10 of the best places to spot migratory birds in the UK

Autumn is a brilliant time to see birds arriving and heading off in their thousands. Spectacular movements can be seen all over the UK, but we choose 10 special spots

Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
This narrow thread of land – actually classed as a sand tidal island – facing Grimsby is home to a bird observatory that records prodigious quantities of migrants and rarities. An easterly wind will bring thousands of birds passing through.

Dungeness, Kent

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 A view across one of the main lakes at Dungeness’s RSPB reserve. Photograph: Adam McCulloch


Given its lighthouses, miniature railway, nuclear power station, curious shacks and shingle, the peninsula is a unique spot even without the vast array of bird and insect life that uses it to launch off over the English Channel. A bird observatory and excellent RSPB reserve keep track of the comings and goings. Continue reading

UK falls silent to mark VE Day 75 years on

The UK has held a two-minute silence to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, as the country remains in lockdown due to the coronavirus.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led the silence at 11:00 BST to honour servicemen and women during World War Two, and the Queen will address the nation later.

The PM thanked the VE Day generation, saying “our gratitude will be eternal”.

Events are taking place all day, but public gatherings have been cancelled.

Victory in Europe Day marks the day in 1945 when Britain and its allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, bringing the war in Europe to an end Continue reading

UK coronavirus death toll may be over 32,000 – 54% higher than reports

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK might be 54 per cent higher than reported – meaning the grim death toll could be at least 32,000.

The Office for National Statistics today found there were 22,300 deaths involving Covid-19 in and outside of hospital up to April 17 but registered to April 25.

his is compared to 14,451 reported by the Department of Health for England and Wales at the same time.

The number means the UK death toll could be around 54 per cent higher than the current total of 21,092 – bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to at least 32,000.

The figures explore deaths that happened outside hospital – including care homes and private houses – as well as backdated hospital deaths.

“Every death from this virus is a tragedy. This is being exacerbated by the fact some social care staff and other frontline workers still lack the necessary PPE to protect themselves and the people they care for from contracting coronavirus.”

Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board

It also includes hidden deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned as a suspected cause of death but the victim has not necessarily tested positive for the disease.

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Elle Osborne “Birds of the British Isles”

Brighton-based singer, sound artist, fiddle player and composer, Elle Osborne, has just announced the release of her fourth full-length album If You See a Rook on Its Own, It’s a Crow.

Birds of the British Isles

If You See a Rook on Its Own, It’s a Crow is released on 5th June 2020
Pre-Order the digital release via Bandcamp and get an instant download of Birds of the British Isles.https://elleosborne.bandcamp.com/album/if-you-see-a-rook-on-its-own-its-a-crow CD Pre-Order (Ltd Edition of 100) via https://www.elleo.com/products/if-you-see-a-rook-on-its-own-its-a-crow (pre-orders will be posted to arrive by June 5th).