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Hunting Grebes on Alpha Pool Any visit to the Alpha Pool at Cliffe is a challenge firstly in getting out to the water through the footpaths running and then scoping the vast area looking for wintering Grebes.

Revealed: the proposed global plan for nature that could save the planet This October, world leaders will meet to discuss a new set of biodiversity targets that will decide the fate of ecosystems on this planet. In the city of Kunming, China, governments will agree upon the global actions countries need to take by 2030 in order to avert the catastrophic loss of nature we are currently experiencing.

Bulgaria, January 2020, Done Deal Currently at Varna airport, in time to get my flight back to London after a hectic day running around Bulgarian bureaucracy.

Ocean Week 2020 - Brussels Ocean Week 2020 - seven days of events, discussions and activities in Brussels - puts the spotlight on the huge threats faced by marine species and habitats while offering real solutions on how to solve them. We need thriving biodiversity in our oceans to support life on earth.

Bringing back nature to the EU in the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy We are currently facing two global environmental emergencies: biodiversity loss and climate change. While they are often considered in isolation, many of their underlying causes are linked to unustainable development.

Bulgaria January 2020, Local Birding I had the day off today while the notary draws up the final documents. It gave me a chance to visit the land I've bought in Kamen Bryag and explore the immediate area in winter and in the afternoon I visited Shabla Tuzla and then did the harrier roost at Durankulak.

Autumn Birding in Calgary - A Photo Album As brief as Calgary's autumn is, the gorgeous leaf colours that this season brings help make up for its brevity.

Rainham We took a walk from the stone barges down to the RSPB visitor centre and back this afternoon and managed to pick up a few year ticks along the way. Yellow Legged Gull, Snipe, Rock and Water Pipit along with a couple of Ruff hiding among the Lapwings on the reserve were our prizes for the long walk.

Bulgaria January 2020, Day in the office We spent most of today in the notary office doing all the paperwork which hopefully should all be finalised by Friday. I got up early and went down to the harbour at Kavarna, had a few Black Redstarts on the sea front, Black-necked Grebe and a few Yellow-legged Gulls.

New donor collaboration launches a call for small grants in Prespa The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund have recently agreed to combine their efforts in the Wider Prespa Area by issuing a joint call for proposals - 'PONT - CEPF COOPERATION ON PRESPA'.

Hotspot 2020 diaries: Not a good day for eagles Here we go again… This is getting repetitive: Florinda and I woke up early to go out birding in the Hotspot, this time to the north of Lleida, pulled up the blinds and… fog. Again, here we go again.

Bulgaria January 2020, Wild Goose Chase I'm currently in Bulgaria finalising some paperwork to complete the sale of our private nature reserve. Today I joined Dimiter in doing a r…

BCR 187: Richard Crossley, The ID Boot Camp Richard Crossley an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and Co-Authored of The Shorebird Guide w Michael O'Brien - Richard Crossley - Kevin Karlson. And an award winning author of 'The Crossley ID Guide' series. And now a NEW venture called The ID Boot Camp!

Common Names A scientific name clearly designates a particular bird species, tells you something about the bird's relationship to other bird species, and usually provides a decent description of the bird. Common names are less useful for the former but apt for the latter.

Lemsford Springs A nice quiet visit to Lemsford Springs today gave me a nice bit of birding with zero crowds and a bonus year tick with the four Green Sandpipers feeding in the water beds.

How our network of vital bird habitats is expanding to include all wildlife Key Biodiversity Areas are the new game in town. They represent the unified currency for site conservation, building on four decades of success of the IBA programme and similar concepts.

Postcards from Marvellous May For a change we invite you to just sit back and enjoy the pictures… We stay at the bird-rich Ebro Delta for 2 nights… Hosteria de Guara, in the Sierra de Guara.

A Menorca Love Story I may not get out this week. Storm Brendan is on the way from Canada. I think it's payback time because we sent them Harry and Sparkle. My gout has returned with a resolve to keep me indoors this week. For now here is a tale of Menorca with lots of pictures.

Patient of the Week: American White Pelican With Back Injury What a difference a few weeks of care can make! In mid-December 2019, this young male American White Pelican was found in a Long Beach parking lot, cold and anemic, with a huge wound across his back and a small pouch laceration. We suspect he may have been struck by a vehicle.

Another paradise lost Things aren't what they used to be… Utxesa reservoir aquatic census 17th January 1998: 34 Coot 13 Great Crested Grebe 11 Teal 37 Mallard 11 Grey Heron 264 Great Cormorant 68 Shoveler 76 Common Pochard 1,800 Black-heded Gull 1 Ferruginous Duck.

Lynford Arboretum Arriving at Lynford Arboretum at 7.45am this morning we walked down to the paddocks with birds being very quiet and hard to find but that was to change as we arrived at the bridge with a Great Spotted Woodpecker several Marsh Tits and Coal Tits feeding on the provided seed.

T.O. Backyard - Pierre and the Flock Hello from our Toronto backyard! Happy new year to all. With a fairly busy holiday season and not a lot of bird activity here at home or in our travels, I thought I would blog about a species of bird that many probably don't think a whole lot about… Pigeons.

Hotspot 2020: the first week Here in Catalonia Lleida is well known for its fog. And deservedly so. This week the sun came out for about half an hour, setting off memes and whatsapp funnies about the inhabitants of Lleida seeing the sun again after weeks of fog.

Critically Endangered antwren receives its first protected area in Brazil In October 2019, the Marsh Antwren was given its first ever protected area in the town of Guararema, Brazil. This tiny, Critically Endangered antbird lives in isolated populations on marshland just 50km from São Paulo, the largest city in South America.

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