The Independent reports threatened birds such as skylarks and curlew nest on the ground in the countryside.
The Independent reports Whale and Dolphin Conservation calls for changes to rules and reporting incidents as Easter break sees families head to the coast.
The Times reports the average number of greenfinches per count in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in January rose by eight per cent, which the charity said was a “glimmer of hope” following a steep decline in the population since 1993 due to the parasitic disease trichomonosis.
BBC News reports the UK is home to a dwindling swathe of temperate rainforest, and these biodiverse, beautiful habitats are some of the most endangered areas of rainforest in the world…
Guy Shrubsole, founded the website Lost Rainforests of Britain in 2020 in order to track remaining rainforest locations in the UK. He has also begun a petition, lobbying the government to “bring back Britain’s rainforests” as part of wider initiatives to begin rewilding what the World Wildlife Fund labels one of the “most nature-depleted countries in the world”.
The Times reports the migratory routes of 1,400 birds have been tracked to find where they would be most vulnerable to being killed by new onshore wind turbines and power lines. Scientists fitted satellite tags to 27 species such as eagles, gulls, owls, storks and swans to create a comprehensive map for the UK, continental Europe and north Africa to guide planning of wind farms and the high-voltage lines needed to carry supplies of renewable energy.
The BBC report habitats of endangered ground-nesting birds are being increasingly threatened by recreation in the New Forest, conservationists have warned. Prof Russell Wynn of Wild New Forest said populations of both curlew and lapwing have more than halved in the last two decades. Signposts have been put in place to warn visitors of “red areas” known to have nesting populations. Forestry England said the birds were “under real threat”.
The BBC reports orchards are vanishing from the landscape with an area the size of the Isle of Wight lost since 1900, according to research carried out by the National Trust. The disappearance of more than half of orchards across England and Wales is having an impact on flora and fauna, the organisation said. Orchards have been torn down to make way for houses and farming.
i News reports homeowners renovating period properties are inadvertently destroying nesting sites for endangered birds in a quest to make their homes more energy efficient, conservationists have warned. Swifts usually nest in holes near the roofs of properties, but renovation work is plugging these gaps and making it more difficult for the birds to breed.
ITV News reports councillors in the Cotswolds have reacted angrily after yet more raw sewage was pumped into local rivers.
The Telegraph reports our migratory birds are in decline – but a new campaign aims to lure them back.