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The nominate form of Scops Owl passes through Cyprus on migration, but the prime habitat is already occupied by the sedentary endemic form. Photo: Álvaro Rodríguez Alberich (

Cyprus Scops Owl a potential split

The endemic subspecies of Scops Owl found on Cyprus is a potential good species, DNA analysis has confirmed.

Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands on 30 April 2016. Photo by Penny Dixie/LWT.

Woodberry Wetlands – London’s newest nature reserve

Rebecca Armstrong reports from the opening of a wildlife refuge that has been opened to the public for the first time in almost two centuries.

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Skua ID quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin GarnerClosing Date: 17 Sep 2016

A walk along the cliff-tops at one of the country’s premier seawatching locations has provided some seabird movements to enjoy, but few skuas. Turning round to cast a glance over the ploughed fields which abutt the cliff edges, you notice a dark gull-like bird perched on the ground.

Closer scrutiny reveals the bird to be a skua, its scaly monochrome appearance ageing it as a juvenile. You take careful note of its bill, coloration and undertail coverts, and assess its physical proportions to come to a clear identification ... but what is it?

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Airport noise affects timing of birdsong

Posted: 25 Aug 2016
Noise pollution from aeroplanes has significant effects on the time that birds begin to sing, new research has suggested.

Cambridgeshire RSPB reserve doubled in size by quarry restoration

Posted: 24 Aug 2016
Ouse Fen RSPB in Cambridgeshire has doubled in size following the recent handover of land from a gravel extraction site.

Common Crane breeding success at Lakenheath Fen RSPB

Posted: 23 Aug 2016
For the second year running, two pairs of Common Cranes have successfully raised three chicks between them on a Suffolk RSPB reserve.

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