6 02, 2018

Thought provoking Hen Harriers: compare and contrast

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Last November and December I sent cards designed by Findlay Wilde to a range of people who I thought could and should do more for Hen Harriers (see here). I had a number of replies, some good, some not so good, and one that has turned out to be pretty pathetic (see here). Amongst [...]

5 02, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: January

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

During 2018 I’m going to write a short monthly summary of the birds I’ve seen, where I’ve been birding and any relevant highlights and thoughts. I use the BTO’s BirdTrack to keep a record of the birds I see (BirdTrack is organised by the BTO as a partnership of the BTO, RSPB, BirdWatch Ireland, [...]

31 01, 2018

Two upcoming talks

January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

I’m looking forward to giving two talks next week: On Thursday 8th February I’ll be at the RSPB Central London Members Group talking about the “Conservation of the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing.” The Sociable Lapwing migrates from its breeding grounds in central Asia to the wintering areas of the Middle East, north-east Africa, Pakistan [...]

20 01, 2018

A Tale of Two Moors

January 20th, 2018|0 Comments

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness……” The opening lines of one of [...]

12 01, 2018

Hen Harriers: words are still not enough

January 12th, 2018|1 Comment

There aren’t very many breeding Hen Harriers in England and not nearly enough across the UK as a whole. There are however, lots of words. Last December, inspired by Findlay Wilde, I sent a Hen Harrier card to 9 people representing organisations that I thought could, and should, do more for the wonderful Skydancer. [...]

3 01, 2018

One Gull and his travels

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Migration and bird movement can be fascinating (at least to me anyway). The tracking of birds and other animals has been revolutionised in recent years due to rapid advances in tracking technology. Individuals can be tracked over several migration cycles and the information gleaned is transforming our understanding of what we need to do [...]

2 01, 2018

My 2017 birding year in numbers

January 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

I started 2017 with a rather ambitious, yet ultimately forlorn hope of seeing 300 different species of birds in the UK. I failed dismally, largely due to work commitments which meant being out of the UK at key times of the birding year. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable year, there were good birding days [...]

12 12, 2017

Harry the Buzzard and a curious case of lead poisoning

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

An interesting case of lead poisoning in a Common Buzzard in Northern Ireland caught my eye this afternoon thanks to a Tweet by Eimear Rooney @EimearRooney1. The news story was reported in the Fermanagh Herald under the headline ‘Harry the buzzard goes back to the wild’. Two lead pellets were found inside the buzzard [...]

11 12, 2017

Blue Planet 2: our Plastic Planet?

December 11th, 2017|0 Comments

I’ve really enjoyed Blue Planet 2, for me it started slowly but reached a superb finale last night. It goes without saying that these big set piece BBC Natural History Unit productions are visually stunning and awe-inspiring. But with Blue Planet 2 there have been two extra factors which have really impressed me, both [...]

7 12, 2017

Help support BirdLife to #BanLead

December 7th, 2017|3 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 [...]