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Licensed Raven killing: Scotland leads the way

Previous blogs on the subject of licensed Raven killing have shown that in England the numbers being legally killed are increasing. See here. Ravens are being killed in Wales to protect livestock and to protect non-native pheasants. See here. In summary the total number of licences issued between January 2014 and July 2018 in [...]

December 11th, 2018|4 Comments

New Networks for Nature: Creating Connections

On Friday I attended the New Networks for Nature conference in Stamford. This year was the 10th Anniversary conference and it was the first time I’d attended, and it certainly won’t be the last. New Networks for Nature is a broad alliance of creators and brings together poets, authors, scientists, film-makers, visual artists, environmentalists, [...]

November 18th, 2018|0 Comments

New research paper on the River Lapwing in Bangladesh

Since 2013 I’ve been working with Sakib Ahmed and Sayam Chowdhury in Bangladesh to survey River Lapwings (Vanellus duvaucelii). There is very little published data on the species yet it is almost certainly declining, indeed it is classified as Near Threatened by BirdLife International, and is considered Endangered within Bangladesh. The global population is [...]

November 9th, 2018|0 Comments

EatWild: You forgot to mention the lead

Yesterday I came across a Tweet that had been promoted on Rosie Woodroffe’s Twitter timeline. It was from an account I’d not come across before – Eat Wild @LetsEatWild The account appears to have been online since August 2018 and has been set up to help us ‘think differently about game’ – different from [...]

November 7th, 2018|0 Comments

My birding diaries 2018: October

The first week of October was spent on Shetland, which had got off to a good start in the last few days of September with Sabine’s Gull and Melodious Warbler. The weather was dominated by strong westerlies and migrants were rather thin on the ground, but there were still a few welcome surprises. A [...]

November 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Some fragments of lead

Last week was International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Since then I’ve come across a number of lead ammunition related snippets that are worth sharing: Fragment 1. Here is a neat video which summarises the key issues around the use of toxic lead ammunition: Otto goes non-toxic There is some accompanying text too which is [...]

November 1st, 2018|3 Comments

International lead poisoning prevention week

This week from the 21st to the 27th October is the international lead poisoning prevention week, which focuses on eliminating lead paint. The week is organised and promoted by various United Nations agencies including UN Environment and the World Health Organisation. You can read more about the initiative here and here. The World Health [...]

October 24th, 2018|1 Comment

My birding diaries 2018: September

The focus for early September was the local patch of Wanstead Flats and a few visits to the Old Sewage Works and Wanstead Park thrown in for good measure. The Red-backed Shrike that had been around since the 28th August, continued to be present in Pub Scrub on the eastern part of Wanstead Flats, [...]

October 10th, 2018|1 Comment

The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife and your MP

For a whole range of reasons, not everyone could take part in the People’s Walk for Wildlife that was held last weekend. But everyone can be part of the journey that will see an improvement in our wildlife and environment – by writing to your MP. As part of the People’s Walk for Wildlife [...]

September 29th, 2018|1 Comment

The #PeoplesWalkForWildlife – the start of a journey

The People’s Walk for Wildlife took place today, Saturday 22nd September. A few thousand people gathered near the Reformer's Tree in Hyde Park London, no doubt for a wide range of reasons, but with one very broad concern – the future of our wildlife and environment. Many species are declining at an alarming rate, [...]

September 22nd, 2018|0 Comments