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RE: Bird articles in newspapers.


Not a newspaper article but it was an article in an email I got today from Cheshire Wildlife Trust. The article was about waders that you might see in Cheshire during the autumn migration. The first bird listed with a bold headline was a Grand Sandpiper! Having

been a birder for over 60 years I cannot recall having seen a Grand Sandpiper anywhere. The trouble is it looks exactly like a Green Sandpiper  so the ID of this new world species will be difficult to get on anybody's list! An oops moment for the CWT.



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Nice to see james walsh get a write up in birdwatch magazine page 72.well done.

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Great article - the mosses are our Serengeti!


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An article in yesterday's M. E. N

 

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gentle-giant-who-guardian-greater-23786318.amp





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A selection of local media articles

https://www.shawandroytoncorrespondent.co.uk/have-you-seen-the-perfect-10/

Have You Seen The Perfect Ten ?


https://www.shawandroytoncorrespondent.co.uk/royton-ecologist-to-take-part-in-national-local-big-year-competition/

Royton ecologist to take part in national Local Big Year competition


https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/rare-sighting-sends-rochdale-birdwatchers-on-wild-goose-chase/

Rare sighting sends Rochdale birdwatchers on wild goose chase


https://www.shawandroytoncorrespondent.co.uk/autumn-is-a-great-time-for-birding/

Autumn is a great time for birding


https://www.shawandroytoncorrespondent.co.uk/rare-encounters-north-american-wood-duck-spotted-in-alexandra-park/

Rare Encounters


https://www.theoldhamtimes.co.uk/news/18005832.making-oldham-great/

Making Oldham "Great" Again

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An article in yesterday's M. E. N

 

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gentle-giant-who-guardian-greater-23786318.amp



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There was another brilliant example of the media attempting to report a story, about which they knew nothing of the subject matter, in the Metro on Monday. The tragic end of a mega-migrant at the hands of a window in Weymouth had the sting taken from it as they described the bird as a 'Russian white thrush'!! As Bob Geldof once sang 'Don't believe what you read'. 



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An article from the Men, regarding Peregrine at Media City. Featuring a few familiar names.

 https://a.msn.com/r/2/AANRlZV?m=en-gb&referrerID=InAppShare

 



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James Walsh wrote:

https://www.tamesidecorrespondent.co.uk/2021/06/05/the-perfect-ten-birds-of-greater-manchester-survey-now-online/

The Perfect Ten Birds of Greater Manchester Survey Now Online





Note that the "Perfect Ten Birds of Greater Manchester" Survey is open until Tuesday 22nd June - it would be great if as many birders, especially local patchers, as possible could complete the survey... results announced via @MancNature on Sunday 27th June

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMPerfect_10

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https://www.tamesidecorrespondent.co.uk/2021/06/05/the-perfect-ten-birds-of-greater-manchester-survey-now-online/

The Perfect Ten Birds of Greater Manchester Survey Now Online

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A positive article on urban Gulls

 

 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210615-why-sea-gulls-are-making-their-homes-in-our-cities



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https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/each-borough-greater-manchester-could-20473795

MEN, "Idea That Could Really Take Off", 28th April 2021



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An article on Chat Moss.

 

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/crime-placing-one-greater-manchesters-20389886



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A nice find. 

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/25/black-browed-babbler-found-in-borneo-180-years-after-last-sighting



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A nice article with regards to the sleeping habits of migratory birds and how their condition can effect how they sleep.

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-migratory-birds-good-nap.html



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For goodness sake !! after nets over trees etc its:

Spikes on trees in Oxford to 'stop bird poo' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-47961595



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Actually today on BBC News app.:

'Duck-eating' fish removed from Lakeside shopping centre lake https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-47759215



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Wisdom the Albatross possibly 68 years old, to be a mum again.

https://news-sky-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/news.sky.com/story/amp/wisdom-the-albatross-worlds-oldest-known-bird-lays-another-egg-11576483?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.sky.com%2Fstory%2Fwisdom-the-albatross-worlds-oldest-known-bird-lays-another-egg-11576483

 Edit, I can Keith had already posted this 



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Guardian today:EU environment grants (Life and Best Grants)

ending!

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/08/eu-wildlife-grants-brexit?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other



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Guardian today: Motherhood again for the worlds oldest known bird.

 

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/07/worlds-oldest-bird-lays-egg-wisdom-albatross



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Thank you David, for drawing my attention to this poem Armistice .

Wonderful poetry and very very appropriate 

at this time.

 



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dave broome wrote:

The Guardian have reported today that GP surgeries in Shetland have been authorised to direct patients to birding and other wildlife watching, to compliment conventional prescribed drugs. Something I once said should be done (in Manchester City Centre sightings thread I think)



Ass Ming its taken up in England, what chance I can get my GP to prescribe me a week long session on Fair Isle in Sept on a prescription? biggrin

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The Guardian have reported today that GP surgeries in Shetland have been authorised to direct patients to birding and other wildlife watching, to compliment conventional prescribed drugs. Something I once said should be done (in Manchester City Centre sightings thread I think)

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Not a bird article, but a fantastic simile on Skylarks, in Sir Andrew Motion's poem "Armistice"

"Lark music, like a distillation of daylight itself" - Brilliant.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/04/andrew-motion-poet-laureate-publishes-new-war-poem

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/07/tiny-bird-comes-top-battle-against-bird-prey/

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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. 



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



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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. 





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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. 





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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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