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There are 8 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Birds".

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1. Science in action: Watching the birds

How the UK's birds of prey were saved from the malign effects of 20th-century pesticides is a great example of scientific detective work - and it also shows the immense value of monitoring the natural environment over long periods. Tom Marshall tells the story.

Tags: Birds, Ecology, Hazards
2. Podcast: How plastic pollution may harm marine life

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Tamara Galloway, Matt Cole and Ceri Lewis of the University of Exeter talk about their research on the effects of fragments of plastics from food packaging, drinks bottles, and even facial scrubs, on marine wildlife.

Tags: Birds, Marine life, Oceans, Podcasts, Pollution, UK
3. Taking the environment's pulse

Long-term observation of our ecosystems is critical for us to understand environmental change. Andy Sier looks back on the contribution of 20 years of observation and research by the Environmental Change Network.

Tags: Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Ecology, Environmental change, Insects, Rivers and lakes, UK
4. Podcast: River pollution and its effects on birds

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Steve Ormerod of Cardiff University and John Clark of the RSPB explain why toxic chemicals banned long ago are still causing problems for Eurasian dippers and their chicks.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Birds, Podcasts, Pollution, Rivers and lakes, UK
5. Cat survey reveals impact on birds

Some pet cats are killing a lot of birds around the UK, a new study shows. Most don't do much harm, but millions of marauding felines add up to what could be a serious problem for the nation's wildlife.

Tags: Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Ecology
6. Europe still has a rich reservoir of unknown species

You could be forgiven for thinking that all of Europe's plants and animals were discovered, documented and named a long time ago. But it turns out that nothing could be further from the truth.

Tags: Animals, Biodiversity, Biology, Birds, Ecology, Fish, Fungi, Insects, Microbes, Plants
7. Microplastics endanger ocean health

Tiny pieces of plastic contaminate almost every sea in the world. Now scientists have found that marine creatures like fish and birds are eating this microscopic waste, which may be harming their health.

Tags: Birds, Marine life, Oceans, Pollution, UK
8. Telomere length predicts lifespan

You can predict how long a young bird is likely to live by looking at just one specialised piece of genetic material in its cells, new research shows.

Tags: Biodiversity, Birds, Genetics, Health

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