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Rook at this mess from todays Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/11/rook-at-this-mess-french-park-trains-crows-to-pick-up-litter?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other



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Andy Bissitt wrote:
Keith Mills wrote:

In todays Daily Telegraph page 9:

''Inglorious 12th as lack of grouse hits shoots''

The start of the Grouse shooting season is on Monday the 13th of August this year(illegal to shoot game birds on Sunday)

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association says '' Half of the grouse shoots across England and Wales have cancelled their entire

2018 shooting programmes with the remainder running at a much reduced schedule''

The Scottish borders too, are having to abandon planned events to allow (grouse) stocks to recover.

Young birds are  suffering the most and down by 33% compared to 2017

The harsh winter and the hot summer (lack of insects and reduced heather growth), and growing numbers of parasites in Scotland are contributing factors.


This is the Moorland Association's press release. In private it will all be blamed on birds of prey with no doubt devastating consequences for them. Also more than a suggestion of them trying to keep a lower profile with strength of feeling growing against these anachronistic relics of the class system.

Andy B


The article  in the Telegraph was written by Coran Elliot and is not a press release, Andy. The article contains other quotes from Dr Adam Smith, Scotland Director of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust,  

Debbie Collins a spokesman for BASC, and James Chapel a spokesman for William Powell Sporting. There is no mention of Birds of Prey.



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Keith Mills wrote:

In todays Daily Telegraph page 9:

''Inglorious 12th as lack of grouse hits shoots''

The start of the Grouse shooting season is on Monday the 13th of August this year(illegal to shoot game birds on Sunday)

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association says '' Half of the grouse shoots across England and Wales have cancelled their entire

2018 shooting programmes with the remainder running at a much reduced schedule''

The Scottish borders too, are having to abandon planned events to allow (grouse) stocks to recover.

Young birds are  suffering the most and down by 33% compared to 2017

The harsh winter and the hot summer (lack of insects and reduced heather growth), and growing numbers of parasites in Scotland are contributing factors.


This is the Moorland Association's press release. In private it will all be blamed on birds of prey with no doubt devastating consequences for them. Also more than a suggestion of them trying to keep a lower profile with strength of feeling growing against these anachronistic relics of the class system.

Andy B



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In todays Daily Telegraph page 9:

''Inglorious 12th as lack of grouse hits shoots''

The start of the Grouse shooting season is on Monday the 13th of August this year(illegal to shoot game birds on Sunday)

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association says '' Half of the grouse shoots across England and Wales have cancelled their entire

2018 shooting programmes with the remainder running at a much reduced schedule''

The Scottish borders too, are having to abandon planned events to allow (grouse) stocks to recover.

Young birds are  suffering the most and down by 33% compared to 2017

The harsh winter and the hot summer (lack of insects and reduced heather growth), and growing numbers of parasites in Scotland are contributing factors.



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Again, not a newspaper, but another interesting update from NW Norfolk, and the Dersingham Bog Stonechats, for anyone interested in this species.

https://northwestnorfolkstonechats.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/round-two-2/

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A nice article with a lot of common sense to boot.

 

https://www-cornwalllive-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/how-deal-seagulls-but-just-1828485.amp?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cornwalllive.com%2Fnews%2Fcornwall-news%2Fhow-deal-seagulls-but-just-1828485



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Some disturbing news with regards to licenced culling of red listed species in Scotland.

 

https://stv-tv.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/stv.tv/amp/1424779-licences-being-granted-to-cull-scotland-s-threatened-birds/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fstv.tv%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2F1424779-licences-being-granted-to-cull-scotland-s-threatened-birds%2F



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North Yorkshire police appeal re. the Red Kite found shot in Yorkshire Dales:https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/appeal-for-information-after-red-kite-found-dead-in-the-yorkshire-dales/



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Amusing article on :https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/belgian-naturist-beach-plan-blocked-over-subsidiary-activities?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The Flemish wildlife agency has blocked an application for a second nudists beach, to protect the Crested Larks in the nearby dunes.

Near Ostend Belgium. 



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Monday 23rd of July 2018 01:02:01 PM

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Thanks Roger,  predictive text change; Harford Bridge it is!



-- Edited by Keith Mills on Monday 9th of July 2018 01:42:34 PM

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Keith Mills wrote:

The Eastern Daily Press reports,  today, the story of Swallows

nests that have been destroyed at Tescos Hartford Bridge branch at Norwich.

