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Iron spheres in ears may help birds navigate
Birds carry biological compasses in their ears that help them navigate as they migrate, a new study has suggested.
Gardeners urged to let ivy flourish to save bees
Growing ivy in gardens may help to prevent the decline of honey bees, according to new research.
Tweet of the Day: David Attenborough to present BBC Radio 4 birdsong series
Naturalist will join other presenters for new weekday 90-second show at 5.58am highlighting songs of 265 UK birds.
Walkers urged to spot Hen Harriers
Bird watchers and hillwalkers are being asked to keep an eye out for Hen Harriers in an attempt to conserve their numbers.
Seabirds affected by second wave of sticky pollution 'could number thousands'
Wildlife agencies warn that the numbers of birds affected could be far greater than those harmed earlier this year.
Pine marten numbers recovering according to survey
One of Scotland's rarest carnivores is showing signs of recovery after years of declining populations, a new report has suggested.
British bluebells fail to bloom
Bluebells blanketing woodlands this time last year fail to show as chilly conditions prompt stalks to grow more slowly.
Spring limps in at long last, but will the season bring birds, bees and blossom?
After weeks of bitter cold, experts fear that tens of thousands of migrant species may have already perished on Britain's shores.
RSPCA rescues dozens of birds covered in sticky substance
Dozens of birds have been recovered from beaches in the south west covered in an oily substance, three months after more than 300 birds were affected by oil pollution, suspected to have seeped from chemical tankers.
Rare birds struggle in cold spring
Rare birds have been found dead in the latest sign of wildlife struggling to cope with the cold spring, conservationists have said.
Cold winter forces owls to come out in the day
Barn owls are hunting during the day because they are so desperate for food after the hard winter and cold spring, according to conservationists.
Food chain in disarray after changes in voles' boom-and-bust breeding cycle
Voles have undergone a dramatic and perplexing change in the way they breed, scientist have found.
This frozen spring has cost us the buzz of the English bumblebee
As you may have noticed, it's far too cold for our beloved bumblebees, but here's what to do while we wait...
Too cold for comfort: British weather having a serious effect on wildlife
The seemingly never-ending winter means some animals won't see the spring.
Freezing weather brings fresh perils for British wildlife
Public urged to help save mammals, birds and insects whose habitats and food supplies have come under pressure.
Endangered garden birds continuing to decline in the UK, RSPB survey shows
House sparrow and starling numbers dropping at alarming rate, but prolonged winter brings new species to backyards.
Butterflies suffered in cold and wet 2012, says charity
Butterflies suffered in last year's wet and cold weather, having their worst year since 1976, a charity says.
Falcons 'rapidly evolved' hunting skills
Falcons rapidly evolved their renowned hunting skills, a study has found.
First osprey to arrive in UK flies in from Africa - straight into a blizzard
The first osprey to arrive in the UK this year has flown in from Africa earlier than ever - straight into a blizzard - sparking hope that 'false nests' to encourage more of the rare birds to breed in England may prove successful at last.
Nature lies dormant ahead of first day of spring
Conservationists report lack of budding plants, animals returning to hibernation and migrating birds held back by wintry weather.
Swallows [Cliff Swallows] are evolving to avoid cars and trucks, study finds
Collisions with road vehicles are driving a population of swallows to evolve into faster, more agile fliers with shortened wings.
Summer's early birds risk their return from wintering grounds
Over the next few weeks, more and more migrant species will join the few who have already begun to arrive in the UK.
A revelation in Kew: these gardens are not just a landscape, but a soundscape, too
What does birdsong mean? On a trip to Kew with naturalist and writer Mark Cocker, our writer found out.
Mammal Society photographer of the year competition - in pictures
A leaping brown rat, an engaging urban fox and surfing seal are among the winning entries in the 2013 Mammal Society photographer of the year competition.
Snowy owl spotted in Cairngorms
A rare sighting of a snowy owl has been made in the Cairngorms. The birds of prey are native to Arctic regions, including parts of Norway and North America.
Albatross astonishes scientists by producing chick at age of 62
Veteran seabird known as Wisdom confounds wildlife community with more offspring on Pacific atoll.
