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Trackers Reveal Secrets of Cuckoo Migratory Patterns
2012-05-07 03:40:11

The first pair of five male cuckoos that were fitted with tracking devices by UK scientists last spring returned to England over the weekend, bringing with them new data about their annual migratory patterns. According to Roya Nikkhah of the Telegraph, the five birds were captured by British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) scientists in Norfolk last May, fitted with satellite-tagged units, and then released back into the wild. Their journey was then monitored as they travelled to Africa last...

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2009-06-30 14:32:09

A 30-year survey of British woodland birds has found that the nightingale has effectively vanished from woodlands across the UK after its population had fallen by more than 95 percent, BBC News Reported. The area has also seen a significant decline in seventeen other bird species as well, many of which overwinter in tropical west Africa where their habitat is suffering. Starling, linnet, bullfinch and willow warbler populations all dropped, while 12 species, including the blackcap, magpie and...

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2009-04-02 11:40:00

A group of wildlife charities are asking for volunteers to carry out a national "stock-take" of the reptiles and amphibians found in the UK's gardens, BBC News reported.The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Froglife and the Herpetological Conservation Trust (HCT) have formed a coalition called Reptiles and Amphibians in your Garden. They're hoping the survey will unite large groups of amateur wildlife watchers including birdwatchers, gardeners, hands-on conservation volunteers and the...

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2008-06-11 10:30:00

A scientist has created a new family tree of birds in the UK in hopes of successfully being able to forecast which birds have a higher likelihood of declining in the future.Compiled by Gavin Thomas, the list of 249 species shows that populations of birds that are more closely related have higher chances of surviving. Therefore, he indicates in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings B, even healthy species of birds may be at risk if its relatives begin to disappear.For example, decline in the...

2005-08-03 08:46:09

LONDON (Reuters) - Birds and bats and wild plants are thriving on Britain's organic farms, a study by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) said on Wednesday. On organic farms, there are 109 percent more wild plants and 85 percent more plant species than on non-organic farms. Organic farms support 32 percent more birds and 35 percent more bats than non-organic farms, the BTO, a charity carrying out independent research on birds, said. There are also 5 percent more bird species on...