Dear Mike Gapes, it’s time to ban driven grouse shooting.

Dear Mike Gapes, I’ve recently signed this UK Parliament petition, along with 17 other Ilford South constituents. The petition was launched just 8 days ago and has already reached almost 70,000 signatures, and is on track to reach the required 100,000 to be considered for a debate. Naturalist and presenter Chris Packham created the [...]

August 21st, 2019|0 Comments

My highlights of Birdfair 2019

Much of my time at Birdfair is focussed on OSME (Ornithological Society of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia) as I’m privileged to be the Chairman, and it is a key event in our annual calendar. However, I do manage to find time to visit other stands, attend a few talks and [...]

August 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Hen Harrier Day 2019: thanks Severn Trent Water

I missed the very first Hen Harrier Day in August 2014 as I was working in Saudi Arabia at the time. I followed the event on social media wishing I could be there - swapping 45C heat to be part of the sodden570 had a certain appeal. I’ve been to Hen Harrier days every [...]

August 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Waitrose takes the lead on lead

July has been a rather good month for those around the world who are keen to see an end to the unnecessary poisoning of wildlife and humans via toxic lead ammunition. California led the way at the start of the month by banning the use of toxic lead ammunition (for hunting wildlife) to help [...]

July 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Scottish Ravens – a general licence to kill?

Scottish Natural Heritage, the statutory conservation body in Scotland, has just launched a consultation on the General Licence in Scotland. This includes looking at the merits of adding the Raven to the General Licence 2, resulting in minimal scrutiny and no reporting. Currently Ravens can be killed by applying for a specific licence, and [...]

July 22nd, 2019|1 Comment

A productive morning

My local patch is Wanstead Flats and Park – for BirdTrack recording, I actually divide it up into three sections – the Flats, the Park and Bush Wood (including the Western Flats). Due to work commitments I’ve not visited the Patch since 25th May, so I thought I’d have an early start this morning [...]

July 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Lead ammunition – well done California

Yesterday saw the banning of the use of lead ammunition for hunting in the state of California. We know that lead is toxic and (in the US & UK) it has been essentially banned in petrol, paint, water-pipes and fishing weights (in the UK) – well done anglers. The last largely unregulated use of [...]

July 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Sociable Lapwing: communicating science in pictures

Since 2005 I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing, initially whilst working for the RSPB and now as a freelance consultant. We’ve learnt a lot about the ecology of the species and what might have caused the population decline during the 1990s and early 2000s. During the breeding [...]

June 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Casual killing: Whose balance is it anyway?

It would be difficult not to have noticed the confusion and ‘outrage’ (an over-used word in my opinion) that has been created by Natural England’s decision to temporarily remove the General Licence, so it can be revised ensuring it’s compatible with the law. This review of licensed casual killing is the result of a [...]

May 9th, 2019|2 Comments

Upcoming talks at the Grant Arms

I’m looking forward to giving two talks next week at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey. Both talks start at 8.30pm, are free and all are welcome to attend. On Monday 13th May: Saving Vultures from Extinction Vultures are a crucial part of the ecosystems that they inhabit. They are spectacular birds that play a [...]

May 7th, 2019|0 Comments