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    This week saw the UK’s largest ever coastal flood realignment scheme completed in Medmerry, West Sussex.    The scheme, which cost £28 million, will protect 350 properties, two holiday parks and a water treatment works from coastal flooding. It will also be providing 180 hectares of habitat for wading birds, including the rare black-tailed godwit (pictured) and oth...

    The RSPCA has welcomed the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) action to ban ships around the world from discharging all forms of high viscosity polyisobutylene (PIB) into the sea during tank cleaning operations.   The charity, along with a number of other wildlife organisations have announced the fact that they are pleased with the decision to ban the substance. PIB ...

    A man from Winters Park in Penrith has pleaded guilty to the intentional killing of buzzards on land managed by a private shooting syndicate.    Colin Burne, 64, is a gamekeeper and he killed the birds in the Whinfell Forest, near Penrith, in Cumbria.    Burne attended Carlisle Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to three charges. These charges related ...

    A new study has found that leaving food in the garden for birds in the winter could be killing off certain breeds.   Researchers tested leaving out crumbs of bread and fat balls for blue tits actually resulted in less breeding success when spring came around.   The logic behind the findings is that food left out may help weaker gbirds to be able to survive and breed bu...

    A groundbreaking report that was published last week has revealed that 60% of the UK’s native species have been on the decline over recent decades.    The report was carried out by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations and some top scientists, who have worked side-by-side to compile a ‘stock take’ of our native species.  &nbs...

    In just two incidents along the English Channel, over 4,000 seabirds were washed up on beaches covered in polyisobutene (PIB). Leading wildlife conservation and animal welfare charities are now working with the UK Chamber of Shipping in order to call for a review of the hazard classification status of PIB. This group are also being supported by the wider industry body MaritimeUK.  The ...

    Up to nearly 3,000 birds have been killed or injured by the chemical polyisobutene (PIB) off the south cost of England this year. It is said to be worse than the disaster caused by the MSC Napoli in 2007.   The MSC Napoli was a container ship that was destined for the UK and contained 1684 tonnes of products that were classed as dangerous by the International Maritime organization....

    Greenpeace has created an advert targeting Coca Colas packing distribution firm and linking it to the death of sea birds. The clip is 45 seconds long and shows people drinking a coke on the beach with dead birds falling down beneath them. At one stage of the video it shows a dead bird with dozens of bottle caps in it’s body. On the video the message “Plastic bottles are killing our ...

    The team at the RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton has been hard at work looking after over 60 birds that were caught in the latest pollution incident in the English Channel.  The oiled birds are mainly guillemots, however, there are some razorbills that are now at the centre too.    Most of the birds in the care of the RSPCA are in an emaciated condi...

    The RSPB has recently called for tighter international regulations to prevent a lethal substance from being released into our seas. The substance, polyisobutene (PIB) is deadly to seabirds and it was identified by scientists at the University of Plymouth as the cause of death for thousands of seabirds.  The university study identified the substance from samples taken from seabirds that...

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