RSPB calls for action to save Cuddy’s Duck
The RSPB is calling for better protection for Northumberland’s emblematic bird, the eider duck, 1,300 years after St Cuthbert introduced the first laws to help the seabird.
Also known as Cuddy’s duck - after St Cuthbert – it’s believed eiders inspired the saint to create the world’s first conservation legislation in the eighth century, apparently decreeing that no one should eat or disturb those nesting on the Northumberland coast.
More than a millennium later, eiders remain a cause for conservation concern. They are declining throughout Europe as a result of hunting, pollution and... read more
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