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8th May

BBC                Forest of Bowland 'missing' birds: £10,000 reward offered

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-32662231

A £10,000 reward has been offered after three rare birds of prey disappeared in Lancashire.

Northern_(Hen)_HarrierThe RSPB said a male hen harrier vanished from a Forest of Bowland nest three weeks ago, with males at two others not seen for a week. Male hen harriers disappearing while part of an active nesting attempt is "exceptionally unusual", the charity added. Police are investigating. The reward is for any information which leads to a successful conviction.

The hen harrier is listed as a red status species, meaning that it is threatened and that populations have suffered a severe decline in numbers. In the absence of males to hunt for food, females at two of the nests were forced to abandon their eggs, the charity said. “Last year there were only two breeding pairs in the Forest of Bowland.”

 

Martin Harper, from the RSPB, said: "Hen harriers are hanging on by a thread in England and the disappearances of the past few weeks have made a desperate situation even worse.

"We don't know what has happened to these three birds, but we will find out and we will save our hen harriers. This is an awful setback, but it will not stop us."

6th May

Daily Mail               How feeding the birds could harm our best-loved species

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3069551/How-feeding-birds-harm-best-loved-species-Leaving-bread-nuts-garden-attract-foreign-invaders.html

  • Study showed putting out bird feed creates competition for native species
  • Researchers suggest putting out food tailored to local birds' diets
  • Peanuts are best for greenfinches, while mild cheese is best for robins

birds feeding 3Feeding the birds may make us feel good but it could be harming some of our best-loved native species, scientists have warned. This is because the kind gesture of leaving nut-filled feeders and stale bread in the back garden is more likely to attract foreign invaders. An 18-month study found that feeding birds in towns may be upsetting the delicate balance between native species and larger, more aggressive varieties introduced from overseas.

It is estimated that six in ten Britons leave food out to attract wild birds. But far from making a haven for wildlife, it risks creating a battleground.

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