Setting up the plots

Over the last month, the BEFTA team has been working hard to finish surveying and setting up the plots. This is now complete and marks the end of the first, and perhaps most-important, stage of the project. Key to this was choosing areas that were similar to each other in…

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A cuckoo’s nest

One of the most distinctive and common birds in the plantation is the Greater Caucal (Centropus sinensis). These dapper birds, with jet black bodies and russet wings, resemble ungainly crows but are actually a member of the cuckoo family. I often see adults foraging for insects among the palm fronds…

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