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Michael McCarthy: Winter of '63 battered evolution's defences

Nature Notebook: It was suggested that half the birds in Britain died

Record year for Britain's twitchers

Birds from Asia and US among highest number of species spotted in a single year

Leading article: New arrivals

Ever seen a yelkouan shearwater out by the seaside, or a citril finch on the garden birdtable? Almost certainly not. But you may do in future, for these are just a few of the new birds on our block. Spotted for the first time in Britain in 2008, their presence has now been verified by the British Rare Birds Committee.

Travel Agenda: Vinopolis; Zambezi Queen; Lumiere festival; Mandarin Oriental

Today: For the Caribbean closer to home, make for Vinopolis in London, where the Caribbean Tourism Organisation is hosting a showcase with food, music, drinks and an appearance by Levi Roots (caribbean.co.uk).

Asian visitor's debut sparks twitching tizzy

A tiny bit of China which turned up on Tyneside put British birdwatchers in a twitching tizzy today. They flocked in their hundreds to South Shields to try to catch a glimpse of an eastern crowned warbler, a bird never seen in Britain before.

Birdwatchers flock for for the punk puffin

One man ran straight off a football pitch. Two more drove 300 miles through the night while dozens of others simply dashed out of their offices with binoculars in hand. All had the same thing in mind – catching the first ever glimpse in Britain of a seabird with an eccentric hairstyle, an outsized beak and a very, very poor sense of direction.

Birdwatchers (La Terra Degli Uomini Rossi) (15)

Despairing of life on a reservation, a tribe of Guarani Indians set up camp in their ancestral Amazon hunting-grounds, now treeless farmland, and become entangled with the farmers.

Michael McCarthy: Lord God Bird is what dreams are made of

Nature Notebook: The birders were fascinating but the unfamiliar birds excited me even more

Bitterns boom in conservation success

Bird declared extinct in 1880 makes remarkable comeback

Narrow Water: Beauty spot falls silent for IRA victims

A hush descended over a Northern Ireland beauty spot yesterday as families and ex-servicemen marked the 30th anniversary of an IRA double bombing which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers and a civilian.

Charity scours globe in search of long-lost birds

BirdLife International in bid to discover whether 'missing' species are in fact extinct

Masters and Commanders, By Andrew Roberts

Exceptional in both research and thundering narrative, this revealing book tells the story of the four key players on the Allied side in the Second World War.

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