As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Seagull badges will help safeguard threatened birds

Brighton and Hove Albion’s well known nickname is helping to support a conservation charity.

The Seagulls are backing the RSPB’s popular pin badge scheme used to help raise vital funds for the organisation’s work.

A herring gull badge is being sold with a joint RSPB and Albion limited edition backing card.

The charity says while there has been an increase of gulls in urban areas, overall there have been dramatic declines in some species.

This is particularly the case for herring gulls, which on the coast have fallen by half since 1970.
RSPB south east community fundraiser Lorna Beaumont said: “These badges are a great way to bring in vital funds for wildlife conservation in the south east.

“They also help to highlight that herring gull populations have declined drastically in their natural habitats. We hope that the loyal Albion supporters will also pledge their support for protection of the natural world by proudly wearing one of our badges.”

Albion head of retail Ian Green said: “It is great to be working with the RSPB and helping benefit wildlife in the south east.”

The badges will be available at American Express Community Stadium in Falmer and various sports and retail outlets.

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