Sensitive males provide clues to mind reading in birds
Male Jays may have the ability to understand what their partners are thinking.
Many more seabirds may be affected by Channel pollution, RSPB says
Charity says birdwatchers on Chesil beach in Dorset spotted what they believed were many seabirds covered in pollutant.
We need to save our prickly friends
With fewer than a million hedgehogs left, John Lister-Kaye makes a plea for changes that will protect them.
British moths in calamitous decline, major new study reveals
Moths are vanishing from our skies at night, declining in southern Britain by 40% over 40 years, a major new report reveals.
Mystery of owls' rotating necks solved
The mystery of how owls can rotate their necks almost 270 degrees without suffering serious harm has been solved by scientists.
What's the best way to survive winter?
Ask a butterfly, because they know better than most.
Hedgehog population in dramatic decline
Once common sightings of hedgehogs are becoming rare in the UK's gardens, parks and hedgerows, say ecologists.
Ask Chris Packham your winter wildlife questions
Wildlife expert and Winterwatch presenter, Chris Packham is making his way to Blue Peter on Thursday 31st January 2013 to answer YOUR questions!
Visit this link to find out how to place your question to Chris.
Mistle Thrushes 'missing' from UK gardens
Mistle Thrushes have disappeared from UK gardens at a "staggering" rate, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Top 10 places to go birdwatching in winter
A picture story highlighting ten great winter birdwatching spots.
Penguin headcam captures bird's eye view of hunt
Miniature cameras attached to a penguin's head by Japanese scientists reveal more about the creature's impressive underwater hunting skills.
In the bitter cold, under a starry sky, a glimpse of a bird of mystery
The Woodcock may be Britain's most secretive bird, but with the help of a leading expert it's possible to spot them on their nightly rounds.
Major rescue operation launched to save family of swans
A major rescue operation involving 10 firefighters and coastguards was launched to rescue a family of swans.
The Blackcap is a new bird in our midst. Take the chance to get to know it.
Dawn chorus comes weeks early
The dawn chorus has come weeks early this year following the mild temperatures, but the birds may stop singing soon as the Met Office forecasts a cold snap.
Songbirds 'possess a musical instrument more complex than anything found in an orchestra'
Songbirds possess a musical instrument more complex than anything found in an orchestra, a study has confirmed.
'Bloated' ducks in danger after over-indulging on white bread
Too much white bread can leave ducks bloated, ill and in danger from predators as they gorge on the starchy food instead of their usual nutritious meals, experts have warned.
Floods and wet weather could spell poor year for wildlife in 2013
Many of Britain's best loved animals and birds are likely to be less abundant this year after suffering heavy losses in the deluge of rain and flooding over the past few months.
Wildlife crime unit faces extinction over funding crisis
Concern about future of crucial work preventing smuggling and cruelty against animals.
Birds come down to earth in the year of the slug
A record wet April was followed by the wettest summer since 1912, creating soggy conditions ideal for molluscs.
Stephen Moss writes in praise of Jays - and Waxwings.
Here from Lapland for Christmas, the birds that sound like sleigh bells
Birdwatchers in for a treat as waxwings arrive in numbers not seen for more than 40 years.
Why is holly prickly?
Scientists have discovered what makes holly prickly and what makes leaves smooth.
Extravagant, yes, exotic, certainly - but black swans aren't as rare as you may think
Nature Studies: next year will see the publication of the most in-depth survey of the breeding and distribution of Britain's birds ever carried out.
Make the most of waxwings in this welcome winter weather
Berries are scarce and birds are suffering after terrible weather this year – but there is still plenty to photograph on a cold December day.
What is behind the catastrophic decline of our hovering raptor?
It used to be that buzzards and falcons were struggling, while kestrels flourished. Now the situation has reversed and this proud bird faces extinction.
Marlboro palace: how city birds feather their nests
Nicotine-rich cigarette ends that repel parasites are the perfect building material for finches.
Birds suffer 'worst ever' year for breeding after poor weather
Britain's washout year has been blamed for the 'worst ever' breeding season for native birds.
Great Tit under threat from mosquito borne virus
Avian pox, which has spread among Woodpigeons and House Sparrows for a number of years, is now taking its toll of populations of the Great Tit.
