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The BTO want vol­un­teers to help ob­serve House Martin nests this sum­mer as part of their two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the species’ de­cline. Vol­un­teers will need to ob­serve a nest for the en­tire breed­ing sea­son. The BTO hope that the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered will help ex­plain why num­bers of House Mar­tins are in­creas­ing in Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land, while de­creas­ing dras­ti­cally else­where. To help with this sur­vey, go to­un­teer-sur­veys/ house-martin-sur­vey ma­te­rial, but it is equally good for slowly saw­ing through an en­tan­gled leg or gill. A re­cent news story cov­ered thou­sands of bright pink bot­tles be­ing washed up on a West Coun­try beach, as if this was un­usual in any­thing but the neon colour­ing. Fish­er­men and other voy­agers have al­ways thrown their waste into the sea, but in the past, that waste was ei­ther biodegrad­able or in­ca­pable of be­ing in­gested. Am­phora from clas­sic times may lit­ter the Aegean seabed but they do

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