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Phil Pickin. Wildlife & Waterways Photographer and Journalist.
Phil Pickin. Wildlife & Waterways Photographer and Journalist.

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Brighter future for seabirds as Shiants declared rat free
© Jim Richardson The Shiant Isles have been officially declared rat-free, thanks to a four-year partnership project to restore them as a secure haven for nesting seabirds. A month-long intensive monitoring check in February found no sign of rats. This means...
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Caught on camera: Amazonian crop raiders
Papped snaffling in the jungle, a striking set of photos reveal the secret lives of Amazonian crop-raiding animals. A new study from the University of East Anglia (UK) identifies the Amazon’s ‘worst offending’ crop destroyers - and highlights the problems c...
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Field day in the garden as hungry winter visitors flock in.
© Ben Andrew ·           Freezing conditions force hungry winter visiting birds, fieldfares and redwings, into gardens ·           These thrushes will have spent the last few months in the countryside but now food is in short supply ·           The RSPB is ...
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Record numbers of common dolphin sightings off Scotland’s west coast
©  HWDT Sightings of common dolphins across the Hebrides have reached a new record high according to research conducted by marine conservation charity, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Evidence collected during marine research expeditions on the Trust’s s...
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Beast from the East could spell doom for garden birds at crucial time
© Phil Pickin The Met Office is predicting ‘exceptionally cold’ weather to hit the UK this week. After benefiting from mild January weather, birds will struggle to deal with the cold snap, which comes at a crucial time as they prepare for the nesting season...
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New study reveals the secret life of Jersey’s grass snakes
© Rob Ward Research on Jersey’s grass snakes has found that their numbers are higher than first thought, but they’re still at high risk of extinction. The study, led by scientist Dr Rob Ward from the  Durrell Institute of Conversation and Ecology (DICE) , w...
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Scottish Natural Heritage reduces carbon emissions by 20 per cent over past two years
Isle of May © SNH Following 2009 climate change legislation by the Scottish Government that requires public bodies to contribute to the delivery of national targets including reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) p...
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Time flies! The first Bewick’s swan of the season has set off for the Arctic signalling that spring is near
©  James Lees Leho, who arrived at WWT Welney on December 15, has called time on his winter holiday and begun the 2500km epic trip back to his summer dwellings in Arctic Russia.  After leaving the reserve at 7am, the enthusiastic swan crossed over the North...
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Results of the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2017!
Killer whale (off Shetland) – photo by Rhona Clarke As announced on TV’s BBC Countryfile last night, results of the 2017 National Whale and Dolphin Watch are in! During last year’s event, which took place 29 th  July – 6 th  August, a record-breaking 1,529 ...
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Signs of spring sweep across the nation.
Paul Chesterfield (rspb-images.com) January temperatures in England and Wales were 1 ° C above the long-term average triggering wildlife to stir from its winter slumber earlier than usual. Flowering plants, singing birds and the emergence of wildlife are am...
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