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Waxwings at Nether Whitacre

Sightings of waxwings appearing around the West Midlands

Waxwings are unmistakable, being short-legged, plump birds about the size of a starling.

A housing shortage could see homes built on the green belt

Can we provide places for both people and wildlife to live in the next few years?

Space needs to be found in and around Birmingham and the Black Country for tens of thousands of new houses over the next few years.

Snowdrops in bloom

Glimmers of Spring are starting to show

The natural world, including local wildlife, does its best to cheer us up in what has been a very gloomy January.

Sunshine in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston

Natural environment essential to achieving 2020 Vision for Birmingham

Local conservationists are calling on everyone in the region to pledge to protect and improve Birmingham's natural environment.

The blackbird should challenge the robins' Christmas monopoly.

There are about 5 million breeding pairs of blackbirds in this country, and by Christmas they will have been joined by up to five million individuals from Scandinavia and northern Europe.

Cannock Chase

Could the West Midlands Combined Authority prioritise caring for the natural world?

When will we see the Minister for the Environment reviewing the state of the natural world and bringing forward ambitious plans for its improvement.

Brownfield sites are the perfect pop-up for nature

The best of our brownfield sites have been described as 'Britain's rainforests' because of the variety of wildlife, rare and common, that colonises them.

Bats are the other stars of the night sky

Wild About Gardens Week, jointly organised by the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, focused its attention onto bats.

A Hedgehog

The worrying decline in Hedgehog numbers

Rural Hedgehog populations are down by a half, and urban populations are down by a third.

House sparrow.

Worrying report is a stark warning to the state of our wildlife

The nation's nature conservation organisations have published a worrying report on the overall health of our wildlife.

A wild badger in woodland

Badger or Scapegoat?

The Government has announced an extension of the badger cull in its efforts to eradicate bovine TB.

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Dog Days could be near for British wildlife

There is an opportunity now to reform and improve the ways we reward those who manage land for helping wildlife; equally there is a huge risk that the imperfections of the present system will be used as an excuse to dismantle the whole process.

A painted lady butterfly

No satnav required for the Painted lady butterfly

Painted lady butterflies migrate every summer from Africa and southern Europe to the British Isles and beyond, sometimes reaching Iceland.

A hazel dormouse.

Whispers in the Woods

As Andrea Leadsom's new brief includes support to farmers, currently delivered through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), wildlife should perhaps be worried.

Green land off St Francis Avenue off Monastery Road and St Bernard's Road, close to Olton Friary RC Church in Solihull.

Artificial grass is flawless, flowerless and soulless

Garden lawns, which can be turned into mini-meadows, are now under threat from artificial grass.

Muntjac deer

The Case of The Deer in The Night

Suburbia, with its large gardens and quiet corners, seems to be good habitat for the Muntjac deer.

Buttercups

How can the flowers of our open spaces be increased?

The Birmingham and Black Country's Nature Improvement Area Partnership, led by the Wildlife Trust, has created 40 meadows in the conurbation.

A bird feeder being used

Random acts of wildness with the 30 Days Wild campaign

The Wildlife Trusts are repeating last year's successful 30 Days Wild campaign in which thousands of people took part.

A Small Copper butterfly, which has joined the list of UK butterflies suffering significant declines

All is not well with Butterfly conservation

More than half of the species monitored in the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme in 2015 declined, partly as a result of the very dry spring and cold and wet summer.

Turtle Dove

Malta presents a great danger to the migrating bird population

Migratory species generally move south in the autumn and north in the spring. Their journeys take them across many countries, one of the smallest of which presents a great danger.

Videos & Photos

CGI of plans for a new housing estate off Bristol Street

Major Birmingham housing estate plans unveiled

Marco Pierre White rooftop bar terrace

Birmingham has the best rooftop bar in the UK

Yorks Cafe at Ikon Gallery opens with outdoor terrace, giant pizzas and cocktails

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