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My birding diaries 2018: April

Spring migration got well underway during the month, but I seem to have missed most of it! Work commitments limited birding opportunities to the first few weeks of the month and the last cold, wet and windy weekend. Early April was surprisingly slow even when the conditions seemed suitable for an influx. The focus [...]

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Peak District ‘bird paradise’ under threat

BirdLife International have just done a review of global IBAs and listed those most under threat. Important Bird Areas, now known as Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, but fortunately still known by the original acronym - IBAs, are a global assessment of the parts of the world most important for birds – they are [...]

April 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Tattie bye to plastic!!!

Well done RSPB! Back in January my RSPB magazine arrived on my doormat. It was wrapped in plastic as so many magazines are nowadays. I have to admit I didn’t really give that a second thought. Then I started to read the said magazine and came across an article on seabirds. Basically the short [...]

April 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Raptor persecution: the silence of simplicity

Sometimes I do wonder if we make conservation more difficult than it really has to be. The solutions can often be simple, although not always. In the UK I think we often make conservation more complicated than it sometimes needs to be. We’re not talking about poor villagers in conflict with lions predating livestock [...]

April 10th, 2018|1 Comment

My birding diaries 2018: March

March was a confusing month. We started with a harsh winter cold snap, aka the Beast from the East, some sporadic spring sunshine accompanied by singing Chiffchaffs, territorial Skylarks and displaying Sparrowhawks, and the start of British Summer Time accompanied by cloud and rain. I managed to escape the confusion for 10 days with [...]

April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The slow death of Wanstead’s Exaltation of Skylarks

In the 1800s Skylarks used to be sold in London’s Leadenhall Market by the tens of thousands. “Lark-eating, which revolts us even more than Wheatear eating, is alas! too common and wide-spread in the country to be suppressed…..It will not soon be ended” (from William Henry Hudson quoted in The Skylark by Paul Donald). [...]

April 2nd, 2018|9 Comments

Birdwatch special issue: wildlife crime

Birdwatch is the leading UK monthly magazine for birdwatchers, and this month it’s leading the way in raising awareness about wildlife crime, especially against birds of prey. There is a guest editorial from the one and only Chris Packham “….the birds that we cherish and want to protect are dying” The section known as [...]

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Spoonie, Sonadia and a Sacred Combe

A Sacred Combe by Simon Barnes is one of my favourite books of the last few years, essentially it is a personal view of what makes places special. Everyone has their favourite Sacred Combe, I have many. One of them is a rather special place called Sonadia Island, near Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh. Now [...]

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Lead ammunition is poisoning Vultures

Scientific research published today has shown that toxic lead ammunition used by big game hunters in Africa is poisoning endangered African Vultures. This is yet another study that highlights the need for lead ammunition to be banned and replaced with non-toxic alternatives. For an excellent summary of the research and the issues around the [...]

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

The Fishing Cat of Baikka Beel

The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is widely distributed in south and south-east Asia from Pakistan in the west to Cambodia in the east. As its name suggests it is associated with wetlands, and thus is localised across its range. In Bangladesh the species appears to be relatively widespread due to the occurrence of various [...]

March 9th, 2018|1 Comment