Backyard ornithologists chart disappearance of 44 million birds
The UK's bird population has plummeted by 44 million in four decades, according to a study carried out with the help of volunteer ornithologists.
Watch out for Waxwings
These stunning birds are one of the UK's winter's finest guests, and they're on the move in a hunt for berries.
A murmuration of starlings over Gretna: in pictures
Migrating starlings visit Gretna in Scotland twice a year, in February and November, and flocks of thousands of the birds form shape-shifting patterns in the sky.
"Extinct" animal turns up in Wales as roadside carcass proves elusive pine martins still exist in UK
One of Britain's rarest and most elusive animals has been found in Wales, after a hunt lasting more than 40 years: the pine marten.
Dead birds were intoxicated, an investigation finds
The BBC's coverage of the "drunken Blackbirds" story.
Young birds can get 'drunk' on fermented berries
The effects are similar to those for people, only drunk birds have much further to fall.
First ever family tree for all living birds reveals evolution and diversification
The world's first family tree linking all living birds and revealing when and where they evolved and diversified since dinosaurs walked the Earth has been created.
Exotic army of invading wildlife changing the nature of UK cities
Previously unseen wildlife is colonising British cities but local authorities are concerned by the increase.
Fog and high winds kill migrating birds
Thousands of migrating birds have been dying before reaching Britain due to fog and high winds around the coast over the past week, according to the RSPB.
Zoo uses riot shields against aggressive cranes
Riot shields and police officers have been drafted in by staff at a Devon zoo to help them develop defensive tactics against aggressive birds.
The joy and mystery of the House Martin
Stephen Moss reflects on the fact that we know so little about such a familiar bird.
Bullfinches turn to gardens
Numbers of Bullfinches visiting garden feeding stations have increased more than six times over since the mid-1990s.
Painted lady migration secrets revealed
One of the longest standing mysteries of migration has finally been solved after scientists discovered where the UK's painted lady butterfly population goes each autumn.
'World's greatest birdwatcher' sets a new record - then hangs up his binoculars
A veteran British birder has become the first person in the world to officially see 9,000 species of bird.
Brunette squirrels now the fourth variety in the UK
Scientists reveal that 'brunette squirrels' - a variety of the red squirrel - have been found in the UK after a nationwide research project.
Hungry Jays are on the move
A Europe-wide shortage of acorns may be driving Jays into our gardens this autumn
Website calls on people to become 'bat detectives'
The Bat Detective website is calling on citizen scientists to help researchers monitor and record Europe's bat population.
Lunar phobic bats dodge the moonlight
Moonlight scares bats into hiding in the shadows, new research suggests.
Bothered by wasps? You can thank them for your bread, beer and wine.
Award-winning science writer Ed Yong explains how.
Clever Jays switch food-finding tactics
Jays demonstrate "flexible tactics" by switching between storing food and stealing from others' stashes, scientists have found.
Push to create a million UK ponds
Details of a plan for a million healthy ponds in the UK are being announced to combat decades of neglect.
Crows can 'reason' about causes, a recent study finds
In an experiment, researchers found that crows were more likely to forage when they could attribute changes in their environment to a human presence.
Colourful autumn in store, says RHS
The wet summer and recent warm, sunny weather means the UK could be in for an "incredible" display of autumn colours this year, experts said yesterday.
Butterfly decline blamed on soggy summer
Wettest summer in 100 years puts many already threatened species at risk, according to world's largest butterfly count.
The dinosaurs in your garden
Birds really are dinosaurs, and a House Sparrow or a Blackbird is every bit as much a dinosaur as Tyrannosaurus or Stegosaurus.
Birds and berries to be surveyed
Gardeners and birdwatchers are being asked to help identify birds' berry-eating habits.
Blue Tits could tackle moth threat, scientists say
Blue Tits could offer hope in tackling damage done to conker trees by a non-native moth, according to scientists.
Bird Photograph of the Year 2012
The top six photographs in the annual competition run by 'British Birds' magazine have just been published online.
Ringed Pied Flycatcher surprises experts 16 years on
A small bird which migrates from west Africa for summer in north Wales has surprised experts after being spotted 16 years after it was first ringed.
