France authorises the trapping of hundreds of thousands of birds

The French government has approved the legal trapping and hunting of more than 150,000 wild birds in France this season – a total higher than last year’s permitted catches. The figures, published on 5 September, legalise the use of various trapping methods, some of which are widely considered inhumane and invariably inflict pain and suffering […]

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Europe faces ‘biodiversity oblivion’ after collapse in French birds, experts warn

The “catastrophic” decline in French farmland birds signals a wider biodiversity crisis in Europe which ultimately imperils all humans, leading scientists have told the Guardian. A dramatic fall in farmland birds such as skylarks, whitethroats and ortolan bunting in France was revealed by two studies this week, with the spread of neonicotinoid pesticides – and […]

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Blackcap Singing

Blackcaps are quite stocky birds, about the size of house sparrows. They are mainly light grey-brown in colour with the male having a neat black cap on its head, while the female’s cap is chestnut-brown. In summer, recently fledged young also have a chestnut-brown cap, with young males gaining their black cap by late autumn. […]

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Eurasian cranes

The weather getting at last better I decided to go see if the “grandes mademoiselles” were present. They are very shy birds and migrate south to winter in Africa, Spain and the south of France. The counts were up to 5000 very recently in the Magnoac region at the Puydarrieux lake, France. The water levels […]

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