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Eagle-eyes requested for Monty's harriers

Keen bird watchers in Norfolk are being encouraged to keep an eye out for a rare bird of prey on their way to the UK for the Summer migration.

Montagu's harriers in flight Credit: RSPB

Montagu's harriers go to Senegal for winter, but from May one male in particular - who goes by the name of Roger - is known to come back to Norfolk to breed.

Roger was fitted with a state of the art satellite tracking device in 2014 as part of an ongoing study to learn more about Montagu's harriers' migration and their breeding sites here in the UK. Five other birds have since been fitted, and it's enabled researchers to locate the winter grounds of UK Montagu's harriers in Senegal for the first time.

The RSPB are hoping that the public reporting any sightings could help identify new areas where they're nesting. Just seven pairs of Montagu's harriers, known affectionately by bird watchers as 'Monty's', nested in the whole of the UK last year.

"Monty's are increasingly nesting in cropped arable fields rather than reed beds, so we're especially keen to make farmers aware of them and hear from any who think they might have birds nesting in their fields, but anyone who sees one can help us make sure they have the best chance of successfully breeding and rearing their chicks by getting in touch to tell us about their sighting."

– Mark Thomas - RSPB

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Work begins on huge new wind turbine

Work is due to start on a new wind turbine at the RSPB's headquarters at Sandy in Bedfordshire.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The turbine is 100 meters tall so needs to be transported to the RSPB on eight lorries. It could take about two weeks to put up, depending on the weather.

The turbine is expected to generate about two million units of green energy each year, which the charity says is equivalent to half the electricity it uses across all of its 27 locations in the UK.

"In the UK we have the potential to generate a significant portion, if not all of our electricity from sustainable sources. This will take time and it will take investment.

"So I am proud to say the RSPB continues to back words with actions to show we are serious about tackling the threat of climate change with our biggest single renewable energy project yet."

– Martin Harper - Director of Conservation, RSPB

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Red Squirrels rarest animals in wildlife survey

Reds are rare Credit: PA

The results of the world's biggest wildlife survey have been released today.

More than 30,000 people from East Anglia took part in the RSPB's Garden Wildlife survey, the rarest creature was the red squirrel which was seen by less than 1% seeing of those taking part.

The most common - its cousin the grey squirrel

House sparrow tops the list of garden birds in the east

On a cold weekend in January 65,000 people across the East of England took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Now the results have been released by the RSPB and there are a few surprises.

They say that numbers are down slightly, but it could be because our mild winter has meant that some birds have been able to find their food elsewhere in the countryside.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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