Garden birds struggling following poor British summer
Cold, wet weather has affected the chicks of species such as Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Robins, RSPB survey shows.
Cuckoo Tricks to Beat the Neighbourhood Watch
Female Cuckoos have evolved different guises to get past the defences of the birds they are trying to parasitise.
Britain's fastest and oldest birds are revealed
A gannet which flew 722 miles in one day has been named as the British Isles' fastest bird following an analysis of around 38 million birds, monitored over more than 100 years.
Wet spring devastates butterfly population
Populations of Britain's common garden butterflies appear to have collapsed this summer in the aftermath of the record spring rainfall, scientists are warning.
Starlings in danger after numbers plummet 80 per cent
Starlings - one of Britain's most iconic birds - are in serious danger after numbers plummet by 80 per cent in the last thirty years.
Wet weather sparks concern for Swifts
This summer's cold and wet weather has had a disastrous effect on the breeding season for Swifts, the RSPB says.
Wading bird numbers in decline
Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Snipe and Curlew are all at their lowest numbers since the British breeding bird survey began in 1994.
Flying Ant Day is imminent!
The weather conditions are ideal for the annual emergence of flying ants. Please record your sightings for this online survey.
Rain 'almost apocalyptic' for wildlife, says National Trust
Cold, wet conditions have left many bees, bats, birds, butterflies and wildflowers struggling - with next year looking bleak too, the National Trust has said.
Urban noise 'killing baby House Sparrows'
Noise in urban areas could be increasing the mortality rate among young House Sparrows, a study has suggested.
Rain stopped play - why birds aren't breeding in the wet
The Independent's Michael McCarthy writes about what the head of the BTO's Nest Record Scheme is calling "the worst breeding season I have ever experienced".
Better Looking Birds Have More Help at Home With Their Chicks
New research shows that male Blue Tits' parental behaviour is determined by the amount of ultraviolet coloration on the crown.
Birds Can Recognize People's Faces and Know Their Voices
New research suggests that some birds may know who their human friends are, as they are able to recognize people's faces and differentiate between human voices.
Swifts live up to their name; project records them flying 3,000 miles in five days
A Swift has lived up to its name after scientsts recorded the bird travelling 3,100 miles in just five days.
Modelling dough caterpillars provide camouflage clue
Scientists in Canada are using replica caterpillars to investigate whether eyespots function as predator defences.
Scientists develop 'Facebook for animals' that shows how birds from tight-knit social cliques just like humans
Researchers have monitored millions of behaviours by wild Great Tits in order to try and reconstruct the 'big picture' of how individual birds are connected.
Golden and sea eagle decline since Dark Ages mapped
The decline in numbers of Golden and White-tailed Eagles in Britain and Ireland since the time of King Arthur has been mapped by the RSPB.
Small tortoiseshell butterfly decline continues
Butterfly numbers in the UK countryside fell by almost a quarter last summer, according to a new scientific study.
Reign of the Giant Insects Ended With the Evolution of Birds
Science Daily reports on a study linking the demise of prehistoric giant flying insects with the arrival of birds.
UK butterflies continue to decline
The British butterfly population is continuing a marked downward trend, according to a national survey which revealed that numbers of the insects fell by more than 20% between 2010 and 2011.
Dormice whiskers aid tree-climbing
Dormice use their whiskers to help them climb trees using a technique called 'whisking', researchers say.
'Extinct' short-haired bumblebee returns to UK
A species of bee not seen in the UK for a quarter of a century is being reintroduced to the countryside.
How EU farming policies led to a collapse in Europe's bird population
New survey shows devastation to farmland birds caused by policies – and experts can see no sign of improvement.
Great White Egrets nest in UK for first time
Great White Egrets are nesting in the UK for the first time at Natural England's Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve in Somerset.
Why city gardens are wildlife havens
Whether you have a lawn, flowers or a pond, your urban garden is a thriving ecosystem.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust launches ambitious new project.
Bees for everyone aims to support rare bumblebees throughout the UK through active conservation work to safeguard, restore and create valuable bumblebee habitats and to raise public awareness of the importance of bumblebees and the problems that they face, inspiring individual action.
