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Estuary birds to get nest help

Sand martin: natural nests may fl ood out or collapse, but manmade ones are more stable

AN ARTIFICIAL WALL is to be built to protect birds on Rockcliffe Marsh on the Solway Estuary in Cumbria after this year’s unusually high spring tides devastated nesting birds. Sand martins, lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls were all affected. Lee Schofield from Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “It’s had a pretty significant effect. The tide will have covered eggs in nests and washed young chicks away. The sand martins nest in holes. To give them a safe place to nest, we will create an artificial wall with drilled holes. It will be built in time for the next breeding season and capable.

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Killings shock zoo world

Unwillingly liberated: vandals let a yellow-tailed black cockatoo out

A REWARD HAS been offered after nine birds were decapitated and more than 60 animals released following a malicious break-in at Tasmania Zoo, Australia.

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What a pretty pair

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GANNETS ARE RENOWNED for their faithfulness and this loving pair at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve in East Yorkshire are no different. Reserve manager Ian Kendall said: “We watched one of these birds bring in the red campion and pass it on to its would-be mate, which looks for all the world to be wearing it as a necklace.

“If the pair return next year and have a family, we’ll find out whether their adolescent romancing has paid off. The long spell of wet weather certainly doesn’t seem to have dampened their ardour.”

Rare crane chick is doing well

Endangered on the IUCN Red List: the red-crowned crane chick hatched in early May on an island at Paignton Zoo’s wetland habitat zone.

A PAIR OF one of the world’s most endangered cranes has successfully hatched their second chick at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

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You read it on the radar: the Rio Grande is tops

Big valley, little bird: the ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) is one of many species that are known regularly to use the Rio Grande valley as their main migration route © Shutterstock.com/Michael Woodruff
Big valley, little bird: the ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) is one of many species that are known regularly to use the Rio Grande valley as their main migration route © Shutterstock.com/Michael Woodruff

NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS enabled scientists to discover that the Rio Grande valley in the southern USA receives up to 10 times as many migrant birds as other comparable areas.

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