Little Peckers Blog Blog

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Farming Subsidies Boost Wild Bird Populations

Wild flower meadows and hedgerows are crucial for biodiversity and are important habitats for wild birds. Unfortunately, an incredible 97% of British meadows have disappeared since the 1940’s due to increasingly intensive farming. Meadows,...

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RSPB Annual Birdcrime Report

There’s an old saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics. It is true that facts and figures can often be deceptive and can be interpreted in different ways. The recently published Annual...

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New Haven for Seabirds in Cornwall

The latest IUCN red list brought bad news for the world’s seabirds. Several species joined the list as climate change and commercial fishing continue to impact the birds. The black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet...

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The EU Ban on Trade in Wild Birds

Before 2005, European countries were the biggest importers of wild birds. The various species mainly emanated from West Africa. Many of the birds later escaped into the wild and threatened local species. But in...

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The Wandering Albatross

The BBC’s Blue Planet series never ceases to amaze and is always an attention grabber. A recent episode highlighted the wonderful wandering albatross. But these beautiful birds have experienced a serious decline in numbers...

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Hawfinch Invasion Hits Britain

The UK’s largest finch, the hawfinch has a massive, powerful bill. Shy and so infrequently seen, the hawfinch has become an even rarer sight in recent years. Numbers have proved difficult to determine, however,...

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Why are Parrots Green?

The colour of many birds’ plumage is derived from the foods they eat but parrots aren’t like most birds. A recently published study has identified the gene encoding the enzyme which creates yellow pigment...

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Darwin Proved Right – Again!

It was none other than Charles Darwin who first suggested that birds use their wings to communicate as well to fly. 150 years later, scientific research appears to have proved him right. Darwin was...