Landmark Cuckoo project reveals birds' migration mystery
Their distinctive call heralds the arrival of spring, but the routes taken by Cuckoos during their annual migration have remained a mystery.
Wet weather helps ailing wildlife in England and Wales
Fish, newts, dragonflies and some birds benefit from record rainfall levels, although hundreds of wading birds lose nests.
Waders struggle as rain sweeps away nests
Deluge improves conditions at some RSPB reserves, but wreaks havoc at others as nests are destroyed.
Magnetic fields light up 'GPS neurons', scientists say
Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons' brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth's magnetic field.
Wettest April for 100 years
Not that we needed to tell you, but April 2012 was the wettest for 100 years.
Exceptionally early cygnet
The first cygnet of the year at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is the earliest since records began in 1393.
Great Tits join mobs with neighbours they know
A study shows that Great Tit parents will join anti-predator mobs if they hear alarm calls from birds they know well.
Red-feathered birds suffer from eye damage
Birds with red, orange or chestnut feathers are more likely to suffer from eye damage, researchers have found.
Chernobyl radiation fells female birds
Higher percentages of birds chirping near Chernobyl are a perverse indication of radiation contamination, according to a new study.
The marvel of soundscapes
The Independent's Michael McCarthy introduces the inspiring concept of soundscapes.
Grave threat of pesticides to bees' billion-pound bonanza is now clear
"Replacing the pollination of food crops that the UK's bees perform for free would cost ï¿½1.8bn. With hard data now linking pesticides to bees' rapid decline, there is no excuse for inaction" - thought provoking blog piece by the Guardian's Damian Carrington.
When red doesn't mean stop! Mother bird feeds her hungry young brood in traffic lights nest
Most birds create their nests using leaves, twigs and berries. But these city-dwelling mistle thrushes decided to come up with an ingenious alternative using a set of traffic lights to set up their home.
World's rarest ducks make Easter debut
Eighteen newborn ducklings from the world's most endangered duck species - the Madagascar Pochard - meet the public for the first time.
Drought hits bluebell numbers over Easter weekend
Bank holiday visitors to the countryside have been warned that the recent dry weather has impaired bluebell growth.
The sad decline of the swirling starling
Acrobatic starlings in the evening sky are becoming a rarer sight. It's a warning against treating nature as an optional extra, says Stephen Moss.
Pesticides harming bee populations, researchers suggest
A common type of crop pesticide could be responsible for wiping out bee colonies by killing their homing instinct and limiting their ability to gather food, scientists claim.
Nature deficit disorder 'damaging Britain's children'
UK children are losing contact with nature at a "dramatic" rate, and their health and education are suffering, a National Trust report says.
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch reveals starling decline
The RSPB's annual wildlife survey has recorded the lowest number of starlings in UK gardens for 30 years.
Man-made noise disrupts the growth of plants and trees
It alters birdsong and can make it difficult for some predators to hunt, and now it seems that man-made noise also affects plants.
Wildlife drought threat warning issued by Environment Agency
The drought in parts of England could have a serious impact on wildlife, the Environment Agency has warned.
Unmasking the Zorro of the avian world
A New Scientist feature looking at why Masked Shrikes (and possibly other species with dark eye stripes) have "masks", and what happens when the mask is painted over.
Volunteer wardens are out to rescue toads from traffic
The work of volunteers to warn motorists of toad crossing points and, in some cases, carry the amphibians safely across the road.
Diary of a window box garden: The wild window box
A look at one woman's attempt to create a makeshift, miniature nature reserve on her balcony.
Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters
The progressive shrinking of Arctic sea ice is bringing colder, snowier winters to the UK and other areas of Europe, North America and China, a study shows.
Nature receives boost in 12 English sites
The government has selected England's first 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), where wildlife and ecosystems will be protected and enhanced.
Ancient plants back to life after 30,000 frozen years
Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago.
National Trust aims for nature generation
The National Trust is planning a campaign to combat "nature-deficit disorder".
Scottish Barn Owl numbers boosted by vole bonanza
A massive increase in the number of voles in the Trossachs is helping boost the Barn Owl population in the area.
Tiny Northern Wheatears traverse the world
Greenland Wheatear migration study using dataloggers (not satellite tags!) confirms epic nature of their migration.