The police are investigating the matter and are appealing for witnesses. 





-- Edited by Keith Mills on Sunday 8th of July 2018 01:56:19 PM



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It is Harford Bridge near Norwich ...... Hartford Bridge being part of the Northwich bypass.

Roger.

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The Eastern Daily Press reports,  today, the story of Swallows

nests that have been destroyed at Tescos Hartford Bridge branch at Norwich.

The police are investigating the matter and are appealing for witnesses. 





-- Edited by Keith Mills on Sunday 8th of July 2018 01:56:19 PM

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I couldn't find a thread devoted to either Stonechats, or Bird articles in the wider media, so I've plumped for this one.

This is a very interesting read, from North west Norfolk, for anyone involved in monitoring breeding Stonechat, and mirrors exactly my experiences in Stalybridge so far in 2018.

https://northwestnorfolkstonechats.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/off-the-starting-blocks/



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A few days old, and on the Guardian website (not sure if it was in the print version)- an article about the origins of some bird names:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/28/bird-names-origins-blackbird-yellowhammer

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Yesterday's Guardian, page 15, headed:

''Scottish gamekeeper is banned after crime against rare bird of prey''

A head keeper (Tillypronie Estate, in Royal Deeside)  was filmed using a baited trap near a Goshawk nest.

He is barred by Scottish Natural Heritage(SNH) from carrying out any wild bird control in Scotland for 3 years.

SNH used a civil burden of proof. The gamekeepers name is withheld on data protection grounds, but he no longer works  at Tillypronie, and the sanction heavily restricts

the ability to work as a gamekeeper.



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An interesting online article about raptors in Australia purposely using fire to flush prey.

 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/13/claim-birds-of-prey-deliberately-setting-wildfires/amp/#ampshare=https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/13/claim-birds-of-prey-deliberately-setting-wildfires/



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There was an article in last Friday's Manchester evening news about Oystercatchers  and makes mention to birding legend Dave Steel.



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New postage stamp for 2018; forget pigeon post it's Osprey 1rst class.
Photo from today's i-newspaper.

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Page 27 of today's i-newspaper contains an interview with Sergeant Kev Kelly, who last month was awarded ''Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year''
101 arrests, by his team of 21 wildlife crime officers in North Yorkshire, in one year. Let's hope some of his zeal rubs off on Peak District, Bowland, Grampian and Norfolk
Wildlife Crime Officers.

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In today's 'i' newspaper: Two pages on ''the Secret life of owls''. Written by John Lewis-Stempel. Taken, I think, from his book out now, ''The Secret Life of the Owl''.
£7.99 Doubleday.


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Call for action to protect Scotland's endangered capercaillie birds

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/26/call-for-action-to-protect-scotlands-endangered-capercaillie-birds?
See attached file.

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Wasn't sure where to post this but Defra's latest bird population trends were published today.

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/614737/UK_Wild_birds_1970_2015_2.pdf

Some good news since '09 for nightingales and clearly for Cetti's warbler, blackcap and others. Bad news for a lot of other species, although the cold winters of 09-11 seem to have affected water birds to an extent in the short term.

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The article refers to the EU Habitats Directive and the EU Bird Directive.
Gove is pressing the case for the developers, as there is a 400m
Buffer zone round the heath and any development within 5km must
Provide " a suitable alternative green space"
The article is, I think, worth a read.....


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Mr Gove (for me one of the top 10 most offensive tories) can be as keen as he wants, but if these areas are SSSI's they are protected under our own legislation and 'shouldnt' be affected by any amendments to the Habitats and species/birds directives. Of course the Government quite happily runs rough shod over its own laws and rules most of the time anyway so really it probably doesn't matter what level of protection they have.

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Two page article in the ipaper today:
"WILDLIFE LAWS IN THE LINE OF FIRE"
by Jeremy Robson.
Concerned about the possible effects of Brexit on wildlife protection.
In particular the Thames basin heaths. Mr Gove the MP for Surrey Heath is " very keen to have more homes built there"
Dartford Warblers, Nightjar and Woodlarks use these habitats.


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Tofu sarni's anyone biggrin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/rise-hipster-bird-watcher/

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http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/culture/urban-birding-london-birdwatching/ 

reading this it sounds like we'll be jostling for position with celebs in Horrocks Hide and doing vis mig on the moors in 2017



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An interesting piece on gulls in today's "Independent "

http://edition.independent.co.uk/editions/uk.co.independent.issue.150716/data/7134146/index.html

Shame they refer to them as "Seagulls".

