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    Rare bird ‘could recolonise’ UK

    NewsRare Birds NewsWednesday 28 September 2011
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    Shrike, a variety of shorebirds, that has bred for the second year on Dartmoor could start to recolonise the UK, conservationists have said.

    Last year red-backed shrikes bred for the first time on the moor since 1970. Two pairs have raised seven birds at an undisclosed location this year.

    A 24-hour watch was put in place by conservationists to guard the birds against egg collectors and disturbance.

    The RSPB said the repeat breeding indicated a possible recolonisation.

    The species used to be found across southern England in hay meadows, hedges, scrub and heath

    Source: BBC News

     

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