Ring Ouzels 2015 colour ringing project

As an extension to the current Ring Ouzel project in the Durham Dales the BTO has given permission for colour ringing in 2015-2017. More information at the Ring Ouzel Studies page.

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New Publication on Goshawk Predation on Tawny Owls

An article recently published, which is the result of all the hard work and long-term monitoring of Goshawks and Tawny owls in Kielder Forest by Steve Petty and group members Sarah Hoy, Brian Little, Martin Davison and many others over the last 30 years.

Read the paper on the Journal for Animal Ecology webpage.

Hoy, S. R., Petty, S. J., Millon, A., Whitfield, D. P., Marquiss, M., Davison, M., Lambin, X. (2014), Age and sex-selective predation moderate the overall impact of predators. Journal of Animal Ecology.

Swallows in a natural nest site – a first for Northumberland

By Ian Kerr

A thriving Swallow population has long been a feature of my regular patch, Holy Island, and 2014 has proved by far the best year since I started monitoring and ringing the species more than a decade ago.
At least 78 broods, involving a minimum of 270 young, fledged around the village, harbour, St Coombs Farm, Snook House and the Lough. Many pair produced two broods and a small number of nests produced third broods although it was impossible to say if the same pairs were involved.
Whatever the circumstance, the 2014 breeding season far surpassed the previous record year of 2009 when 56 pairs fledged around 150 young. Continue reading