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Nov 062018
 
Concern over four missing Hen Harriers

A conservation charity has expressed concern over the disappearance of four tagged hen harriers in recent months. RSPB Scotland said the birds were last located over land managed for grouse shooting when their satellite tags suddenly stopped transmitting. They were last tracked at locations in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association condemned wildlife […]

Oct 302018
 
West Mersea childminder turns beach litter into poppies

From the BBC news online. A childminder has turned plastic litter found on a beach into poppy artwork for Remembrance Day. Thira Lane, 47, from Mersea Island, Essex, has a passion for recycling and has previously created igloos and model seagulls from household waste. Now she has used drinks bottles to create poppies to mark […]

Oct 262018
 

Most prolific egg collector in recent times took nearly 5,000 eggs, including those of rare and declining birds. Today (12 October) Daniel Lingham appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court facing five charges contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, relating to the taking and possession of wild bird eggs. He pleaded guilty to all five […]

Sep 252018
 
Beluga whale in the Thames

A beluga whale has been seen swimming in the River Thames. It was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews, who said it had been feeding around barges near Gravesend in Kent. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation said it was “obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble”. Vessels are being kept clear, with […]

Sep 172018
 
Newsletter editors blog No3

Five ways to celebrate the last of the summer – a post by Aisling B in the community section of the RSPB’s website.  Whilst officially, we don’t say goodbye to British Summer Time until the 28th October, I think we can all agree that it’s starting to feel like the season is on the turn. […]

Aug 182018
 
Newsletter editors blog No. 2

Following on from Malcolm’s excellent article ‘Are butterflies getting rarer‘ in the members posts, I wonder if you have seen anything interesting in your garden. We only have a smallish back garden and have had Small White, Large White, Common Blue and a Meadow Brown, amongst others. How has your garden coped during the really hot […]