Category: News

Bumper breeding season for rare waders

It was uplifting to learn that Black-tailed Godwits, the elegant wading birds at the heart of the outstanding Project Godwit initiative, have enjoyed a bumper breeding season in Southern England. Below you will find a news release from the organisations involved in the PG scheme for you to peruse at your leisure - surely we ...

Lets talk about the Tyne Kittiwakes

If you live in the North East, doubtless you have noted the recent, and entirely justified, outcry surrounding the unfortunate deaths of a number of Kittiwakes (a globally threatened, predominately oceanic and entirely harmless species) caused by entrapment in bird deterrent netting erected on Newcastle's Quayside. The issue has been everywhere this week, highlighted by ...

An exciting annoucement…

We're delighted to announce that @CommonByNature, founder & director of the fabulous @NewNature_Mag, has accepted an invitation to join #BSBIPublications Committee: https://t.co/3dLxZkDe44 https://t.co/3Kw6VwLZVT Great to have you on board James! @EyebrightChris @BSBIscience pic.twitter.com/UAtq8Ja2QW — BSBI (@BSBIbotany) 25 July 2018 I am thrilled to announce that yesterday, I received confirmation have I have been elected to ...

Call for public support towards a wilder Scotland

Golden eagles, beavers, ospreys and pine martens will take centre stage in a landmark new conservation book aiming to inspire a change in attitudes and a move towards a wilder Scotland. Scotland: A Rewilding Journey will lay out a vision of how rewilding could transform Scotland and benefit its people and wildlife.  It is being supported ...

Dramatic drone footage reveals bird’s eye view of tree top heronry

Drone footage of a large heronry could shed new light on bird populations across the country. Remarkable footage shot at the Woodland Trust-owned Parrs Wood at Grappenhall Heys in Warrington, Cheshire, shows 18 nests perched precariously in the top of trees. The coverage was shot on behalf of Brian Martin from the British Trust of ...

Hebridean Whale Trail set to be the first of its kind in the UK

Individuals, communities and businesses are being asked to contribute ideas for top sites at which to spot whales, dolphins and porpoises from land on Scotland’s west coast - all in an effort to help create a Hebridean Whale Trail that will be the first of its kind in the UK.  The high-profile trail will be ...

Rare reptiles given a second chance at RSPB reserve

One of the UK’s  most threatened reptiles has been given a boost with the introduction of 21 young sand lizards to the RSPB’s Farnham Heath reserve. With summer just around the corner, sand lizards are looking forward to a brighter future after a project between the RSPB and ARC saw 21 sand lizards given new homes at ...

Hookpod: the best conservation initiative you may not have heard of

Invented by conservationists in collaboration with commercial fishermen, a new device is helping longline fishing vessels to be safer for seabirds. What is longline fishing and how does it endanger seabirds? Longline fishing is a commercial activity that involves catching fish such as tuna and swordfish using very long lines of baited hooks. A single ...

Beloved Kielder ospreys sighted in West Africa!

Great news for fans of the wonderful Kielder ospreys!  If you’re eagerly awaiting the return of the birds to their breeding ground at Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland during April, you will be pleased to hear that four birds have been sighted in West Africa.  Joanna Dailey is an osprey volunteer with the Forestry ...

New study reveals the secret life of Jersey’s grass snakes

Research on Jersey’s elusive grass snakes has found that their numbers are higher than first thought; though experts believe they’re still at high risk of extinction. The study, led by scientist Dr Rob Ward from the Durrell Institute of Conversation and Ecology (DICE), within the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent and working with ...

Record numbers of common dolphin sightings off Scotland’s west coast

Sightings of common dolphins across the Hebrides have reached a record high according to research conducted by marine conservation charity, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Evidence collected during marine research expeditions on the Trust’s specialized research yacht, Silurian, in 2017 has revealed a dramatic 24% increase from the previous year’s already record-breaking figures. “We have never documented ...

Hunting and Optics: should I feel guilty for where I shop?

It cannot have escaped your attention that, over the past few weeks, some optics companies (those who produce binoculars, scopes and cameras) have received a large amount of criticism due to their ties to the hunting industry. Indeed, following the publication of their first report in 2016, Ethical Consumer has published a second report highlighting the ...