7 12, 2017

Help support BirdLife to #BanLead

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Lead is a well-known toxic substance. It has largely been banned from petrol, paint and water-pipes around the world, and some countries such as the UK, restrict the use of lead as fishing-weights. However, the use of lead ammunition remains widespread despite its well known toxicity to wildlife, especially birds (and indeed humans!). The [...]

30 11, 2017

The Amazing Journeys of Maysa

November 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Satellite tracking of individual birds is a scientific tool that can lead to a greater understanding of populations that in turn result in targeted conservation actions. The RSPB and ACBK have been tagging and studying Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwings since 2007 and a huge amount has been learned about their general migration routes. One [...]

29 11, 2017

Science communication – a game-changer?

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Yesterday was a thought-provoking day. A clash between the old and the new – I exaggerate a little! I attended two science communication events yesterday, for simplicity let’s call them conferences. The first conference I attended on several occasions; the first time on the 16.49 train from Ilford to London Liverpool Street. I ‘listened’ [...]

26 11, 2017

Toxic Lead Ammunition and Great British Game Week

November 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Last week it was Great British Game Week, and the organisers used the hashtag #GBGameWeek to promote the consumption of game meat to a wider audience. In principle there is nothing wrong with that of course. Some social media users also used the #GBGameWeek to ask questions and raise awareness of what might be [...]

21 11, 2017

Not all Red Kites are flying so high: must be all that lead?

November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Thanks to Raptor Persecution UK for blogging about a recently published peer-reviewed scientific paper that looks at the impact of poisoning on reintroduced Red Kites in England. Credit to the authors and publishers for making the full paper freely available (see here). Although as a number of the authors are from agencies funded by [...]

15 11, 2017

A Trillion Trees

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Last night I attended the launch of the Trillion Trees partnership, a collaboration between three of the world’s largest and most influential conservation organisations, BirdLife International, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and WWF. The overarching aim is to help end deforestation and restore tree cover – a laudable aim, but given the continuing decline [...]

13 11, 2017

Birdcrime: report, respond, action?

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

It has been almost two weeks since the RSPB released their Birdcrime report for 2016. It didn’t (and still doesn’t) make pretty reading. Our glorious birds of prey continue to be illegally killed and staggeringly no-one is being prosecuted. After the report was released, there was plenty of reaction from social media, condemning the [...]

8 11, 2017

Hen Harriers: words are not enough

November 8th, 2017|2 Comments

You may have seen, and contributed too, Findlay Wilde’s creative and thought provoking initiative regarding Hen Harriers. You can read more about Findlay’s determined work on Hen Harriers via his excellent blog and by following him on Twitter @WildeAboutBirds. As so often with Findlay he inspires others to do more. The word image (above) [...]

6 11, 2017

Ban Toxic Lead Ammunition petition: 2 years on……

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

It has been two years since I started a UK Government petition to ban the use of toxic lead ammunition (two years and two days to be precise). You can read the full text of the petition and the response from the Government here. I was never under any illusion that the petition would [...]

2 11, 2017

Birdcrime

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Yesterday (1st November) was a good day. My Twitter feed was full of Tweets about birdcrime, at times it seemed like every other message had some sort of birdcrime related statistic or an image of a raptor whose life had been illegally cut short. Why? Yesterday the RSPB released the annual Birdcrime report, see [...]