Flamborough, England, rare marsh warbler nest

This video is about a marsh warbler singing in Sweden.

From the Flamborough Bird Observatory in England:

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Observatory is pleased to announce that a pair of Marsh Warblers took up territory in late May. The pair stayed and eventually were seen carrying food and extracting faecal sacs from a presumed nesting spot. Eventually at least one juvenile was seen to have fledged, although it was strongly suspected that there were more.

The site was vulnerable to disturbance and unable to be monitored. In consultation with RSPB staff the decision was made to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Marsh warblers are really rare in Britain.

When I was at Bempton Cliffs, not far from Flamborough head, on 5 July 2011, I was surprised to see a relative of the marsh marbler there: a sedge warbler. A lot more common in England than marsh warblers, but still surprising to see it near coastal cliffs, not in a marsh.

Roe deer lives saved by mirrors

This video is about a roe deer in Yorkshire in England.

Translated from daily Tubantia in the Netherlands:

Wildlife mirrors save lives of roe deer

July 21, 09:24

WINTERSWIJK – Putting more wildlife mirrors along the roads in the Achterhoek region has ensured that far fewer roe deer are killed by traffic.

35 deer

Last year “only” 35 deer died. “That’s about 20 percent lower than in other years,” said Jurgen Hejink, secretary of the Wildlife Management Unit (WBE) Winterswijk and surroundings.

Blue reflectors

Blue reflectors are placed by the game management units along several roads in the Achterhoek. Roe deer are scared of light rays of cars that are reflected by the blue reflectors. That keeps them from running on the roads.

English peace activists demonstrate against US spy base

This video from England is called Annual demonstration 4th July 2012, caab.org.uk.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Peace activists target Menwith Hill US spy base

Tuesday 1st July 2014

PEACE campaigners will target a United States spy base in Yorkshire this week to mark “Independence FROM America” day.

As hundreds of US staff inside the base celebrate Independence Day on Friday July 4, campaigners outside will be calling for the base’s closure.

Menwith Hill, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is an intelligence-gathering facility linked to spy satellites circling the globe.

It is run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), exposed by Edward Snowden for its domestic and international mass surveillance programmes.

Military, political and economic intelligence is fed back to the NSA’s headquarters in the US.

It played a role in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peace campaigners will rally outside the base between 5pm to 9pm.

Speakers include former MI5 agent Annie Machon, and US writer and activist David Swanson. Socialist folk singer Roy Bailey will perform.

The event is organised by the Campaign for Accountability of American Bases (CAAB).

Government needs to ‘come clean’ about extent of its knowledge of US activities on UK soil: here.

English birds and insects news

This video from Britain says about itself:

How Old Moor Nature Reserve in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, was opened to local communities and birdwatchers. The 250 acre natural moor is home to may bird species and helps to protect the local area from flooding.

From the Old Moor & Dearne Valley blog in England:

Stormy Monday – Old Moor sightings Monday 9th June

Karen W 10 Jun 2014 9:57 AM

There were thunderstorms but in between it was quite warm and sunny, here are the sightings from today.

Starting in the bird garden – stock dove, bullfinch (7), tree sparrow (7), great tit with young, dunnock, chaffinch and common blue damselfly.

The glossy ibis is still being reported from Houghton Washlands

Avocet and teal were seen on wader scrape.

From Wath Ings a male wigeon was seen.

A barn owl was seen hunting near to the reed bed screen this afternoon.

Reed bunting, reed warbler and blackcap were also from around the reserve.

Tree bumblebees are still being seen in the courtyard.

That’s it from the book but if you’ve seen anything else please let us know.

British birds update

This video from England is called RSPB Dearne Valley Old Moor Nature Reserve.

From Old Moor & Dearne Valley blog in Yorkshire, England:

Saturday Sightings on the last day of May…


31 May 2014 4:27 PM

Hello, here are the sightings from the book from OM today.

Wath Ings – 3 ringed plover, a redshank, a male wigeon, great crested grebe, a female teal, oystercatcher and a little grebe.

