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2008-09-05 12:00:20

By LINDA McKEE Convicted wildlife criminals are getting away with what amounts to a fine and a slap on the wrists, Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has been warned. The threat of jail terms is needed to act as a deterrent to those who would harm Northern Ireland's wildlife, he was told by the RSPB in a meeting this week. As well as calling for tougher sentencing for wildlife criminals, the group also asked the minister to introduce legislation protecting nest sites outside breeding...

2008-08-21 06:00:33

By Frank Urquhart THE Trump Organisation yesterday condemned the decision of two of Scotland's leading wildlife charities to mount a newspaper advertising campaign against Donald Trump's plans for a GBP 1 billion golf resort on a site of special scientific interest. Full-page adverts calling on members of the public to join the protest campaign were placed by RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The advertisements urge people who oppose plans to site the main championship...

2008-07-31 18:00:30

THE RSPB is inviting farmers in the North East to join a successful scheme which can boost farm incomes while helping the wildlife on their land. The "Volunteer & Farmer Alliance" is organised by the RSPB and offers farmers a free survey of the breeding birds on their land, carried out by a local volunteer. Taking part is completely free with no-strings attached, and it's a great way for farmers to find out valuable information about birds on the farm. A trained volunteer visits...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT LIKE the canary in the coalmine, our seabirds' welfare indicates the health of our marine environment and it has already sounded the alarm, according to RSPB Scotland. Yesterday it urged the Scottish Government to put the environment at the heart of its consultation on Scotland's first marine bill, published on Monday. According to the charity, early reports of seabird breeding performance on its coastal reserves indicate continuing problems for the...

2008-06-25 09:02:50

TWO pairs of iconic wading birds have set up home on the Tees for the first time in 200 years. The avocets, striking black and white wading birds which are the emblem of the RSPB, are rearing eight chicks on a lagoon owned by SABIC UK near the Seal Sands. This is the first time since records began in the 1800s that avocets have successfully nested on the Tees Estuary. The lagoon was created in 1999 by the Industry and Nature Conservation Association (INCA) with funding from the...

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2008-05-10 00:05:00

British researchers have discovered a bird species, called great tits, that has adapted to climate change by breeding earlier in the year. By doing this, the tits are able to keep apace with the earlier emergence of the caterpillars on which the birds feed.  Interestingly, while the researchers observed this behavior in the British birds, the same birds in the Netherlands did not adjust to the shift in climate. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) told BBC News that...

2006-07-24 09:14:48

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have tagged three northern bald ibis, among the last survivors of a species of Middle Eastern bird once so revered that it had its own ancient Egyptian hieroglyph, in an effort to save them from extinction. Only 13 of the birds remain in Syria, Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the conservation agency BirdLife International said in a news release. The birds, with their distinctive black Mohican-style plumage and long,...

2006-06-22 18:17:43

OSLO (Reuters) - Windmills have killed nine eagles in less than a year at a key breeding site in Norway, showing that governments should be more cautious in picking where to set up turbines, a conservation group said on Friday. Only one pair of white-tailed eagles -- Europe's biggest eagle species -- had young this year on the windmill site at Smoela, a set of islands off mid-Norway, Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said in a statement. Smoela used to be a...

2006-06-22 18:15:00

OSLO (Reuters) - Windmills have killed nine eagles in less than a year at a key breeding site in Norway, showing that governments should be more cautious in picking where to set up turbines, a conservation group said on Friday. Only one pair of white-tailed eagles -- Europe's biggest eagle species -- had young this year on the windmill site at Smoela, a set of islands off mid-Norway, Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said in a statement. Smoela used to be a stronghold...

2005-10-20 08:05:00

PARIS -- Avian flu, believed to be carried south from China and Siberia by migrating wildfowl, threatens to push some of the world's rarest birds toward extinction, conservation groups said on Thursday. Experts also voiced concern that any attempts to cull wildfowl suspected of carrying the disease could simply scatter the virus more widely by driving flocks away from their normal routes, doing more harm than good. Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has identitified...


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