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Nuthatch by Tommy Holden

WI Centennial Fair

For four days from 3rd to 6th September, the WI will be celebrating their 100th birthday in Harrogate at their Centennial Fair. The fair will have everything from food demonstrations to lifestyle exhibitors, so there's something for everyone. The Garden BirdWatch team will be there promoting the survey, as well as talking about their work, so why not pop along and see what it's all about?

Bird Photographer of the Year

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and specialist natural history photo library Nature Photographers Ltd (NPL)  are pleased to announce the launch of 'Bird Photographer of the Year', a  new international photography competition that aims to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid  conservation by  supporting  the valuable work carried out by the BTO. 

Chris the Cuckoo

Tense times for Chris

Chris is giving us sleepless nights. His map still shows him in northern Italy but we have received a few poor signals that locate him in the Tibesti mountains in northern Chad and the middle of the desert. He has been here for around eight days and at this stage we are unsure how he is doing – we have everything crossed. Follow him and the other Cuckoos here.

Lesser Black-backed Gull. Photograph by Sam Whitfield

Gulls allowed?

A British summer would hardly be complete without headlines about gulls terrorising residents of seaside towns, stealing chips and ice cream. As the start of the holiday season meets the end of the gull breeding season, the stories this year have been particularly numerous. BTO scientists Viola Ross-Smith and Aonghais Cook look at the facts behind the headlines.

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