18 06, 2018

Culling Ravens is contagious

June 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Ravens are a conservation success. They have been increasing in both numbers and range in recent decades, much of which is down to a reduction in illegal persecution and also an increase in carrion (due to increased sheep numbers). A good overview of these increases is available from the BTO website and in the [...]

8 06, 2018

Talks at the Grant Arms Hotel

June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

I’m looking forward to giving two talks next week at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey. Both talks are free and all are welcome to attend. On Wednesday 13th June: A flyway approach to the conservation of the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing The Sociable Lapwing is a Critically Endangered species that migrates from its breeding [...]

5 06, 2018

Client Raven

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Last year I read a rather excellent book – ClientEarth – by James Thornton and Martin Goodman. It is essentially the story of a group of environmental lawyers, called ClientEarth. It says this on the inside cover: “With Client Earth, we travel from Poland to Ghana, from Alaska to China, to see how citizens [...]

5 06, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: May

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

May was a rather quiet month for my birding in the UK as I was working away in Kazakhstan for much of it. I only managed a few visits in the last week of the month which resulted in 7 complete lists. On the first morning back from Kazakhstan I did my new WeBS [...]

4 06, 2018

Some reflections on the birds of Kazakhstan

June 4th, 2018|3 Comments

I’ve been visiting Kazakhstan since 2005 as part of my previous, and ongoing work on the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing. This year I’ve been helping ACBK the local BirdLife partner undertake surveys of the breeding population that we studied annually between 2005 and 2012 (see the Amazing Journey website for details). Whilst undertaking survey [...]

29 05, 2018

Raven Cull – an international embarrassment?

May 29th, 2018|6 Comments

Ravens are a conservation success story. Despite widespread persecution in the 19th and 20th Centuries, usually at the hands of gamekeepers and shooting interests, the species has since recovered and is generally doing rather well. The BTO Atlas of 2007-11 shows the range is expanding and the numbers increasing too. In the Atlas I [...]

2 05, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: April

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

20 04, 2018

Peak District ‘bird paradise’ under threat

April 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

13 04, 2018

Tattie bye to plastic!!!

April 13th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 04, 2018

Raptor persecution: the silence of simplicity

April 10th, 2018|1 Comment

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 [...]