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  1. El Annie

    Apologise for the lapse in [email protected] up-dates...............

    ...........have been very, very busy and away from the compi but here's today's tit-bits and very interesting they are too!! Wildlife boom as rare species fly, swim and crawl their way back Britain's wildlife is crawling back from the brink. Some of the country’s best loved and most...
  2. El Annie

    Some really good stories in [email protected] today.......

    Thriving otters are on the move Otters, recently thought close to extinction in Britain, are now more common than at any time since the Second World War, and their habitat is five times larger than it was a quarter of a century ago. Previously confined largely to the South West of England...
  3. El Annie

    Rabbit predators question

    What creature would skin rabbit to the bone but leave it's feet intact?? In this vacinity we have fox, badger, mink, stoat and I'm told the odd otter but I haven't seen one............... Annie :)
  4. El Annie

    Swallows have paired up.............

    The Swallows arrived back here on 29th April and I have been waiting with bated breath to see if 'our' Swallows would return to our cottage and nest again in the yard shed and today they have made their first visits!! A lovely sight, chattering away to each other whilst checking out the new...
  5. El Annie

    [email protected] today...............

    Choughs hatch chicks for second year running The first wild choughs to breed in England for 50 years have hatched more chicks. The chough, which is the emblem of Cornwall, had not bred in the county for five decades until last summer when three chicks were born. The RSPB today confirmed that...
  6. El Annie

    In [email protected] today............

    Why one good tern deserves another.. It is a struggle for survival when over-fishing means you have less to feed on and large predatory seagulls want to eat you. But now conservationists have come up with the answer to help the decreasing population of terns near the Firth of Forth - by...
  7. El Annie

    Twitch question

    Hope I'm putting this in the right forum.......... Would anyone happen to know if there was a Twitch in Masham, Nth Yorks, (UK) on Sunday 4th May???? Annie :)
  8. El Annie

    Question.........

    Can anybody explain to me plainly and simply what is meant by 'imprinting'. Many thanks. Annie :h?:
  9. El Annie

    Shy bird makes home near Suffolk airbase.............

    ................ A rare species of bird has chosen a unique setting to escape the ever-growing threat of poachers. Four pairs of stone curlew have made their home at a military runway at RAF Lakenheath in the midst of the constant roar of jet engines at the base. Though not the most typical of...
  10. El Annie

    Fears for rare bird populations after sites damaged in fires............

    ...........The country yesterday was counting the environmental cost of the moor and woodland fires that have burned across huge areas of Scotland. As rain finally helped extinguish most of the blazes, conservationists said a vital bird nesting site on Lewis had been destroyed and unlikely to...
  11. El Annie

    Excellent stuff in [email protected] today!!!

    Arriving one by one, the swallows that make summer One of the great wonders of the natural world is suddenly visible for the first time – heralding a transformation in the understanding of ornithology. The miracle of bird migration, when millions of summer visitors pour into Britain to nest...
  12. El Annie

    [email protected] is back with lots of interesting birdie bits!!!

    David is back from his jollies - and about time too!! (Bless him) today's installment as good as ever.................... Rare bird 'closer to extinction' The burning of heather moorlands is threatening England's hen harrier with extinction. Just seven breeding females raised 22 chicks last...
  13. El Annie

    [email protected] holiday!!

    For those that follow the [email protected] threads I haven't abandoned it - David, the guy that puts it all together, is having a well earned holiday!! He'll be back with more [email protected] news on 19th April. Annie :)
  14. El Annie

    Nest I.D.

    I know that there are lots of birds that build large stick nests so this could be a non-starter! Nest is high in fork of a tree, definitely constructed of large sticks and about 70/90cm wide. Tree is located in a small woody/boggy area with a stagnant mill race running close by and the river...
  15. El Annie

    Whooping Crane update............

    http://www.operationmigration.org./PJ_north_flight_03-02.htm Annie:t:
  16. El Annie

    Lots of news in today's [email protected]

    Conservation is the caper’s only hope A multi-million-pound programme to save Scotland’s dwindling population of capercaillie has been launched in Badenoch and Strathspey. Delegates from Scotland and around 11 European countries met at the Coylumbridge Hotel for a two-day conference to...
  17. El Annie

    More good stuff in [email protected] today..................

    Will puffins benefit from regime change? .................... Yesterday, the first puffin of the year, his new springtime bill just colouring up, was spotted floating a few yards offshore near the coast of Lundy in the Bristol Channel. The bird will remain nearby but at sea for the next few...
  18. El Annie

    In today's [email protected]

    Plea to help save orphaned otters A wildlife expert has appealed to motorists to tell someone if they run over and kill an otter. Ecologist Jill Jackson has warned that if an adult otter is killed, it could leave cubs struggling to survive nearby. And she appealed to drivers to contact an...
  19. El Annie

    Coots can count..................

    ................Coots, the Rodney Dangerfields of the bird world, just might start to get some respect as a result of a new study showing that these common marsh birds are able to recognize and count their own eggs, even in the presence of eggs laid by other birds. The counting ability of female...
  20. El Annie

    Hopes high for capercaillie ............

    ..........Scotland is leading the way in European efforts to help the threatened capercaillie, a conference has heard. A multi-million-pound project was launched yesterday in Aviemore, aimed at protecting stocks of Scotland’s largest game bird, which have fallen from 20,000 to fewer than 1,000...
  21. El Annie

    A very warm welcome........

    I would just like to give a very warm welcome to one of our newest members - DavidJJones! I got to know David about a year ago via the internet. He is an amazing and knowledgable man with interests in all things wild. I would strongly recommend checking out his website where you will enjoy a...
  22. El Annie

    Eagle killed by bait laced with poison ..............

    .............A rare sea eagle has been found deliberately poisoned on Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Highland estate, police confirmed yesterday. The female eagle, which died after eating bait laced with pesticide, was discovered by a hillwalker in the Morar peninsula, near Mallaig, in the west...
  23. El Annie

    Question.......

    Is anyone familiar with Hawes Water Resevoir??? My brother saw what he is sure was a BOP yesterday but was not able to ID it, it was very high and just gliding in the thermals, he describes it as 'big' with 'pointed' wings and that's about all, couldn't get colour due to brightness of sun...
  24. El Annie

    Wildlife news in today's [email protected]

    Urban foxes dumped to die in country............... Squeamish city dwellers who are unwilling to see animals killed are being blamed for an alleged epidemic of “fox dumping” in the countryside. Country dwellers are complaining of mange-infested town foxes being released into fields at night by...
  25. El Annie

    Can you believe this!!!!!!

    I was stunned to read this..................... Police clamp down on gangs stealing wild flower bulbs to order... Snowdrops, orchids and bluebells are being stolen to order in a worrying upsurge in thefts of Britain's favourite wild flowers, senior police officers and botanists have warned...
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