Rare breeders

The issue of British Birds to which I probably look forward the most is the annual report of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel. In the July BB the Panel reports on 2010.  It was a year of southern herons and southern warblers. If you read my article on climate change in the August Birdwatch you…

Going on holiday?

Do you want something amusing and entertaining to take on holiday – then take me?  Or at least take Fighting for Birds. That Chris Packham knows a bit about wildlife and this is what he says about Fighting for Birds (click here). I am actually wandering around the north of Britain and so if this…

Flying ants

Last week there was a flock of black-headed gulls above my back garden and much higher there were swifts wheeling around.  Both species were feeding on flying ants – so I contributed my observation to the Society of Biology flying ant survey. I wonder how many more of these I will see? This was good…

Pheasants

Remember there was a bit of fuss about pheasants and buzzards back in May?  Around that time I was writing an article for BBC Wildlife magazine about pheasants!  Now the article is out in the September (!) BBC Wildlife. Pheasants are amazing birds.  They are tasty, beautiful and interesting.  They are also amazingly abundant in…