BTO press release – Europe’s breeding birds get long-overdue stocktake

Europe’s breeding birds get long-overdue stocktake New European Breeding Bird Atlas, a milestone for biodiversity research and nature conservation in Europe, is published today. Highlights The European Bird Census Council (EBCC) publishes the second European Breeding Bird Atlas EBBA2, a milestone for biodiversity knowledge in Europe A tremendous collaborative effort by the EBCC and its partner…

RSPB press release – marine SPAs in Scotland

RSPB Scotland welcomes seabird safe havens, but questions why Orkney sites are missing   Puffins, terns, eiders and long-tailed ducks are among the wildlife that stands to get a boost from legal protection announced today.   The long-awaited declaration of ‘Special Protection Areas’ (SPAs) will safeguard some of the places that hundreds of thousands of birds rely…

Bird/poultry flu in proper wild birds in Northumberland

Lindisfarne is a fantastic place: it’s beautiful scenically and stuffed full of birds, particularly in winter. One of the ‘star’ birds (all birds are stars, even Linnets) is the Light-bellied (or Pale-bellied) Brent Goose which visits the area around Lindisfarne in winter after travelling from its breeding grounds in the high Arctic in Svalbard (Spitzbergen),…

Your views on book reviews here

I asked you a variety of questions about the book reviews on this blog and these were your responses. From the results below I take it that you generally like the reviews, find them useful and they steer your purchasing decisions a bit – at least a bit. Q1: My blog, Standing up for Nature,…