Bird of prey killing at ‘sustained high level’
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6h ago
The RSPB’s Birdcrime 2021 report, published today, reveals 108 confirmed incidents of bird of prey persecution in the UK. In England alone there were 80 confirmed incidents: this is the second-highest figure on record for England after 2020’s unprecedented surge. The total includes 50 buzzards, 16 red kites, seven peregrines and three goshawks. Hen harriers, golden eagles and white-tailed eagles continue to be affected. Despite all birds of prey being protected by law since the 1950s and more recently under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the majority of victims were either shot, trappe ..read more
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RSPB enhances visitor experience at number of nature reserves across the UK
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22h ago
The RSPB is opening new cafés at four of its nature reserves, as part of its efforts to drive community engagement and connections to nature across the UK. A £2.8m loan from Triodos Bank UK will support the creation of new cafés at The Lodge in Bedfordshire, Dee Estuary in Cheshire, Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire and Conwy, North Wales. As well as playing an important role in its conservation work, the charity’s nature reserves are fantastic places to experience and discover more about wildlife and the landscapes they call home.  The new facilities will offer the space for families and wi ..read more
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Southern Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Declared ‘Endangered’ by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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2d ago
The Lesser Prairie-Chicken has suffered from significant loss of grassland habitat across its historic range. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today listed the Lesser Prairie-Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. A southern subpopulation has been declared Endangered, meaning that it has been deemed in danger of extinction, while a northern subpopulation is listed as Threatened, meaning that it is likely to become Endangered in the future if circumstances do not change. The listing comes after decades of grassland habitat loss and degradation across the species’ histor ..read more
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Our planet “still in the emergency room”: Mixed results for climate and nature at COP27
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3d ago
Running two days into overtime, COP27 has largely failed to live up to its billing as ‘the implementation COP’. While agreement on a fund to compensate developing countries for losses and damages due to climate change was a true breakthrough, as well as the hard-fought recognition of the right to a healthy environment making the final text, much else fell short, including on increasing climate action commitments to ‘keep 1.5 alive’, and strengthening nature-climate linkages. COP27 – this year’s annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – fi ..read more
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Large pigeon lost to science for 140 years rediscovered in Papua New Guinea
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3d ago
An expedition with the Search for Lost Birds captured the first-ever photos and video of the Black-naped Pheasant-Pigeon. A team of scientists and conservationists has rediscovered the elusive Black-naped Pheasant-Pigeon, a large, ground-dwelling pigeon that only lives on Fergusson Island, a rugged island in the D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago off of eastern Papua New Guinea. Like other pheasant-pigeons, the Black-naped Pheasant-Pigeon has a broad and laterally compressed tail, which, along with its size, makes it closely resemble a pheasant. The bird has been observed several times over the years ..read more
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Endangered Parakeet Gets More Protected Habitat Thanks to Conserva Aves Initiative
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4d ago
Conserva Aves, a partnership supported by the Bezos Earth Fund and other donors, completes its first reserve expansion, with more than 500 acres (200 ha) protected for the Endangered El Oro Parakeet and dozens of other species. Thanks to generous support from the Bezos Earth Fund and other donors, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of two BirdLife partners in the Americas along with National Audubon Society and one of the leading organizations of the Conserva Aves Initiative, has worked with partner Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco (Jocotoco) to expand its bird-rich Buenaven ..read more
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Recovering nature in the East
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6d ago
Halting and reversing global biodiversity loss has never been as urgent as now. Ecosystems support all life on earth and the healthier they are, the healthier we and our planet are. It’s time to restore nature, and we at BirdLife believe the most effective way to do so is through a local to global approach. Eastern Europe and Central Asia offer massive opportunities for nature to recover through protecting its large areas of wilderness and restoring degraded habitats. Our new programme, Recovering Nature in the East, or simply RENATE, will focus on strengthening BirdLife Partners in Easte ..read more
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Forests for the future: making a lasting impact for people and forests in Asia and the Pacific
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1w ago
Local communities know their forests better than anyone, and nothing can replace their expertise in forest conservation. As the Forest Governance Project demonstrates, when given the opportunity they can create a better future for themselves and nature. A world without forests would be a world without life. Yet despite this well-known fact, it’s no secret that forests around the globe are under threat and disappearing before our eyes. Forests across Asia and the Pacific are particularly special, teeming with an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Sadly, this has not been enough to spar ..read more
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Conservation friendly agriculture heralds a bright future for Tanzanian farmers
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1w ago
Amani, the Swahili word for peace, is an apt summary of the prevalent feeling as one starts the drive from Muheza District Headquarters in Tanga region, northeast Tanzania, towards the forested hilly landscapes of Amani Nature Reserve. The Reserve, located in Muheza and Korogwe Districts of Tanga Region, is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and hosts many endemic and endangered species of animals, plants, and birds including the Usambara Eagle Owl (Bubo vosseleri), and the Usambara Weaver (Ploceus nicolli) among others. The critically endangered Long-billed Forest Warbler&n ..read more
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Could creating more mud become as important as tree planting in fight against climate change?
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1w ago
A new report outlines a quicker, more effective way to fight climate change than planting forests – creating and restoring more coastal saltmarshes full of carbon-storing mud. As the world meets to agree its latest plans to combat climate change at the UN Climate Change COP, WWT’s Wetlands For Carbon Storage Route Map calls for the creation of at least 22,000 hectares[i] of coastal saltmarsh by 2050 to help the UK government reach its net zero targets. Reaching 22,000 hectares (an area twice the size of Bristol) could store 1.5 megatonnes of carbon dioxide every year – equi ..read more
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