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Flooding on the Somerset Levels and Moors. Watercolour by Lord Otter via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - the real battle is getting the Government to pay

Oliver Tickell

9th February 2014

Right wing media and politicians have chosen the Somerset Levels as their battle field for fighting the 'green' agenda. There is just one problem - the facts. On the Levels themselves, there is a remarkable consensus about the way forward - and the future is Green. more...
Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force

8th February 2014

As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ... more...
A British barn owl in the wild. Photo: Barn Owl Trust.

Save our Barn owls!

David Ramsden

6th February 2014

Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels. A big reason for the dramatic decline is the growing use of toxic rodenticides to kill farm rats, writes David Ramsden, who urges us to join the campaign to limit their use. more...
Why did the pheasant cross the road? Photo: johndal via Flickr.com.

Roadkill pheasant and dumplings

Annie Levy

11th February 2014

Roadkill pheasant, quail and dumplings ... Annie Levy embarks on a culinary trip down memory lane to the raw sounds of Bonnie Prince Billy. more...
Magellanic penguins, Rio Negro, Argentina. Photo: S-t-v via Flickr.com.

Argentina: unseasonal storms imperil Magellanic penguins

Tim Radford

4th February 2014

Scientists have identified climate change as the direct cause of rising mortality among penguin chicks hatched in Argentina, as unseasonal storms hit a once arid coastal region. more...
A bird egg collection (this one doubtless legitimate). Photo: thekirbster via Flickr.com.

Sweden: 3 wild egg collectors convicted after UK investigation

The Ecologist

3rd February 2014

An enquiry which started in the UK in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds' eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors - and reveals the international scope of the wild egg trade. more...
Glass offices, Canary Wharf, London. Photo:  Cristian Teichner / Shutterstock.com.

Glass buildings kill birds - architects must act!

James Fischer

1st December 2013

Horrified at the giga-scale death of birds caused by collisions with trendy expanses of plate glass in modern buildings, James Fischer calls on architects to bring an end to the needless slaughter - and "save a billion birds"! more...
Baby sparrow in child's hands. Photo: Firma V / shutterstock.com.

The fallen, the risen

Chaia Heller

A dinner on the deck is interrupted by the fall of a baby sparrow. The event triggers a flood of thoughts and powerful emotions - and a renewed faith in our children's ability to grasp an uncertain future. more...
The Peregrine

The Peregrine

Mark Newton

26th April, 2012

A masterpiece of nature writing, J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ is well worth revisiting, says Mark Newton, not just for the prose but also to help us re-engage with the natural world more...
wildflowers

Five of the best…British wildflowers

Jeff Holman

1st July, 2011

From Viper’s Bugloss to Field Scabious, a scattering of wildflowers can help turn your garden into a haven for wildlife, says Jeff Holman more...
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Top 10...garden wildlife

Katie Fuller

28th June, 2011

From hedgehogs to house sparrows, British gardens are havens for native fauna. The RSPB’s Katie Fuller rounds up her favourites more...
butterfly feeding

Super nature: creating a wildlife garden

Hazel Sillver

22nd March, 2011

From birds to dragonflies and butterflies to bees, Hazel Sillver explains how to turn your garden into a haven for wildlife more...

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Help save Britain’s birds

The Ecologist

25th February, 2011

From buying a nest box to keeping Mr Bigglesworth under control; there are plenty of ways in which you can help the UK’s bird population more...
A short-haired bumblebee

Controversial pesticides linked to 'total ecological collapse' of insects and birds

Dearbhla Crosse and Tom Levitt

16th November, 2010

Widespread use of insecticides affecting bee populations but also causing decline in numbers of birds, butterflies and moths, warns Dutch toxicologist
more...
Sparrow

A wildlife-friendly garden - ponds, baths and natural pest control

Andy Hamilton

20th August, 2010

Making a garden attractive to winged wildlife means more than just leaving out food during the winter months - here are some top tips on gardening beyond veg! more...
Migrating birds

Urban green spaces a ‘lifeline’ for migrating birds

Ecologist

2nd June, 2010

Study points to the importance of maintaining green spaces in high-density towns and cities as migrating birds look to stop for food more...
Pierre Mineau

Pierre Mineau: let's get rid of the pesticides that are killing birds

Laura Sevier

17th December, 2009

Canadian scientist Dr Pierre Mineau talks about the ongoing struggle to protect birds from pesticides that 'don't belong in this millennium' more...
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EU wild-parrot scandal

Tony Juniper

3rd January, 2009

A decade and a half after conservationists wrung from the European Parliament a commitment to end the trade, the EU remains the largest importer of parrots in the world. more...
Bolgs and Comments

Who Was Killed By Cock Robin?

Malcolm Tait

25th November, 2008

Across, the pond, the news that one of the US's most iconic birds might be helping to spread the West Nile virus is about as welcome as suggesting Jesus was a communist more...
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BACK FROM THE DEAD

Malcolm Tait

1st July, 2005

Vast and enduring, nature defies our
attempts to put it in a box
more...
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Defra's overstretched marine budget would be cut under Tories

Malcolm Tait

1st September, 2004

The seabirds of Shetland and Orkney are in ‘deep trouble’, according to the RSPB. Could this be the first real indicator that our lives are about to change quickly and dramatically as a result of climate change? more...
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Ecologist questionnaire: how much do you know about where you live?

The Ecologist

1st May, 2004

‘If we could think locally, we would take far better care of things than we do now. The right local questions and answers will be the right global ones. The Amish question, "What will this do for our community?" tends toward the right answer for the world.’ Wendell Berry more...

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