this is bbc news — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. the last uk flight to evacuate civilians from afghanistan leaves kabul — the ministry of defence says the final planes to leave will be for diplomatic staff and military personnel. extraordinary job extraordinaryjob to evacuate as many as we have, but i am afraid it is absolutely heartbreaking that we cannot bring everybody out and i think that point has been made very strongly, certainly by the defence secretary and others over the last ten days or so. the us military says a strike by one of its drones has resulted in the deaths of "two high profile" targets, following thursday's attack at kabul airport which killed as many as 170 people. the other main headlines here in the uk: concerns about rising covid infection rates as large crowds are expected to flock to beaches
and festivals over the bank holiday weekend. two world records for the british cycling couple, husband and wife lora and neil fachie, who are amongst seven gb paralympians to win gold today. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the uk's last evacuation flight purely for civilians has left the afghan capital, kabul. the head of the armed forces, general sir nick carter, said it's "heartbreaking" that british troops haven't been able to rescue everybody — he said hundreds of eligible people have been left behind. the american—led airlift of those trying to escape taliban rule
is due to end on tuesday. and in the last few minutes, the us government has issued a statement saying a fresh attack on kabul airport is highly likely in the next 24—36 hours. here's our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley. the race to finish an unprecedented rescue mission is almost done. the pentagon says more than 110,000 people have been airlifted out of the country in the past two weeks by us forces and its allies. among the planes leaving kabul airport today, the last british evacuation flight for civilians. we've done an extraordinaryjob to evacuate as many as we have, but i'm afraid it's absolutely heartbreaking that we can't bring everybody out. and i think that point�*s been made very strongly certainly by the defence secretary and others over the last ten days or so. personally, i've probably had over 100 messages from different afghans who i know in my long association with the country, and many of those friends of mine won't make it out.
and for me, not a day passes without me having a bit of a tear in my eye about all of that. day after day, british personnel have been processing afghans desperate to escape. altogether, nearly 15,000 people have been brought out by the raf — british nationals and afghans who'd worked with the uk, along with theirfamilies. but hundreds have not been able to reach the airport, afghans whose lives are now at grave risk. it's time to close this phase of the operation now, but we haven't forgotten the people who still need to leave. we'll continue to do everything we can to help them. nor have we forgotten the brave, decent people of afghanistan. they deserve to live in peace and security. at raf brize norton this morning, british personnel arriving back on uk soil. we're told the last military flight will have left kabul. the last soldiers and diplomats will be out.
over the past 20 years, more than 100,000 troops served in afghanistan. a56 british lives were lost. the mission began by ousting the taliban from their power, but ends in a rush to get home on a timetable dictated by the militants. caroline hawley, bbc news. 0ur correspondent nomia iqbal is in washington. president biden we are told that saying that he has been informed by military commanders that another attack on kabul airport is highly likely. what more detail can you give us? likely. what more detail can you cive us? , ., ., likely. what more detail can you cive us? , . ., , ., give us? yes, he gave a statement earlier today _ give us? yes, he gave a statement earlier today and _ give us? yes, he gave a statement earlier today and was _ give us? yes, he gave a statement earlier today and was actually - earlier today and was actually giving a briefing on another issue but of course afghanistan is still an ongoing crisis here and he was asked about that strike that happened last night confirming the details of that, but he also said that the strike was not the last. he
said i will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay and he said his commanders had informed him an attack is highly likely in the next 24 to 36 hours. last week, on wednesday, there was this alert made about an wednesday, there was this alert made aboutan imminent wednesday, there was this alert made about an imminent attack and we sort those horrific scenes on thursday, so they are taking this incredibly seriously. —— we saw those horrific scenes. they are continuing to get civilians out of the country, because it has made the omission is even more dangerous because at the same time you have the us embassy telling civilians not to go to the ipod, but they are still confident they can get people out on time. —— not to go to the airport. they are conscious of this ongoing risk and mr biden has not ruled out striking isis k again. we mr biden has not ruled out striking isis k again-— mr biden has not ruled out striking isis k again-— isis k again. we saw isis k exploited _ isis k again. we saw isis k exploited the _ isis k again. we saw isis k exploited the situation - isis k again. we saw isis k exploited the situation at| isis k again. we saw isis k - exploited the situation at kabul airport on thursday, the suicide bomber mingling with the huge crowds
