NEWS IN BRIEF

BIRDFAIR FUNDRAIS­ING

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

Last year’s Birdfair has yet again bro­ken its fundrais­ing record. A mas­sive £320,000 was raised by the event, which will go to help safe­guard mi­grat­ing birds fly­ing be­tween Europe and Africa. The money raised will go to­wards a project that aims at re­duc­ing the scale of the killings, while im­prov­ing pro­tec­tion and laws through­out the re­gion. Re­sults from the BTO’S “What’s Un­der Your Feet” project might have un­earthed in­for­ma­tion with far reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for Bri­tain’s birds. The project, un­der­taken by 40,000 school­child­ren from more than 1,600 schools across the UK, seems to have found ev­i­dence that the more re­cently rain has fallen on a sec­tion of land, the fewer in­ver­te­brates will be found in it. This may mean the floods in north­ern Bri­tain this win­ter could have a large im­pact on the abil­ity of birds in that area to find food. Sales of Lush ‘Sky­dancer’ bath bombs – used to add oils to bath­wa­ter – have now raised more than £100,000 for the RSPB’S Hen Har­rier Life+ Project. The money will help the RSPB to satel­lite tag as many Hen Har­rier chicks as pos­si­ble in an at­tempt to pro­tect them from per­se­cu­tion. Peat­land ex­perts have called on Scot­tish Energy Min­is­ter, Fer­gus Ewing, to scrap plans for a 39-tur­bine wind farm in Caith­ness and Suther­land’s en­vi­ron­men­tally im­por­tant Flow Coun­try. An open let­ter sent by the In­ter­na­tional Mire Con­ser­va­tion Group cited loss of biodiversity, car­bon stor­age and beauty as rea­sons why the pro­posed Strathy South wind farm should not be built. RSPB Scot­land is also op­posed to the project.

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