THE dawn chorus may ring clearer in the Scottish Borders due to a controversial plan to trap and kill crows and magpies in a bid to protect songbirds.
BOOKSHOP shelves are already groaning with life stories of the likes of Katie Price, Susan Boyle and even fictional Russian meerkat Alexandr Orlov.
Protection is being increased for one of Scotland's most iconic bird's of prey.
The sparrowhawk is the low-flying jet fighter of the bird world; watch him go at breakneck speed only feet above the ground, up and over a hedge, quickly back down to ground level again and then veer tightly around a bush to flush out a young greenfinch.
BIRD lovers bid an emotional farewell yesterday to the grand old lady of Scotland's ospreys on what wildlife experts fear may be her final migratory flight from the Highland loch that has been her home for the past two decades.
SCOTLAND'S environment minister is planning to meet her counterpart in Ireland to address how to tackle poisoning of birds of prey in the two countries.
EIGHT rare red kite chicks have died after they were accidentally given poisoned food by adult birds.
FOR the last 15 years they have fallen victim to thieves who raid their nest for their valuable offspring.
THE UK's oldest breeding osprey has apparently recovered, after she seemed to be at death's door at the weekend.
THE eagle has landed for a shocked crew anchoring in one of Britain's remotest lochs.
WILDLIFE crime investigators raided a Scottish estate after schoolchildren monitoring a rare red kite sparked a major inquiry.
A RARE red kite bred in the Highlands has been spreading its wings by flying to England to meet other birds.
MORE than 200 Scottish landowners have issued an unprecedented condemnation of wildlife crime and called for those involved in the illegal poisoning of birds of prey to face the "full weight of the law".
TWO celebrity sea eagles who won the hearts of the nation as stars of BBC's Springwatch have suffered a double breeding blow.
THE HIGHLAND estate where Madonna was married was yesterday at the centre of a major investigation into the deaths of five birds of prey, including three golden eagles.
THE illegal killing of eagles and other birds of prey is jeopardising population numbers, MSPs were warned yesterday.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first successful breeding of a pair of Scottish sea eagles on the Isle of Mull, following the reintroduction programme that began on Rum in 1975. It was a landmark event for Scottish conservationists, providing inspiration for the subsequent reintroduction of the red kite and more recently the beaver.
ILLEGAL killing is severely hampering efforts to increase the number of red kites in the north of Scotland, according to new research.