at there. it emphasises the volatility of the situation there when governments have this intelligence, yet seem unable to stop any attack. intelligence, yet seem unable to step any attack-— intelligence, yet seem unable to stop any attack. that is right. we have seen _ stop any attack. that is right. we have seen the _ stop any attack. that is right. we have seen the footage _ stop any attack. that is right. we have seen the footage coming i stop any attack. that is right. we l have seen the footage coming out stop any attack. that is right. we . have seen the footage coming out of the country, we habitually have our correspondence on the ground, there is no real organisation going on, it is no real organisation going on, it is hard for troops to make sense of what is happening on the ground, but he did say, and again from his statement, that he has directed commanders to try and take every measure possible to prioritise the protection of men and women on the ground. butjust to add, just this hour we were given at the full names and ages of the 13 service people that died, the us service people that died, the us service people that died, the us service people that died in kabul, most in their early 20s, all where children when the patient in afghanistan has begun and that is a real gut punch here in america. —— they were all children
when it began. america. -- they were all children when it isesam— well, those who were eligible to leave but have been left behind must now decide whether to stay in afghanistan and live under taliban rule, or try to find other ways of fleeing the country. 0ur correspondent secunder kermani reports from kabul. 0utside kabul airport warning shots ring out. since thursday's awful suicide bombing by the local branch of the islamic state group, the crowds here have grown smaller, but some still remain, desperate to get out of the country. tens of thousands have been evacuated. these afghans escorted by the taliban. others, however, are being left behind... ..like this pizza shop ownerfrom essex. he'd travelled to kabul to help try
and take his afghan national wife and young children home. i got in yesterday, and they said stay away from the airport and stay in a safe place. and today, i was calling, but nobody answered. elsewhere in kabul, the city remains unusually quiet. the is attack has left many fearing they could be further bloodshed. the united states today said it killed two key is operatives in a drone strike in the east of the country. everyday life in kabul is growing increasingly difficult. with banks closed for nearly two weeks now, this is one of the handful of cash machines still working. we are not begging the bank staff to give us money. this is our own money to get — but we have family, we have children. if we don't have money, how should i prepare bread for my family?
translation: when i see what has become of the country, _ i feel it is impossible to live here. - everything is becoming more expensive, i feel| like i am suffocating. the taliban swept into kabul unexpectedly easily, but governing this city and the rest of the country is likely to be a far bigger challenge. the group says it will take time for lives to stabilise. one of the few businesses not complaining, this taliban member selling flags. others are still anxiously waiting to see what life under their rule will look like. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. the latest coronavirus figures from the government show there were 32,406 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means, on average, there were 34,226 new cases per day in the last week.
133 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, with an average of 112 deaths a day in the past week. 0n vaccinations, 88.2% of adults in the uk have now had their firstjab and 78.2%, have had both doses now. with large crowds expected to flock to beaches and festivals over the bank holiday weekend, there are concerns about rising covid infection rates. public health officials in some areas are calling on holiday makers to take lateral flow tests before travelling. phillip norton reports from scarborough. ice creams and sand castles. with a strong message of hands, face, space, and take a test. the temperature was well into the 20s in scarborough today. the first bank holiday weekend in england since coronavirus restrictions were lifted. i've got one vaccination — you're doubled, aren't you?
