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RSPB Scotland wildlife charity backing Scottish beaver projects – stv.tv

RSPB Scotland wildlife charity backing Scottish beaver projects - stv.tv | CSPB Ornithologist's Alliance. | Scoop.it

A leading wildlife conservation charity is backing the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland.

RSPB Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to pave the way for future releases following the conclusion of the Scottish Beaver Trial.

Ministers are due to determine the fate of beavers in Scotland by May 2015.

They will decide whether to allow further licensed reintroductions, allow present beavers to remain but not allow further reintroductions, or exterminate all beavers in Scotland.


One of the stilt parents nesting for the first time in the UK for 27 years

Image: Ivan Lang

Two pairs of black-winged stilt – a rare Mediterranean wading bird – which has not bred successfully in the UK for nearly 30 years have hatched their first chicks on RSPB reserves in Kent and West Sussex in south-east England today. One black-winged stilt chick came out of the egg early this morning at RSPB Cliffe Pools on the North Kent Marshes, and second and third chicks have hatched at RSPB Medmerry near Chichester.

The other eggs in both broods are expected to hatch later today.

The last successful British breeding attempt by black-winged stilts was in Norfolk in 1987. Since last month when the stilt pairs were discovered on the reserves, the RSPB has organised a 24-hour watch on the nests with the help of a rota of volunteers.

It is thought that a dry spell in southern Spain has displaced the birds to southern Britain. And it is believed that a changing climate may bring these birds more regularly in future.

Black-winged stilts are large black-and-white waders with long reddish-pink legs, usually found in the Mediterranean. They nest in wetland and feed on insects which they pick from the surface of the water or forage for in shallow mud.

Exciting times “It’s very exciting that the chicks are beginning to hatch,” said RSPB Cliffe Pools warden Andy Daw. He added: “We managed to protect the eggs, but there are still challenges ahead because the chicks will become more vulnerable to predation.

“Cliffe Pools has ten percent of the UK’s saline lagoons, a very rare habitat which gives the black-winged stilts what they need to breed and raise chicks.

“It’s been a fantastic breeding season on the North Kent Marshes, and we have recorded record numbers of lapwing chicks.

“In terms of people viewing the birds, at the moment they are on an island but the water too deep for feeding so they will probably move the chicks across so that they can feed in shallower waters around the coastguard flats, which may make them a bit more difficult to see.”

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Bird Watching in Alta Floresta – Cristalino Jungle Lodge | Brazil Nature Tours.

Bird Watching in Alta Floresta - Cristalino Jungle Lodge | Brazil Nature Tours. | CSPB Ornithologist's Alliance. | Scoop.it

 For the love of animals. Pass it on.

Are you looking for bird watching ecotourism packages? Brazil Nature Tours can personalize a vacation package in Alta Floresta just for you.


Alta Floresta is considered by many ornithologists as one of the most diverse destinations for bird watching in the entire Amazon. With a bird list of 570+ species and new species found every year, the region of Alta Floresta and Cristalino River Basin have been visited by leading ornithologists and birders from all over the world. First visited by Ted Parker and Mort and Phyllis Isler in 1989, the region has attracted the visits of Dr. Yürgen Haffer, Dr. Robert Ridgley, Guy Tudor, Dr. Kevin Zimmer, and Bret Whitney to mention a few.

Due to the barrier effect of rivers like the Madera, Xingu and Teles Pires which inhibit the dispersion of some species, the Cristalino Reserve has a high incidence of endemism. Differing soil types from the drainages of the ” White water” Rio Teles Pires and the “Black water” Rio Cristalino enhance the overall diversity of flora and fauna. Clients can choose from a set of trails with different habitats, go by boat on the river in search of Red-throated Piping Guan, Razor-billed and Bare-faced Curassow or they can relax in the Lodge clearing where many species of toucan, macaw, parrots, cotinga, barbet, trogon, and other frugivores visit the Cecropia trees for their tasty fruit.

In addition to the Cristalino Lodge, the Hotel Floresta Amazonica, which is located in a 100 acre fragment of primary forest in the center of the city of Alta Floresta, has unique attractions not to be missed. Visitors often spend a night at the Hotel upon arrival and before departure home. Endemics such as Crimson-bellied Parakeet, Black-girdled Barbet and Cryptic Forest Falcon as well as rarities such as Rufous-necked and Collared Puffbird are all found within 5 minutes walk of the breakfast buffet.

“The Cove” exposed the dolphin slaughter in Taiji The OPS team has a new documentary “6”



Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.

By Nilofar Bawa 3 days 10 hours


Dolphins are some of the most intelligent, socially complex animals out there. So it make sense that they would be the ones to star in a thrilling rescue story.

In an excerpt from her book “Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist,” Maddalena Bearzi, President of the Ocean Conservation Society, tells the story of the incredible day that a pod of dolphins stopped everything to save a human’s life.

According to Bearzai, she and her research team were heading back to shore when a pod they’d been observing abruptly stopped feeding and swam to deeper waters — unusual behavior for the species.

The researchers followed them, and after a few miles, the animals stopped, forming an eerie ring around a dark spot in the water. Bearzai tells the astounding story:

“Someone’s in the water!” yelled my assistant, standing up and pointing at the seemingly lifeless body of a girl. For a moment, we were silent. Then, slowly, I maneuvered the boat closer. The girl was pallid and blonde and appeared to be fully clothed. As the boat neared, she feebly turned her head toward us, half-raising her hand as a weak sign for help.
While the dolphins circled around like bodyguards, the scientists sprang into action, pulling the hypothermic girl on board and wrapping her in a blanket to warm her. They couldn’t even communicate with her, because she was German and no one spoke the language, but it became later that the incident was an attempted suicide.

Happily, the girl was rushed to the hospital and revived, and eventually thanked her rescuers — if the dolphins hadn’t led them to her, she would have died.

The scientists couldn’t find an explanation for this incredible behavior, but stories like this aren’t unheard of. In one stunning anecdote, a pod of dolphins intervened to protect a wildlife filmmaker from becoming a huge hammerhead’s next meal:

Laura Bridgeman of the International Marine Mammal Project said that these stories are the perfect evidence as to why we should treat dolphins with respect.

Even more remarkable than dolphin’s apparent ability to recognize distress in another species is their commendable sense of altruism. I challenge someone to come up with a better explanation for the numerous accounts of dolphins saving human beings. Why else would they take time out of their days, and often put themselves at physical risk? We should treat them with the same respect and kindness they regularly show to us.

The gateway to everything you want to know about Scotland’s environment.

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LIFE+ is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.

SEPA successfully applied to the LIFE+ Programme for matched funding to support Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership initiative. A project with a total value of 4.8 million Euros commenced on September 1st 2011, for development of the Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership and Website until August 2015.

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