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Sea eagle, which has an 8ft wingspan, disappeared on Saturday

Summer visitors top list of fastest-falling bird populations

Concern for the fate of Britain's migratory birds has deepened with the disclosure that eight out of the 10 most rapidly declining UK bird species are our summer visitors from Africa.

My Edinburgh: Magnus Mills, Author

There's a question I'm occasionally asked that never fails to baffle me: what are your books about?

Pigeon tagine

Serves 4-6

Game On: Mark Hix celebrates the month of August – when grouse and wild mushrooms make a welcome appearance

Last year I made a plan to take August off and enjoy the sun in Dorset and just return to London for meetings – but in fact the weather was shocking: fog, wind, rain and not even any fishing... So this year I've once again booked the month of August off, but I have managed to fix up two little trips to Morocco and Ibiza, just in case the weather disappoints. So far, fortunately, the weather has been pretty good and once again the grouse season has crept up on us. British ceps have also made an early appearance which makes menu planning start to get really interesting again.

Invasion of the falcons: The peregrine is back in town

After decades of declining numbers, the world's fastest creature is populating Britain's cities once again. One pair has even set up home at Tate Modern

Brown shrimp patties with fried quails' eggs

Makes 12 little snacks

Forget the cycling, it's the Tour de Pigeon

It's the Tour de France without the dope testing. In a desperate attempt to restore the flagging fortunes of the sport of pigeon racing, the elite birds of France embarked on their own 13-stage race around France this week.

The Venice Biennale, Various Venues, Venice

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Picnic perfection: Britain's top chefs reveal their recipes for al fresco dining success

It's time to celebrate the great outdoors – but don't let a soggy sandwich blight your hamper...

Why an ancient symbol of love is heading for an unhappy ending

The turtle dove has vanished from half its nesting sites in the past 20 years

Sport of kings takes wing once again

It's boom time for falconry as breeders struggle to cope with upsurge of interest among the young

Sport on TV: Tyson ruffles feathers but at least he's not up before beak

The bull terriers were being judged at Crufts yesterday but their owners didn't have the singlets and tattoos you might expect, let alone the gold chains around their necks that are thicker than their dogs' leads.

China sees pigeons as far more than a flight of fancy

Record auction prices fuel criminal trade in pedigree birds and spark gambling boom
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