yeah. we take all the precautions we can. but we know the sun's good for everybody, so it's nice to be out and about. like many areas, north yorkshire council has asked visitors to take a lateral flow test before coming to results. —— coming to resorts. and if they found they were busy, to consider going elsewhere. but in the south—west of england, that message has been taken even further. infection rates in devon and cornwall have spiked, and with a number of festivals taking place and a busy holiday season, extra government support and testing is being provided from monday. elsewhere, thousands of music fans are enjoying the reading and leeds festivals, where there is also a chance to grab a jab. we want to take every opportunity to get as many people vaccinated as possible. especially at the moment, we're targeting the younger age group and where better than to come to a place like this, where the majority of the population is under 20, under 30? festival fun and busy beaches.
health officials are hoping the stay safe message has been taken on board. phillip norton, bbc news, scarborough. coronavirus plans for schools in england have been described as "a recipe for chaos" by education unions, who say they will not be enough to prevent a rise in infections. the government said it has updated its advice on how to respond to an outbreak with minimum disruption to education. china has rejected accusations from president biden that it withheld key information about how the coronavirus pandemic started. a report by us intelligence came to no firm conclusion as to where the virus originated but did say that china had hindered the investigations. china said it had been open and transparent and the us report lacked scientific credibility. hurricane ida has intensified over the warm waters of the gulf of mexico as it heads for the us coast.
tens of thousands of people in louisiana have fled for safety. some roads are at a virtual standstill. the us national hurricane center says ida is likely to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it makes landfall in louisiana. a short time ago, president biden asked the people of louisiana to be ready for the storm. we have prepositioned food, water, generators and other supplies in the area. power restoration and mobile communication and support teams are also on route. we have also closely coordinated with the electric utilities to restore power as soon as possible and support your response and recovery efforts. and above all, i am urging the people of the area to pay attention and be prepared. i want to say it again, pay attention and be prepared. joining me now is sarah keith—lucas from the bbc weather centre.
where is hurricane ida right now and is it likely to make a direct hit on new orleans? ﬁst is it likely to make a direct hit on new orleans?— is it likely to make a direct hit on new orleans? �* ., , ., ., new orleans? at the moment is around about 300 miles _ new orleans? at the moment is around about 300 miles south _ new orleans? at the moment is around about 300 miles south of _ new orleans? at the moment is around about 300 miles south of the _ new orleans? at the moment is around about 300 miles south of the north - about 300 miles south of the north coast of the gulf of mexico, so we have seen that over the past 24 hours or so which made lungful in cuba so had wins at that point at a roundabout 80 must power as it swept across cuba. it is fast moving, rapidly intensifying as it moves north was. what it is doing is moving over warm waters in the gulf of mexico and as you were saying, it is moving fairly close to new orleans. at the moment, the forecast 0rleans. at the moment, the forecast track of this storm is moving its way north—westward is so likely to make landfall out to the west of new orleans at the moment, but force 0rleans at the moment, but force cast tracks can change. the orleans at the moment, but force cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the — cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the city _ cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the city as _ cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the city as it _ cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the city as it is _ cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the city as it is at _ cast tracks can change. the reason i mention the city as it is at 16 - mention the city as it is at 16 years ago this weekend that we saw hurricane katrina which caused flooding of about 80% of the city, more than 1800 people killed. are we talking about a similar strength, similar capacity for damage with this hurricane? let me bring this
