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BEMPTON CLIFFS RSPB – theres a new seabird centre. rspb.org.uk/bemptoncliffs
Very interesting news of co-operation between RSPB and Barratt Homes, in order to build a community that is wildlife friendly.
More strange bird deaths. Are they related? Have a look at this report – click here.
Thousands of birds drop dead out of the sky in USA.
OTTER’S IN LEEDS
Anybody seen any?
Try Rodley Nature Reserve – see links under blogroll
BIRD’S NEED FEEDING
Birds need feeding more than ever in this cold, snowy, freezing weather. The ground feeders are particularly at risk. Haven’t seen any chaffinches for a few days. Have spread seed under bushes for dunnocks and apples out for balckbirds.
High energy food – ie peanuts, suet blocks and fat balls, is a must – however, my fatballs are frozen!!! Blue tits still having a go at them though.
BTO LATEST UPDATE ON THE CONTRASTING FORTUNES OF BRITAIN’S BIRDS.
The current report highlights several key findings:
- The best long-term trends show population declines of greater than 50% for 24 species: Grey Partridge,Lapwing, Snipe, Woodcock, Redshank, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Little Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker,Skylark, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Yellowhammerand Corn Bunting;
- A further nine species show long-term declines of 25-50% over periods of 25 to 41 years: Common Sandpiper, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest andBullfinch;
- Populations of 18 species have more than doubled over the long term: Mute Swan, Canada Goose,Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Jackdaw andCarrion Crow;
- Six formerly declining species have shown significant positive trends over the last 10 years: Grey Wagtail,Dunnock, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, Tree Sparrow and Reed Bunting;
- The new summary figure of Fledglings Per Breeding Attempt (FPBA) represents the mean number of young leaving each nest in a given year. Ten species show declines in FPBA over the past 20 years or more, indicating that reproductive output has decreased over time: the red-listed Nightjar, Spotted Flycatcher,Linnetand Yellowhammer, amber-listed Dunnock, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting, and green-listed Great Tit and Chaffinch;
- Increasing breeding performance may be helping to drive population expansion of a number of increasing species: Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Redstart and Reed Warbler;
- Six further species show significant increases in productivity as populations decline, which may be due to density dependence: Kestrel, Skylark, Dipper, Starling, House Sparrow and Tree Sparrow;
- Data from the Nest Record Scheme provide strong evidence of shifts towards earlier laying in a range of species, linked to climate change, with 39 species, on average, laying 5-30 days earlier than in the mid 1960s. Species involved represent a wide range of ecological groups, including raptors (Kestrel — 8 days), waterbirds (Moorhen— 5 days), waders (Oystercatcher — 6 days), migrant insectivores (Pied Flycatcher — 11 days), resident insectivores (Robin — 8 days), corvids (Magpie — 30 days) and resident seed-eaters (Greenfinch — 15 days).
The full report is available online at www.bto.org/birdtrends2010.
Monday 22nd November 2010
RUSSIA’S AMUR TIGER
Click here to find out how a Russian team are trying to find ways to solve the human/tiger conflict in Russia, in order to preserve the beautiful Amur Tigers.
FARMING FOR WILDLIFE ESCAPES CUTS BUT DEFRA DOESN’T!
Apparently, funding for wildlife friendly farming has escaped government cuts!!
BUT the environment agency have lost out – they are responsible for looking after rivers in England and Wales. 30 per cent equals a decrease of 700m.