Taking the measure of birdsong
BBC coverage of a three-year project to investigate the effects of bird song on the human brain.
Ladybird decline driven by 'invading' harlequin
Ladybirds native to the UK and other European countries are declining fast as the invasive harlequin species spreads, scientists have shown.
Black squirrels could outnumber reds in England
Black squirrels could now outnumber reds in England as the genetic mutant of the grey species increases across the country.
Risk of bird strikes would make Thames Estuary UK's 'most dangerous airport'
Report warns that the risk of aircraft loss after being hit by birds is higher at proposed site than any other UK airport.
Aesop's fable brought to life by clever crows
In a series of experiments, the New Caledonian crow has demonstrated an unexpected understanding of how tools work to make their lives easier.
Why Britain's garden birds are staying in the country
Mild weather has lured birdlife to rural areas where the pickings are easier.
Gardeners must unite to save Britain's wildlife, experts urge
To encourage urban biodiversity, neighbours should co-ordinate their gardening efforts to create a network of interlinking habitats where birds, bees and mammals can flourish.
Hedgehog hibernation could hold clue to climate change
A new study of hedgehogs could provide the latest clue on climate change by finding out if the prickly creatures are coming out of hibernation earlier or later.
Farmers improve habitat for endangered barn owl
The barn owl has been having a difficult time recently, with numbers decreasing. But farmers in Britain are finding it is in their interests to provide a habitat in which they can thrive.
Signs of spring arrive early for the UK
Snowdrops and daffodils emerge weeks early as a result of the mild winter, the Woodland Trust says.
Researchers are finding that crows use complex reasoning and tools to obtain food.
Harlequin ladybird putting native population at risk
An invasive ladybird species from Asia is destroying Britain's native population.
Great Bustard flies again across South West after 180 year absence
The World's heaviest flying bird is roaming across almost 150 miles of the south west of England for the first time in 180 years signalling a remarkable conservation success story.
Rural species adopt new urban lifestyles
Animals more commonly associated with the countryside are turning up in Britain's towns and cities.
Looking for benefits in birdsong
Research to find out whether birdsong has any impact on people's mental wellbeing.
Britain's birds suffer bust and boom due to 2011's roller-coaster weather
This year's freakish weather has seen Britain's bird populations go from bust to boom, with numbers recovering strongly from a disastrous collapse last winter.
Mere fear shrinks bird families
Just hearing recordings of predators caused sparrows to raise fewer young.
Israel Air Force deploys bird radar to reduce airborne collisions
Radar is the fulfillment of a 20-year-old recommendation, following the death of three pilots and the loss of 10 fighter jets in a series of accidents.
How wildife camera traps are revolutionising conservation
Camera traps are proving a boon to conservationists and scientists mapping wildlife in remote habitats.
Butterflies: 72% of UK species in decline
Almost three quarters of UK butterfly species have declined in abundance over the past decade.
Threatened species need farmland
Several threatened species in the developing world are completely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, say scientists.
Urban ecology model 'needs to change'
The way researchers assess urban ecology needs to change in order to take into account the way modern cities are developing, a study suggests.
Pictures: Amazing rescue of hawk trapped in car grille
A car driver in America got quite a shock when he collided with a hawk. He was going at about 60mph at the time and the hawk got stuck in the grille at the front of the car. Amazingly, the hawk survived and has now been released back into the wild.
UK bird populations: which ones are down - and which are going up?
Some of the UK's most iconic birds are in danger of being wiped out as farmland birds have fallen to the lowest numbers ever recorded in Britain.
"Lucky" Short-eared Owl completes winter migration by helicopter
A Short-eared Owl that got into difficulties after landing on a gas rig in the North Sea is doing well after a helicopter trip to a wildlife hospital.
Pigeons are more living helicopters than flying rats
New Scientist reports on research that shows that pigeons can be as agile as helicopters at low speed, and how this may influence the design of future military drones.
Digital bird song identification a reality?
Smartphone app due for launch in North America in 2012 could mark the start of a new revolution in birding.
Project Parakeet seeks volunteers
Imperial College London is looking for volunteers to join Project Parakeet, a study into the ecology of Ring-necked Parakeets (AKA Rose-ringed Parakeets). They would also like to hear from you if you know of any roosts of more than 500 birds parakeets.