line in from the louisiana governor who has just said line in from the louisiana governor who hasjust said hurricane ida is expected to be eight category four hurricane will stop that is right, so it will have wins at a hurricane will stop that is right, so it will have wins of a roundabout hundred 30 — so it will have wins of a roundabout hundred 30 must _ so it will have wins of a roundabout hundred 30 must power. _ so it will have wins of a roundabout hundred 30 must power. to - so it will have wins of a roundabout hundred 30 must power. to put - so it will have wins of a roundaboutl hundred 30 must power. to put that into context, hurricane katrina had 175 must power, aided did weaken a bit as it went inland. hurricane ida is not as big and the storm surge expected is not quite as large, so we saw a storm surge of around about 20 feet with katrina back in 2005. this storm is excited to have at its worst storm surge of about 15 feet and the areas expected to be affected from morgan city all the way to the mouth of the mississippi river. to way to the mouth of the mississippi river. ., ., .., way to the mouth of the mississippi river. ., ., .. _ river. to what extent can we say climate change _ river. to what extent can we say climate change will _ river. to what extent can we say climate change will lead - river. to what extent can we say climate change will lead to - river. to what extent can we say climate change will lead to more| climate change will lead to more hurricane is an stronger hurricane is? ., , hurricane is an stronger hurricane is? . , ., . .,
is? that is something that climate scientists are _ is? that is something that climate scientists are really _ is? that is something that climate scientists are really researching, l scientists are really researching, that link between our warming world and have is is uncertain, but what we can say for sure is warmer air holds more moisture and warmer sea surfaces do create some more intense hurricanes. there is not necessarily going to be more hurricanes in terms of the number we see per season, but more intense hurricane is and we are likely to see more category four and category five hurricanes developing. 0k, thank you very much. the scottish green party will enter government after its membership overwhelmingly backed a power—sharing agreement with the snp. this approval means the deal — which promises action on transport, renewables and tenants' rights — will now be put into action. both parties also want another independence referendum. 0ur scotland political correspondent david wallace lockhart reports. the scottish green co—leader is all smiles after their membership gave a power—sharing agreement with the snp overwhelming approval. this power-sharing agreement with the snp overwhelming approval.— overwhelming approval. this makes for an 8396 approval _
overwhelming approval. this makes for an 8396 approval vote _ overwhelming approval. this makes for an 8396 approval vote and - overwhelming approval. this makes for an 8396 approval vote and we - overwhelming approval. this makes for an 8396 approval vote and we do| for an 83% approval vote and we do not expect that percentage to change. not expect that percentage to chan . e. not expect that percentage to chance. ., , ., ., not expect that percentage to chance. .., . , . ., , change. the co-leaders are now set to ioecome — change. the co-leaders are now set to become scottish _ change. the co-leaders are now set to become scottish government - to become scottish government ministers. we to become scottish government ministers. ~ ., ., ., ., ministers. we are not in parliament 'ust to ministers. we are not in parliament just to shout _ ministers. we are not in parliament just to shout insults _ ministers. we are not in parliament just to shout insults or _ ministers. we are not in parliament just to shout insults or try - ministers. we are not in parliament just to shout insults or try and - just to shout insults or try and score — just to shout insults or try and score points. we are there to help solve _ score points. we are there to help solve problems and to make a difference and i think this will be more _ difference and i think this will be more of— difference and i think this will be more of the same, developing a cooperative programme ofjoint cooperative programme of joint policy— cooperative programme of joint policy to— cooperative programme ofjoint policy to make a difference to the lives _ policy to make a difference to the lives of _ policy to make a difference to the lives of people in scotland and start _ lives of people in scotland and start to — lives of people in scotland and start to take serious action on the climate _ start to take serious action on the climate crisis.