The chicks began to hatch on the 15 May  and this is footage of them in their first few hours.
This is a marsh tit video.
From the BTO Bird Ringing ‘Demog Blog‘ in Britain:
15 May 2015
Old friends welcome in the new CES season
We recently received the following fascinating account of the first CES visit of the year at Foxglove Covert, Catterick, Yorkshire. The first CES visit period of 2015 is now over and we are already hearing stories of how long-term ringing projects can help us learn more about the productivity, abundance and survival of birds in Britain & Ireland.
Tony Crease writes: …
Monday provided the window of opportunity and 12 ringers from the Swaledale Group turned out for visit 1 of our 23rd CES season. With trees still without leaves after the recent very cold weather, the usually lush habitat was less than ideal for hiding the nets. Nevertheless, we had an interesting day catching 204 birds of 25 species. The first Blackcap and Garden Warbler of the year were processed as well as 29 Bullfinches, 23 Willow Warblers and many of our routinely resident species. What was entirely unexpected was the age structure of the birds, some of which we find are surprisingly long lived.
Among the more common species we processed was a four year old Chiffchaff, Chaffinches that were four and six years old respectively and six Blue Tits from four to eight years old. Even more fascinating was a pair of Willow Tits; the female, who had a large brood patch, had been ringed on the reserve as a juvenile on 9 August 2007 and had been caught every year since – a total of 37 times in all!
As if that wasn’t compensation enough for our very early start, to our complete amazement there then followed R084872, a Marsh Tit which had been ringed as a juvenile in the reserve on 10 July 2004. This bird, we believe, must now hold the British & Irish longevity record for that species; it has been re-trapped 42 times and has been recorded at Foxglove Covert every year since except 2010 and 2013.
Increasingly, we are finding more results like these with several passerines, including Blackbirds, quite often living five years or more. It is a compelling aspect of our ringing activities and one that has improved so much with the introduction of IPMR. We load the birds as we ring them so information on original ringing data is readily available.
While visiting our Tawny Owl boxes recently we found one bird that had been breeding in the same next box for 16 years. It is an intriguing subject and one that continually delivers surprises. Life is full of the unexpected and our feathered friends in and around Catterick provide many thought-provoking examples.
This video from England is called “The Birds of Bempton Cliffs“.
From Steve Race Wildlife Photography in England today:
I have had a great day at Bempton Cliffs with all the seabirds back now in large numbers even including a handful of Puffins (very early). One of my favourite seabirds is the Razorbill and they are now starting to peer around the cliff ledges looking for potential partners.
If you would like to take photographs of the amazing seabird colony at Bempton Cliffs from ‘Above and Below’ the cliffs then why not join me on one my full day trips this Summer. Please click on the … link for more details.
This video from England says about itself:
31 January 2015
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Monday 2nd February 2015
Miners launch fight for Britain’s last three collieries
MORE than 500 miners, ex-miners, their families and supporters took to the streets in Yorkshire to launch what they called “the last throw of the dice” for Britain’s deep coalmining industry.
The campaign to save the country’s last three collieries was launched on Saturday at Kellingley colliery in Yorkshire where local MPs — including shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper — joined National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) officials to brief the media on the campaign.
Union banners of Kellingley and Hatfield collieries in Yorkshire, and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire, were raised at the town hall in Knottingley to head a march to a social club built with cash raised by Kellingley miners.
Supporters of the campaign to save the three pits came from across Britain including representatives of former mining communities in south Wales, Scotland, north-east England and the Midlands.
All three collieries, the remnants of a once mighty industry, face closure this year unless the coalition government provides “bridging” funding to enable the pits to establish new faces.
UK Coal, which owns Kellingley and Thoresby, says that unless the funding is found in the next few weeks the two will close.
Half of Kellingley’s 500-strong workforce face redundancy in April.
The company was due to attend the meeting of MPs, union representatives and the media, but pulled out at the last moment.
Former NUM president Ian Lavery MP said intense lobbying was being carried out at Westminster, including meetings with ministers.
Yvette Cooper, MP for the former mining communities of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in West Yorkshire, said the next few weeks were vital if Britain’s deep coalmining industry, and the unique skills of the miners, are to survive.