Wader Scrape – 6 avocet, a common tern, 4 ringed plover, 2 med[itteranean] gulls and 2 little ringed plover.

Of no fixed abode as the saying goes – a male cuckoo, a lesser whitethroat, 30+ tree sparrows, 6 sand martins and a bullfinch.

The bittern was heard booming and there was a common scoter on Manvers and a black necked grebe on Broomhill.

That’s it, short and sweet unless you know of anything else.

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Save white-clawed crayfish in Wales

This video from England is called Wildlife Conservation in the Yorkshire DalesWhite-clawed crayfish.

From Wildlife Extra:

One thousand white-clawed crayfish released in Wales

The white-clawed crayfish is a beneficial but threatened species in Welsh rivers

More than 1,000 native white-clawed crayfish have been released into a Welsh river as part of continued efforts to save the species from extinction. This is the third year that Natural Resources Wales officers have captive-reared and released the juvenile crayfish working in conjunction with the Wye and Usk Foundation.

To date more than 2,700 captive-reared crayfish have been released into the wild in a bid to offset the damage caused by the non-native American signal crayfish, climate change and the impact of pollution on habitat and water quality to the native crayfish population.The one-year-old crayfish were reared at Natural Resources Wales Cynrig Fish Culture Unit and have been released into specially selected ‘ark’ sites on a tributary of the River Irfon, near Builth Wells. These sites are chosen for their good habitat and water quality and because they are free from non-native crayfish and crayfish plague – a lethal fungus-like disease carried by the North American invaders.

Early signs suggest the project has been a success, with crayfish found at release sites 15 months after the initial introduction.

The white-claw is Britain’s only native crayfish and experts believe that without intervention there is real risk of the species becoming extinct from mainland Britain within the next 20 to 30 years.

They play an important role in aquatic ecosystems and thanks to their sensitivity to chemical pollution they are a useful indicator of water quality.

Oliver Brown from Natural Resources Wales, said: “Establishing a healthy population of native white-clawed crayfish would be a good sign that we are creating a better environment in Wales.

“It’s under threat from the invasive American Signal invader, which can devastate aquatic wildlife by eating insects and fish eggs – and in doing so, causing long-term damage to fish stocks. It also burrows into riverbanks to nest, making them less stable, and increasing the risk of flooding.

“Rearing in excess of 1,000 crayfish in one production cycle is a real breakthrough for us. With few naturally abundant populations left in Wales, captive rearing is likely to be the most efficient way of providing crayfish to stock ark sites.

“Working with the Wye and Usk Foundation has allowed us to release larger numbers of this threatened species back into the wild to help ensure its survival.”

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Racist violence against black woman in England

Georgia James, 19, from Chapel Allerton who was the victim of a racist attack in Leeds city centre. Picture by Gerard Binks

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Racist thug hunted after assailing black woman

Saturday 3rd May 2014

POLICE in Leeds are hunting a violent racist who smashed a teenage black woman in the face after shouting foul abuse at her.

Georgia James, 19, who has lived in Leeds all her life, had ended her shift at a city-centre hotel and was walking to a relative’s home when the attack took place on Saturday at 6.20pm.

A white man, said to be about 30, began swearing and shouting racist abuse at her.

“Then he asked me what I was doing in this city and [said] I didn’t belong here,” she said. “Then he hit me hard, punched me in the face. I was shocked and couldn’t believe what was happening.

“I was scared he might do something else or come back so I sat down and some people came to help me and I want to thank them.”

Ms James’s face was bruised and swollen, she suffered a bruised arm and received hospital treatment.

Her father Lutel is a youth and community worker in the city.

“It is 2014 and Leeds is a thriving multicultural city. It is unbelievable this could happen,” he said.

Police said the assailant was wearing a blue top and Nike hat.

Inspector Andy Briggs said: “This was a serious incident in which a young woman has been subjected to an abhorrent verbal attack and physically assaulted.

“We are treating this assault as racially motivated. Such behaviour is unacceptable and I’d ask anyone who can help to contact North East Leeds neighbourhood policing team on 101.”

See also here.

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