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28th April

BBC News      New York state to dim lights to save migrating birds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32491715

new yorkThe state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings. The phenomenon, known as "fatal light attraction", is estimated to kill up to one billion birds a year in the US. Millions of birds migrate through New York along the Atlantic Flyway route.

Now those passing over the city by night will stand a better chance of making it further north.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state will join several well-known New York landmarks that have already signed up to the National Audubon Society's Lights Out programme, including the Rockefeller Centre, Chrysler Building and Time Warner Centre.

"This is a simple step to help protect these migrating birds that make their home in New York's forests, lakes and rivers," Mr Cuomo said in a statement.

26th April

The Daily Record       T in the Park: Bird conservationists offer to drop objections.. if organisers take special measures to protect ospreys

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/park-bird-conservationists-offer-drop-5579333

Osprey_Morro_Strand_BeachTHE RSPB have drawn up a plan to protect the birds which are nesting near the new venue for the festival in Perthshire. BIRD conservationists have offered to drop objections to T in the Park – if organisers agree to measures to protect nesting ospreys. RSPB Scotland had feared the festival’s impact on the legally protected birds near its new venue at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. They were among a number of protesters raising concerns about the site.

But yesterday the RSPB told Perth and Kinross Council they would not oppose the July event as long as T bosses agreed to measures including:

  • A 500m buffer zone until mid-June, when the birds are “likely to lay eggs, incubate them and raise chicks”.
  • A permanent buffer zone of 200m where no T staff or revellers are allowed to go after mid-June.
  • No lights or fireworks shining directly at the nest.
  • The dance music tent, big wheel and funfair should be at least 500m away from the osprey nest.

A bird expert on site who can stop any activities that may cause disturbance to the ospreys.

A T in the Park spokeswoman said they had been monitoring the ospreys and their nest and were happy they would have measures in place ” to secure the long-term protection of the birds as well as the future of the event at Strathallan”.

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