Upcoming talk: The birds of the Arabian Peninsula

On the 18th February I'll be giving a talk on the Birds of the Arabian Peninsula for the International Association for the Study of Arabia, at the Institute for Archaeology, UCL (WC1H 0PY). The talk will look at the diverse range of birds that breed, migrate through, and winter in the Arabian Peninsula. Arabia [...]

January 17th, 2020|0 Comments

Turtle Doves: and then there were two

When I first started bird watching, during the summer months you were just as likely to see a Turtle Dove as you were a Collared Dove. I doubt there is anywhere in the UK where that could be said today? Whichever time period you look at the numbers are depressing: CBC/BBS in the UK [...]

December 12th, 2019|0 Comments

A New Deal for Nature

A New Deal for Nature was launched yesterday by Caroline Lucas which has a range of policies to protect and restore wildlife and habitats in the UK. From a quick glance, much of what is in the report is also in the Green Party manifesto. Caroline opened the proceedings, chaired by Ellie Chowns MEP, [...]

December 6th, 2019|0 Comments


The RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE Project has just published a rather excellent layperson’s report and a link to it can be found at the foot of the summary on the Skydancer webpages. Unfortunately, it is already out of date. If you look at page 19 of the report and check out the class of [...]

November 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Licensed Raven killing: Scotland continues to lead the way

Scotland continues to lead the way with the issuing of licences to kill Ravens. In 2018 a total of 173 licences were issued allowing for up to 1199 Ravens to be legally killed. This year the number of licences issued has increased to 183 licences but for fewer Ravens – up to 1097 can [...]

November 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Email party leaders – it’s time to #ReThinkHS2

Chris Packham has joined forces with some of the most high profile conservation and environmental organisations in the UK, in a campaign to get the next Government to rethink the HS2 project. It is great to see such a collaboration, and I hope it succeeds, as I fear that we are going to need [...]

November 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Is there a General Election in Ilford South?

Photo credit: downloaded from the Ilford Recorder website.   You must be living on the planet Mars to not realise there is a General Election campaign underway – or maybe in Ilford South! More than a week into the official campaign and we’ve had one leaflet through our door – that of Mike Gapes standing [...]

November 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Raven killing continues to increase in England

Last year I blogged about the numbers of Ravens being killed under licence in England, and despite some data gymnastics from Natural England, their own data clearly showed that there is an increase in the numbers of Ravens being killed. This is despite NE’s statement last year that “there is no increase in activity [...]

November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Wales: a safe haven for Ravens?

Ravens are a conservation success. They have been increasing in both numbers and range in recent decades, much of which is down to a reduction in illegal persecution and also an increase in carrion (in part due to increased sheep numbers). A good overview of these increases is available from the BTO website and [...]

November 14th, 2019|2 Comments

Talk on bird migration: 12th November

I'm looking forward to giving a talk on the wonders of bird migration to the London Bird Club on Tuesday 12th November. The talk is at Burgh House and it is FREE admission. Doors open at 6.00pm, the London Bird Club will hold their AGM at 6.30pm and the talk should start at 7.00pm [...]

November 10th, 2019|0 Comments