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Killer fat threatens wild birds


<b>Fatten up garden birds this winter – but not with turkey fat
</b><p>The RSPB is warning that cooked turkey fat is extremely dangerous to birds and is …

The race to save a Christmas icon

Conservationists, farmers and wildlife enthusiasts have rallied to the cause of one of England’s most threatened birds, the Turtle Dove, which has …

He who shall hurt the little Wren, shall never be beloved by men...

<b>In the past, the Wren was the focus of a seasonal hunt and sought out by eager boys and men. These days, the worst Wrens have to face is the cold</b> …

New report charts ongoing disappearance of the UK's 'familiar' countryside birds

The latest <b>State of the UK’s Birds</b> report, published yesterday, reveals that many of our most familiar countryside birds are undergoing sweeping …

Redpolls: a review of their taxonomy, identification and British status

<b>Andy Stoddart</b><p><b>Abstract</b> For taxonomists and birders alike, redpolls have long posed complex problems. This paper reviews our progress in solving those …

Plenty of fish in the sea? Seabird breeding highlights impact of commercial fisheries in the North Sea

<b></b><b>New research led by the BTO shows that the UK’s internationally important seabird populations are being affected by fishing activities in the North</b> …

Declining Hen Harrier populations in the UK and Isle of Man

<b>2010 national survey reveals a decline of 18%</b><p>A recent article in published in <i>Bird Study</i> examines the methodology and outcomes of the 2010 national …

The new BTO Atlas is here!

One of the most ambitious volunteer projects ever undertaken, to map all of Britain & Ireland’s birds in both winter and the breeding season, is …

Unusual feeding behaviour by Great Spotted Woodpecker?

I live in a built-up area away from any woodland so Great Spotted Woodpecker <i>Dendrocopos major</i> is an infrequent visitor to my small garden. On …

Birds of the Heart of England, edited by Trevor Easterbook on behalf of the Banbury Ornithological Society

Liverpool University Press, 2013; hbk, 202pp, many colour photographs, maps and tables<p><b>ISBN 978-1-84631-885-6 Subbuteo code M21845 £25.00</b><p>This …

Interested in Swifts?

If you are, you may want to know about plans for the Cambridge International Swift Conference, during 8th-10th April 2014.<p>And, if you haven’t seen it …

Good news for House Sparrows

<b>During the last few decades, the population of Britain’s House Sparrows has declined by roughly half, causing alarm among both scientists and the</b> …

The distribution of Barn Owl nest-sites in relation to altitude in southwest England

<b>The relationship between the distribution of Barn Owl Tyto alba nest-sites and altitude was analysed in Devon and Cornwall using 30+ years of nest</b> …

List of birds of Great Britain

This <b>list of birds of Great Britain</b> comprises all bird species which have been recorded in a wild state in Great Britain. In general the avifauna of …

Manchester United boss David Moyes decries Howard Webb's 'scandalous' decision in defeat to Tottenham

David Moyes vents his anger at referee Howard Webb's decision not to award Manchester United a penalty after Ashley Young went down in the area during their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham<p>David Moyes delivered a blistering condemnation of Howard Webb after <b>Tottenham Hotspur</b> ended <b>Manchester United</b>’s …

Wildlife-friendly farming will keep British birds singing

Next year is the centenary of Vaughan Williams' much-loved tribute to the skylark: The Lark Ascending. He evoked the song of the skylark to illustrate the green and pleasant land that British troops were leaving to go and fight in the first world war. Now, the skylark is a threatened bird and its …

Kate Bradbury looks for answers to the decline of the much-loved British bird, the cuckoo<p>I don't know what it is about the cuckoo that makes my heart sing, but I could happily sit all day listening to its call. Something about it taps into a sort of inner contentedness – I wonder if we humans have …

'Birdwatching is the best training for animal behaviour'

The sight of two diminutive parrots sitting side by side and nibbling each other's necks is enough of a cliché that we barely give it a second thought. Lovebirds, natives of Africa and Madagascar, are so named because their proximity and mutual preening resemble human affection. But what do …

Bird Cheaters Target Teams, But Teamwork Beats Cheats

The common cuckoo is famed for its knack for mooching off the parental instincts of other birds. It lays its eggs in the nests of at least 100 other species, turning them into inadvertent foster parents for its greedy chicks. For this reason, it’s called a brood parasite.<p>It’s not alone. Among the …

Transfer rumours: Premier League gossip and news

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for clubs in the Premier League and Europe in 2014, as Man Utd plan £90m move for Gareth Bale<p><b>• Rumour of the day:</b> Man Utd are readying a £90m offer for Real Madrid star <b>Gareth Bale</b> in January. (<b>Star</b>)<p><b>• Long shot of the day:</b> Former Chelsea defender <b>Ashley Cole</b> …

Soccer

Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Preview and TV schedule

Manchester United will look to continue their good run with a victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Wednesday's teatime game.<p>Wednesday's late kickoff is almost certainly the most intriguing of the New Year's Day round of Premier League fixtures, with a resurgent Manchester United hosting a stuttering …