1 12, 2020

Conservation – it’s a long game

December 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Increasingly we live in a world where there is an expectation for things to happen in an instant and with minimal effort. We order our shopping online and it arrives the next day. If we have a question that needs answering, Google does it in seconds. Technology has revolutionised the speed and ease at [...]

27 11, 2020

A joy of Jays

November 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Whilst out birding over the last week I’ve been pondering several things that all come back to Jays – bear with me….. I like Jays Garrulus glandarius – Garrulus meaning noisy or chattering and glandarius relates to acorns – an accurate scientific name indeed! I’ve had three above average visits to the Wanstead Park [...]

12 11, 2020

Licensed to kill ‘our’ birds (2)

November 12th, 2020|0 Comments

An excellent report by BirdLife International was launched earlier this week that highlights the number of birds that are legally killed through derogations under the Birds Directive. A key message from the report is that at least 14,000,000 birds have been legally killed between 2009-2017 across EU member states. That seems like a lot of birds, [...]

29 10, 2020

Licensed to kill ‘our’ birds

October 29th, 2020|0 Comments

I came across this on social media and it looks like it could be a devastating piece of research. BirdLife International will soon be launching a report that shows that more than 14,000,000 birds have been legally killed across EU Member States (between 2009-17) thanks to the use of derogations to the Birds Directive. [...]

23 10, 2020

Team Sociable Lapwing – the final summary

October 23rd, 2020|2 Comments

Last weekend was the Global Bird Weekend and it was an enormous success. More than 7240 different species of bird were recorded by almost 32,000 participants submitting just short of 77,000 checklists. In excess of £20,000 was raised for BirdLife International’s Campaign to Stop Illegal Bird Trade. Team Sociable Lapwing had a great weekend [...]

22 10, 2020

Lead – the trust breaker

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Yesterday, RPUK posted a blog containing a presentation by John Gregson to the GWCT’s Game 2020 conference - it is an excellent presentation and makes for compelling viewing. Much of what follows in this blog is taken directly from the presentation (hence the frequent mixing of grammar etc). John Gregson is the Communications Manager, [...]

16 10, 2020

Team Sociable Lapwing in Saudi Arabia

October 16th, 2020|0 Comments

For those Sociable Lapwings using the western route, upon departing Syria the next most likely stop is the north-west of Saudi Arabia. It has long been known that Sociable Lapwings migrate through Saudi en route to Africa (Sudan) during both the spring and autumn migrations. From our historical sightings database there are just three [...]

15 10, 2020

Team Sociable Lapwing, the western route & Syria

October 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Until the recent discovery of large numbers of Sociable Lapwings using the staging site on the Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan border, it was assumed that the western migratory route was used by a significant proportion of the global population. On the western route, Sociable Lapwings head from the steppes of Kazakhstan across the north of the Caspian [...]

14 10, 2020

Team Sociable Lapwing in India

October 14th, 2020|0 Comments

India is the final destination for some of the Sociable Lapwings that take the southerly migration route. They will have departed the breeding grounds of Kazakhstan in late August and early September, before staging on the Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan border. The final journey would see them either stay in Pakistan or continue south to the north-western [...]

13 10, 2020

Team Sociable Lapwing in Pakistan

October 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Pakistan is a key range state for Sociable Lapwings that take the southerly migration route from the breeding grounds of Kazakhstan. The birds that stage at Talimarzhan on the Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan border continue to Pakistan where an unknown proportion will winter, whilst others will continue to northern India. Given that we now know that an [...]