— start to take serious action on the climate crisis. ., .,, , , climate crisis. though most members likel deal, climate crisis. though most members likely deal. not _ climate crisis. though most members likely deal, not all— climate crisis. though most members likely deal, not all are _ climate crisis. though most members likely deal, not all are sold _ climate crisis. though most members likely deal, not all are sold on - climate crisis. though most members likely deal, not all are sold on it - likely deal, not all are sold on it was not the main reason i voted was because of local authorities, i'm a local councillor and was really concerned— local councillor and was really concerned . , ., ., concerned that this deal did not have enough — concerned that this deal did not have enough in _ concerned that this deal did not have enough in it _ concerned that this deal did not have enough in it to _ concerned that this deal did not have enough in it to try - concerned that this deal did not have enough in it to try and - concerned that this deal did not. have enough in it to try and ensure that local authority budgets and services were protected. however, i hope the party leadership has got that message. hope the party leadership has got that message-— that message. opposition parties sound even _ that message. opposition parties sound even more _ that message. opposition parties sound even more sceptical. - that message. opposition parties sound even more sceptical. thisl that message. opposition parties| sound even more sceptical. this is 'ust sound even more sceptical. this is just confirming — sound even more sceptical. this is just confirming what _ sound even more sceptical. this is just confirming what we _ sound even more sceptical. this is just confirming what we already i just confirming what we already know. _ just confirming what we already know, the greens worked with the snp, _ know, the greens worked with the snp, it— know, the greens worked with the snp, it is—
know, the greens worked with the snp, it is a — know, the greens worked with the snp, it is a continuation of that. this— snp, it is a continuation of that. this is— snp, it is a continuation of that. this is a — snp, it is a continuation of that. this is a cynical deal in which the nationalist — this is a cynical deal in which the nationalist parties _ this is a cynical deal in which the nationalist parties are _ this is a cynical deal in which the | nationalist parties are prioritising their obsession _ nationalist parties are prioritising their obsession with— nationalist parties are prioritising their obsession with separation . nationalist parties are prioritising i their obsession with separation over their obsession with separation over the things— their obsession with separation over the things that — their obsession with separation over the things that we _ their obsession with separation over the things that we should _ their obsession with separation over the things that we should be - their obsession with separation over| the things that we should be looking out, so _ the things that we should be looking out, so our— the things that we should be looking out, so our economic— the things that we should be looking out, so our economic and _ the things that we should be looking out, so our economic and social- out, so our economic and social recovery— out, so our economic and social recovery and _ out, so our economic and social recovery and indeed _ out, so our economic and social recovery and indeed the - out, so our economic and socialj recovery and indeed the climate emergency _ recovery and indeed the climate emergency ihull— recovery and indeed the climate emergency-— recovery and indeed the climate emeruen . �* , ., emergency. but the parties involved are on board. _ emergency. but the parties involved are on board, with _ emergency. but the parties involved are on board, with snp— emergency. but the parties involved are on board, with snp members. emergency. but the parties involved i are on board, with snp members also signalling an emphatic support. this deal will not be put into action on these two will enter government. —— will now be put into action. the royal college of nursing says its annual congress will be held online—only, after serious allegations of sexual harassment emerged. it says making its meeting a virtual event is the best way to safeguard its members. simon jones is here. the royal college represents almost half a million nurses, health care workers, nursing students and health are professionals. healthcare professionals. now, they were due to gather around 200 of them in person for its annual congress in liverpool — a three day event that was due to take place next month. now, they discussed things such
as the coronavirus pandemic. they were due to discuss the effect of long covid, the effect it has on healthcare workers. but we've now been told that event has been cancelled and it will be online only. the reason that has been given are serious allegations of sexual harassment. i spoke to the rcn. they didn't want to give any further details about how widespread these allegations were, who exactly might be involved. but they have told us in a statement they've taken these allegations very seriously, they've reacted promptly, as soon as they were made aware of these allegations. they say they needed to do that to protect the delegates who were due to attend the event, and they also say they're going to carry out a widespread review as part of their cultural change. food producers are warning that worker shortages caused by a perfect storm of issues including brexit changes and the pandemic, could threaten availability at christmas.
