Hummingbirds in the Real World: evolution, physiology and relationship — GardenRiots

Hummingbirds are clearly fascinating and engaging creatures. They are biological wonders of ‘invention’, little gems that sparkle in their airborne dances through sunlight, with the seductive power to capture the attention of even the most incognizant of us lumbering earthbound humans, including many of those pretty much blind to the natural world. I did not […]

via Hummingbirds in the Real World: evolution, physiology and relationship — GardenRiots

News On The Wing – May 2019 Edition

The May 2019 Edition of News On The Wing covers a wide range of wildlife, plants, sea life, and woodland-related topics.  So grab a cup of java and catch up on the issues affecting and threatening biodiversity on Earth, such as:
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Woodland Trust – @WoodlandTrust
Hazel #dormouse numbers have declined by a third since 2000. Help us save the #woodland homes of the #wildlife we love this #spring woodlandtru.st/DT1yt #StandUpForTrees
AND from:
The Wildlife Trusts – @WildlifeTrusts
Offer live food to garden birds to help replace declining natural food supplies. They contain crucial moisture and can be taken back to the nest for chicks. Our friends

have a range of food and feeders to choose from. wtru.st/2I6vdAg Image: Nicholas Watts

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Click here to read the May, 2019 edition of News On The Wing.

Decline in curlew birds as farming ‘destroys habitat’ — BBC News – UK

 

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Curlew  landing on a fence.  RSPB Cymru   The curlew is the largest European wading bird, recognisable by its long, down-curved bill and long legs  

The number of curlews in Wales has dropped by 80% since 1990 with farming practices partly to blame, a charity has said.

RSPB Cymru has called for farmers to be rewarded for creating suitable habitats for the bird when a new payments scheme comes into force after Brexit.

It is estimated only 400 breeding curlew pairs are left in Wales.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) said nature should not be prioritised at the expense of the rural economy.

RSPB Cymru has been working on National Trust-owned land in Ysbyty Ifan, Conwy county, to restore curlew habitats.

It claims the bird’s decline was due, in part, to farming practices.

“[It is linked to] how hay is harvested as silage earlier on in the year, but there’s also been a decline in invertebrates, which is food for the curlew,” said Sabine Nouvet, an ecologist with the trust in Snowdonia and Llyn.

The Welsh Government has consulted on proposals for the agricultural payments system – due to replace the Common Agriculture Policy – and will consult further later this year.

via Decline in curlew birds as farming ‘destroys habitat’ — BBC News – UK

News On The Wing – April ’19 Edition

ephoto_1552237583487From tree netting to saving the Komodo Dragon, our April News On The Wing is chalk full of all the current wildlife and nature preservation news!

News On The Wing is comprised of information gathered from across social media.  It’s purpose is to share info, start conversations and encourage active participation in the protection of our natural world!  We hope you enjoy the April edition!

If you have a story or issue you’d like highlighted in News On The Wing, please send a DM to us on Twitter @TheRoost10

News On The Wing – March 2019 Edition

 

ephoto_1551840068350The March edition of News On The Wing is chock full of interesting and important information, collected from social media over the last month.  Articles reflect wildlife and conservation issues affecting species and ecosystems around the world.

Some issues are hard and troubling while some, like the following from Twitter’s @scamperspets share an important message in a very endearing way.

“I think this little poem about one of our most fabulous native animals says everything needed about why the humble #hedgehog needs all of our love and care.”

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So head on over to News On The Wing now and enjoy what we’ve gathered together for this month’s edition!

Check out our February Edition!

IMG_20190203_140432The Roost’s February ’19 edition has something for everybirdie:

  • Morty is beak-deep in technological problems, again, with Alexa, but with help and commiseration from Rocco, Morty just might  have a couple of (albeit hilarious) solutions!
  • Cheeks’ latest comic strip provides a lesson on grooming.
  • Bubbles and Zack help parront Sherri appreciate the value – and pitfalls, of modern digital technology.
  • News on the Wing showcases a range of issues impacting wildlife and the environment from around the world, including articles  on wildlife crime, wetlands conservation, the plight of the plover, and a celebration of penguins!
  • Feather Fun provides an opportunity to test your virtual jigsaw puzzle solving skills as well as your word search acumen.

We hope everybirdie enjoys our February 2019 Edition and as always, we invite your feedback on anything you read on The Roost Online!

News on the Wing – February Edition

IMG_20180615_155811The February edition of News on the Wing brings together a collection of topics on wildlife conservation, wildlife crime, migratory birds, endangered species, bird evolution, bees, wild spaces, trees, spring, declining insect populations, and much more.

Click here to read through the latest collection of bird and wildlife news sourced from social media and the web.