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The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature 

1. Persuasion: ‘Cobb Gate, Lyme Regis’ attributed to Reed - “A brooding, romantic image of the Cobb at Lyme Regis. Suddenly the stakes for the heroine seem very high.”

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Rare great white egret chick hatches in UK for first time

A great white egret chick has hatched in England, making a new breeding bird record for the UK, Natural England has said.

The numbers of buzzards are recovering after years of decline in Britain

Another day, another U-turn – plan for buzzard cull given the bird

Controversial plans to shotgun-blast the nests of buzzards to help out pheasant shooters were abruptly dropped by the Government yesterday, 24 hours after they were extensively highlighted and criticised in i.

Buzzard 'capture' scheme dropped

The Government has dropped a controversial scheme allowing buzzards to be taken into captivity and their nests destroyed to protect pheasant shoots.

The buzzard (left) and the pheasant

Minister sanctions buzzard nest blasting for 'research'

From the end of this week, Britain's minister for wildlife is sending men to destroy the nests of wild buzzards by blasting them with shotguns.

Leading article: No possible excuse for destroying buzzard nests

Game shooting – the blasting of large numbers of pheasants and other birds out of the sky for enjoyment – has so far escaped the widespread opprobrium attached to fox hunting, largely because it takes place out of the public gaze. But that may be about to change.

The buzzard (left) and the pheasant

Richard Benyon: The bird-brained minister

He is meant to be the Government's wildlife champion. So why is Richard Benyon backing a plan to destroy the nests of protected birds of prey in the interests of pheasant shooters?

RSPB voices shock at buzzard plans

Conservationists have condemned plans that would allow buzzard nests to be destroyed and the birds of prey taken into captivity to protect pheasant shoots.

Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems, study claims

Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems in towns and cities, a study has found.

The spoonbill, left, and a purpleheron

European egrets move to Somerset – for the weather

Warming climate may have enticed first pair of the Continental herons to mate in Britain

Clarke fails again at Match Play

Justin Rose handed Darren Clarke a 6&4 drubbing at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain yesterday.

Japanese fugitive penguin 337 spotted in Tokyo Bay

After Penguin Number 337 made a daring bid for freedom from a Tokyo aquarium and vanished into the waters of Tokyo Bay two months ago, many feared the worst for the adventurous feathered fugitive.

Thai food manufacturer interested in Birds Eye

The maker of Birds Eye fish fingers has followed Weetabix as the latest household British brand to attract takeover interest from Asia.

Gone to ground: Francis Meli of St Helens is stopped by Wigan's defence

Wane keen to keep Finch after victory in cup derby

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