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Spring brings new arrivals to WWT

Young ducklings and goslings can be viewed up close at the WWT’s Slimbridge nursery

THESE FLUFFY NENE goslings (Branta sandvicensis) are the latest addition to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) duckling nursery in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. And with more expected to hatch in the coming weeks, visitors are invited to go behind-the-scenes with the Downy Duckling tours. The week-long event allows guests to get up-close to young goslings, ducklings and cygn ets, see incubating eggs and take part in free egg-candling workshops. There’s also an opportunity to watch eggs hatch or browse the egg exhibition.

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New penguin data project will aid conservation

 

Chinstrap penguin: one of few penguins thought to have increased recently – but survey quality is admittedly poor

International and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research have joined the British Antarctic Survey to compile a “tracking database” for six penguin species. Funded by the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative, which exists to aid countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources, the project will run over 21 months and has a budget of £140,000.

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Breeding success signals hope

Female Tahiti monarch: if fl edging success is sustained, some birds will be moved to the island of Rimatara, where suitable breeding habitat is available

A RARE FLYCATCHER that is endemic to the Society Islands in French Polynesia has enjoyed its best breeding season yet thanks a dedicated conservation programme. The Tahiti monarch (Pomarea nigra) has a tiny global population and is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, mainly due to nest predation.

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Ospreys return to Wales for the tenth year running

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are spectacular fi sh-eating birds with a wingspan of nearly 1.5m (5ft)

© Shutterstock.com/Tania Thomson 

AN OSPREY PAIR has returned to breed in the same spot for the 10th year in a row – and the female is already incubating three eggs. The birds are being monitored at their usual breeding site in Glaslyn Valley, near Porthmadog in Wales, using telescopes and a live video link. They arrived a few days later than in recent years, with the female being spotted first on the morning of March 24 and the male arriving a couple of hours later.

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Duckling boom boosts numbers

Twenty Madagascar pochard chicks were hatched and reared during a controlled breeding season, which ran from November 2012 to January this year

THE GLOBAL POPULATION of the Critically Endangered Madagascar pochard (Aythya innotata) has now increased to 80 birds after a successful breeding season. Thanks to the efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), 20 chicks have been hatched and reared in captivity.

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