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 [...]

4 04, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: March

April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

2 04, 2018

The slow death of Wanstead’s Exaltation of Skylarks

April 2nd, 2018|9 Comments

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). [...]

22 03, 2018

Birdwatch special issue: wildlife crime

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

21 03, 2018

Spoonie, Sonadia and a Sacred Combe

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

14 03, 2018

Lead ammunition is poisoning Vultures

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

9 03, 2018

The Fishing Cat of Baikka Beel

March 9th, 2018|1 Comment

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 [...]

1 03, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: February

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Despite the initial optimism for February, the month has been a bit slow birding wise, work has got in the way. Just 14 complete lists from 8 different locations made up the month of February, with a rather poor 96 different species from 415 records. The month did get off to a flying start with [...]