Millions of bird deaths in Nevada
American Bird Conservancy urges action on mine claim stakes that inadvertently trap birds.
Autumn's birds delay migration
Wildfowl that overwinter in North Europe's wetlands are changing their migration patterns as temperatures rise.
"Mouse-cam" is front-row seat to nature
A pair of wood mice have moved into a Barn Owl tower at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, doubling traffic on the Heligan website.
Rosetta Stone for Warblers
Cornell Lab of Ornithology works to develop a "Rosetta Stone for Warblers"to identify nocturnal migrants remotely.
Clever Jays plan for the future
Experiments have shown that Jays can "plan for the future" when caching food.
UK bat numbers on the up
The British Waterways annual survey shows a 9% rise in bat sightings compared with 2010.
Woodpecker may hold secret to human beings avoiding brain injuries
Researchers have investigated how woodpeckers protect their brains from trauma to see if human medicine can benefit.
On a wing and a tear - healed with a little bit of TLC
'Heal to Fly' project for bats proving hugely succesful for bats with torn wings (opens as PDF).
Kingfisher flies from Poland to Suffolk
A Kingfisher caught at a Suffolk nature reserve has broken the current distance record for the species.
Baby dormice rescued from jaws of cat
Two baby dormice are recovering after being found close to death in the jaws of a pet cat.
Dead owl found trapped in Chinese lantern
A Barn Owl has been found dead apparently after becoming tangled up in a Chinese lantern on farmland.
Cornish choughs spread towards Devon border
The Cornish Chough is expanding its range and could be breeding in Devon in the next decade.
Bats inspire ultrasonic cane for blind
Bats' use of ultrasound has inspired a new piece of technology which can help blind people to detect obstacles.
Exotic pets 'can endanger' UK wildlife
Conservationists fear non-native species are settling in Britain and endangering our own native species.
Indian summer deposits moth multitude
Hundreds of rare moths have flocked to the UK in what is being described as the best migration for years as a result of the recent record-breaking spell of warm weather.
British Birds archive online and free
An amazing resource - the first 100 years of the journal British Birds (1907-2007) are now free to access online (registration required).
Terminal buzz gives bats their hunting edge
Bats owe their hunting success to superfast muscles in their larynx.
Shrike 'could recolonise' UK after Dartmoor breeding
A rare bird that has bred for the second year on Dartmoor could start to recolonise the UK, conservationists have said.
Red squirrel 'could be extinct within next 20 years'
Oxford University wildlife unit finds biodiversity action plans failing to halt steep decline in dormice, hedgehogs and wildcats.
Highs and lows for British mammals; red squirrel and hedgehog under threat
PTES (People's Trust for Endangered Species) have published their tenth annual report highlighting the fortunes of British mammals. There's good news for otters, greater horseshoe bats and water voles, but the situation facing red squirrels and hedgehogs is worrying.
So you want to be a scientist?
BBC Radio 4 is launching its search for the next BBC Amateur Scientist of the Year. Last year's winner won the award for her research into the homing distance of garden snails. It would be nice to see a bird-related project in the final this year!
Bird boxes shed new light on social life of bats
Ecologists are getting a unique – and unexpected – insight into the private lives of bats, thanks to some 1100 bird boxes in an Oxfordshire woodland.
House sparrow numbers falling because of decline in gardens
House sparrow numbers could be hit by the building of new homes on existing urban gardens as they prefer residential areas to parks in towns and cities, research suggests.
Two autumns this year?
The Woodland Trust is asking for public help to track the advance of autumn to see if the dry spring and summer in many areas will create a double autumn.
Crows use mirrors to find food
Crows can use mirrors to find food, and large mixed tit flocks solve problems better and faster than small flocks.
Songbirds with bigger brains have benefited from the end of communism
Songbirds with relatively larger brains have been more successful in exploiting habitat change arising from the end of communism in eastern Germany and the Czech Republic.
UK trappers threaten finches
The melodic songs of birds such as Goldfinches, Linnets, Redpolls and Bullfinches are causing them to be targetted by criminals who then sell the birds illegally.