In the same edition, a depressingly familiar article on extinctions.

http://edition.independent.co.uk/editions/uk.co.independent.issue.150716/data/7137516/index.html

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More gloom on climate change, this time penguins. How can anyone deny it?

http://edition.independent.co.uk/editions/uk.co.independent.issue.300616/data/7109756/index.html



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I have thought on a couple of occasions recently what a beautiful bird the goldfinch is, and the fact that they are so commonplace these days means that they are perhaps under-appreciated. Not any more by me, after reading this depressing account

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/organised-crime-finds-a-new-type-of-contraband-goldfinches-a7016676.html

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just been reading last weeks Wigan Observer where they carried a story about a robin catching fish ! wigan photographer Dave Taylor was on a trip to Castle Douglas in Scotland when he spotted a robin with a small fish in it's mouth he saw the robin return several times to a tank filled with small fish the robin jumped in caught a small fish shook it violently and flew off with it repeating the procedure several times, the photo's and story were passed to birdguides magazine and have been sold to a news agency.

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This post got me thinking about a 'recent'-ish event that I have chatted to many customers/birders about, that many didn't know had happened. The Parus major latin name for Great Tit is the only surviving 'old' latin name in the Tit family now as they have been reclassified away from all being Parus. From the current BTO list (  http://www.bto.org/about-birds/birdfacts/british-list ) the following are now correct:

Blue Tit is now Cyanistes caeruleus from Parus caeruleus

Crested Tit is now Lophophanes cristatus from Parus cristatus

Coal Tit is now Periparus ater from Parus ater

Willow Tit is now Poecile montana from Parus montanus

Marsh Tit is now Poecile palustris from Parus palustris

 



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It was nice to lift this morning's Independent from the mat and be greeted by half the front page taken up with an image of Parus minor, the Japanese cousin of our Parus major. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/birds-can-speak-in-phrases-and-warn-each-other-of-danger-study-shows-a6919876.html

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This morning's Daily Telegraph:
The Metropolitan Police are considering the use of Eagles to bring down drones, now being used by criminal gangs.
This includes drones used in the illegal drug trade.
Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has been impressed with similar tactics used by officers in Holland.
A Met spokesman has confirmed this interest.

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Given the inclusion of 230 plus SSSI's in the areas allocated for fracking licences, despite Governments 'promises' to the contrary, I doubt local planners will have much say anyway.

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Councils will listen, Craig, and sometimes accept advice, but the notion that "...local people decide where developments should and shouldn't go" is a blatant lie. "Mitigation" concessions, where developers pretend to be appeasing objectors, sometimes work, but more often than not, in my experience, they're half-hearted and doomed to fail. As for the Lodge Hill Nightingales, the proposal to "relocate" them near Shoeburyness, fourteen miles away across the Thames Estuary set a new record for daftness by complete dimwits.
Even if a new site had been on Lodge Hill's doorstep, replacing a many centuries-old ecosystem by sticking a few saplings in the ground and probably scattering grass and flower seeds everywhere sums up the lack of nous among the real decision-makers.

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Interesting quote in there in the last line of the article - mention of strict legislation around wildlife and the statement "Our planning reforms also mean councils and local people decide where developments should and shouldnt go.

Really? I think the escapade on the SSSI down Medway where the LA gave permission to build on Lodge Hill - home to a significant Nightingale population - despite advice and protests to the contrary demonstrates that the planning reforms do anything but.

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The Wigan Flashes got a mention in the following article in today's Independent, concerning the threat to Willow Tit habitats.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/willow-tit-under-threat-as-government-make-it-easier-for-developers-to-build-on-disused-mines-10510152.html

All the more reason to get those sightings submitted formally wink

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Fascinating 2 page article in yesterday's Daily Telegraph (travel section June 14th.):

''To Berlin -strictly for birds''
Over the last decade Goshawks have apparently moved into Berlin in a big way with an estimated 90 breeding
pairs spread across the city
Plenty info. on flights and Birding Berlin tours and Berlin bird books!...

A nice quote ...''Few people would expect to watch a pair of them, from a café terrace in Berlin's arty
Kreuzberg district''...... Sounds like my kind of birding.biggrin
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