the government is facing growing calls for a temporary visa scheme to try to fill the gap. our business correspondent katy austin reports. preparing these turkeys for christmas involves 100 extra workers who used to come in from eastern europe. because of brexit, we don't have that guaranteed labour that we've had for the past 30 years. the bigger companies that supply all the supermarkets, they had made the decision to cut their production by between 20% and 25%, which is huge. so, there will absolutely be a shortage of quality british turkeys. other areas of food production are also having problems. a shortage of meat processors has caused a backlog of pigs on farms. the government is basically saying that furlough is coming to an end at the end of september, so you can have all of those people and that will resolve your issues. now, those people aren't living in areas where the manufacturing plants are, they don't have the right skills, and i suspect a lot of them wouldn't want to go and work
in food manufacturing plants. food industry trade bodies warn there's now a chronic labour shortage across the whole supply chain. this business grows, imports and distributes fresh fruit and veg. there's everything here from carrots to pomegranates, and a lot of it ends up in high street restaurants. but here at this distribution centre, they're 20% short of staff. i we are definitely going to start. seeing more supermarket shelves empty, restaurant plates empty. and then, the big concern ongoing from that is christmas. _ he supports calls for a temporary visa scheme to bring in food workers and lorry drivers from europe. isn't it more important to build a sustainable workforce from within the uk, and ultimately pay them more? i'm more than happy to do that. but if the era of cheap labour is over, so tool is the era of cheap food. the government says the supply chain is resilient and it wants to see employers invest in the domestic workforce.
but some firms are getting increasingly worried about their ability to keep our shelves and plates full. katy austin, bbc news. plans to ban single—use plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups in england have just been announced to help tackle plastic pollution. the measures will be considered in a public consultation this autumn, with scotland, wales and northern ireland having similar plans. here's our political correspondent nick eardley. this is our bamboo set... is this the future of eating on the go? paris sells bamboo cutlery across the uk. we are still working with bamboo and hemp. sustainable items which he hopes are part of the answer to reducing plastic consumption. what do you think about the idea of banning plastic cutlery? yeah, i will vote for anybody who will ban it. i think plastic is everywhere. look, we cannot get rid of plastic completely, but there are definitely certain areas where we can improve. this is the problem —
plastic in oceans around the world, deadly for a number of species. campaigners have been urging the government to act. the reality is that, you know, we are really facing an environmental crisis. 0ur oceans are full of plastic and they're killing marine life and they're damaging our ecosystem. banning these items is going to contribute to stopping plastic pollution. we need the government to go much, much, much further. we're facing a plastics crisis and we need to turn off the tap. and this is what ministers want to ban — single—use plastic cutlery and plates. it's all part of a strategy from the government to try and get rid of what it calls "avoidable plastic waste" by 2042, but — so far anyway — there's no mention of things like this, plastic coffee cups, and some want ministers to go further. there will now be a consultation, but it could be another 18 months before a ban becomes law. friends of the earth say faster,
more radical action is needed. we need government to take an overall approach, - to say that what we're going to do is bring an end to all plastic- pollution and what we're going to do is drastically reduce the amount - of all single—use products, not just a fork followed - by a spoon followed by a cup. we're trying to be sustainable... paris hopes increased awareness and reduced cost will make alternatives to plastic more popular. if we came to your house for dinner, we'd all be eating with bamboo cutlery? i will give you bamboo cutlery — no plastic in my house. nick eardley, bbc news. it's been the most successful day of the games so far for great britain at the paralympics in tokyo. the team have won seven gold medals, including a dramatic double for a golden couple in the velodrome. andy swiss's report contains some flashing images. meet british sport's new golden couple — neil and lora fachie, husband and wife, and gold medallists within 20 minutes of each other.
first, neil and tandem pilot matt rotherham took the time trial in a new world record, before lora and her pilot corrine hall produced a display of pursuit perfection. what a story, what a ride! a case of same surname, same outcome. for the couple, who are both visually impaired, a remarkable feat. she told me she was crying, and i had to admit that i was too. but, yeah, i mean, we sort of planned for this, but you never really expect it to all come together like that. and the gold rush continued. jaco van gass, jody cundy and kadeena cox in the mixed team sprint. they were trailing china, but somehow cundy turned it round. can he claw it back? oh, yes, he can! oh, it's unbelievable! it's been some games for britain's track cyclists. they've won six gold medals in total. and tonight, over at the athletics stadium, others were following their example. in the 100 metres, a new star was born.