But she repeatedly refused to be drawn on what policy Labour would have on the industry if it is elected in May.
After the march there was a rousing rally in the concert room at the miners’ social club.
There were stirring speeches from NUM general secretary Chris Kitchen, Ian Lavery, Mike Jackson of LGSM, Welsh MP Sian Jones, and Ms Cooper.
Bolsover’s veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner won a standing ovation for his usual fiery performance.
But he warned the crowd that the three pits — and the industry — are “hanging by a thread.”
This 2014 video from Britain is called Pride Movie CLIP – The March (2014) – Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton Comedy HD.
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners — led by Young Communist League general secretary Mark Ashton, who died of HIV in 1987 — raised thousands of pounds to help mining communities in the Great Strike.
A Red Ribbon Fund was founded by Chris Birch in his memory to help people suffering from the virus.
“I was a close friend of Mark and set up the fund after his death,” Mr Birch told the Star.
“It reached £2,000, then it went up and up and up because of the film Pride and all the publicity.
“It was mainly £10, £20 and £25 donations, but then there was one of £1,000 and another of £5,000 and it is still growing.”
Yesterday, the fund stood at £15,011.81.
The Dutch RAVON herpetologists have decided that 2015 is the year of the only venomous snake in the Netherlands: the adder. They hope that this year there will be more measures for a better environment for adders, like tunnels enabling them to cross roads.
See also here.
This video is called ENGLAND, ARISE! – PROMO. It says about itself:
20 December 2013
A brief promo film of Bent Architect’s research and development project exploring the true story of the Yorkshire Conscientious Objectors of the first world war, at Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, December, 2013. We are aiming to launch the production in the autumn of 2014 as an alternative commemoration of the centenary.
By Bernadette Hyland in Britain:
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Bernadette Hyland previews a powerful new play on conscientious objectors during WWI
BENT Architect are not a left-wing theatre group in the traditional sense.
But with England, Arise! they have produced one of the few dramas this year which challenges the government’s propaganda about the First World War.
It is the story of the people who refused to be conscripted into the army in 1916 and the communities that supported them.
Bent Architect are playwright Mick Martin and director Jude Wright, who both have a long history of writing and producing in television, theatre and the community.
They started the theatre group in 2007 and over the years have produced plays addressing issues as varied as bipolar disorder and Charles Darwin.
“It gives us the opportunity to do things that are a little off the wall,” Wright says.
“When a story is right and it is the time to tell it we bring the company into action.”
This time that story is channeled through England, Arise! which focuses on conscientious objectors in Huddersfield during the first world war.
Wright says they want the play to remind people of an important aspect of history in Britain and show how ordinary people can make a difference to the politics of their era.
An important source for the production is Cyril Pearce’s Comrades in Conscience, a study of the opposition to WWI in Huddersfield in which he argues that opposition to the war in the town has been marginalised by mainstream historians.
Interviews Pearce — an adviser on the script — conducted with key members of the town’s Independent Labour Party back in the 1960s revealed that Huddersfield had many conscientious objectors who were not on the margins but supported by what was a highly politicised community.
This is not surprising, given Huddersfield’s importance to the textile industry and the socialist politics which sprang from it.
England, Arise! tells the story of Arthur Gardiner, a dyers’ labourer from the town, who refused to fight in the first world war because of his political beliefs.
The verbatim account of his defence before a military service tribunal in 1916 is used in the production to demonstrate his bravery and the centrality of his socialist politics to his refusal to fight.
Martin has drawn on feminist historian Jill Liddington’s excellent history Rebel Girls which describes the impact of the suffrage movement in towns such as Huddersfield in the early 1900s when it drew significant numbers of women to the cause.
The play shows how young men such as Gardiner were inspired by those women’s experience of imprisonment, hunger strikes and being treated as aliens in their own country.
The lyrics of traditional socialist songs will accompany the action, with local musicians composing new musical accompaniments.
“Ultimately it is a very dramatic and universal story of people standing up for what they believe in,” Martin says.
“It’s also very hopeful, about young men and women who believe in a better world and are committed to bringing it about peacefully.”
England, Arise! premieres at the Lawrence Batley Centre, Huddersfield, on October 24-24, then tours the north of England until November 19, details: bentarchitect.co.uk.