21—year—old thomas young winning gold on his paralympic debut. there was also gold in the women's100. sophie hahn once again showing her brilliance on the biggest stage. in the pool, there was gold for the mixed relay team, and another for maisie summers—newton — just 19, but already a double paralympic champion. but the celebration of the day belonged to will bayley. the former strictly competitor showing some less than fancy footwork, but he's into the table tennis final — just imagine what he'll do if he wins it. andy swiss, bbc news, tokyo. england's cricketers have pulled off a stunning victory in the third test against india. they took eight wickets this morning to win by an innings and 76 runs, and level the series 1—1. here's adam wild. in leeds, they came ready for a carnival. what they got, in fact, was a procession. history tells us to expect
the unexpected at headingley. england here springing the surprises. cheteshwar pujara didn't seem to see that coming. 0llie robinson and england up and running. pujara gone for 91, but the big prize was that of virat kohli. he had passed 50 but couldn't get past the waiting hands ofjoe root. robinson wreaking havoc — so too england's more established names. this wasjimmy anderson undoing ajinkya rahane. moeen ali offering a quick break from the quick bowling, no less deadly. but the morning belonged to robinson. this saw off ishant sharma, his fifth wicket. craig 0verton delivering the knockout blows. headingley had expected a day of drama. what it got was a morning masterclass. adam wild, bbc news. lots of us enjoy feeding the birds in our gardens but are we doing more harm than good with bird feeders? new evidence suggests that supplementary feeding could disrupt a delicate ecological balance beyond our windowsills and gardens. 0ur science correspondent
victoria gill reports. a welcome dose of nature on our doorsteps, window ledges and in our gardens. in the uk, we spend more than £250 million every year on food for our feathered friends — but there's a limited number of familiar resident species that eat the thousands of tonnes of peanuts, seeds and suet that we put out for the birds. and scientists now say that this constant supply of supplementary food could have boosted the population of those species at the expense of others. an ongoing rise in the population of great tits and blue tits, for example, could be costly for some of the birds that we don't often see in our gardens. 0ur worry as ecologists is that by providing, sort of, unlimited food for species like blue and great tits, we impact upon the species which compete with blue and great tits. so, there are two other species of tits, which many people might not have heard of. 0ne's called a marsh tit, another�*s called the willow tit, and both of them are amongst
the fastest declining birds in the uk. and, sort of, blue and great tits are species that we call dominant species, whereas marsh and willow tits are subordinate species. so, basically in battles for food and nest sites, it's the blue and great tits that come out on top. more research is needed to understand whether and where we should be providing extra food for wild birds. in cities, for example, the lack of other natural food sources means that species like house sparrows have come to depend on feeders. but something these scientists say might do more ecological good is if those of us who are lucky enough to have gardens let them grow wild and plant native fruits and berries. creating our own little piece of habitat, they say, could help provide a haven for many more species than hanging out a bird feeder. victoria gill, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith—lucas. good evening. the settled, dry theme
to the weather continues really for the next week or so, so things not changing in a hurry, just subtle changes in terms of cloud amount and temperature. this was the picture on the isle of wight on saturday, and sunday brings us more of the same. again, it's looking dry with spells of sunshine, but what we are seeing in a moment is more cloud working in from the north. so, through tonight, it'll be clouding over for scotland, northern ireland and parts of northern england, too. further south across england and wales, clearer skies and it's here that temperatures will fall lowest first thing sunday. could be the odd misty patch around first thing. through the day, best of any sunshine will be across the southern half of the uk, generally cloudier further north. still quite a brisk breeze down the east coast, particularly for east anglia and for the southeast as well. temperatures between about 15 in aberdeen to 21 in cardiff on sunday. no great changes to monday, which is a bank holiday for much of the uk, not everywhere. we have got quite a lot of cloud, i think, for many areas on monday. best of any sunshine to be found towards the west, and temperatures around about 15—21 degrees. bye for now.