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The launch of Wild Justice

Today sees the very welcome launch of Wild Justice, a not-for-profit company set up by TV presenter, photographer and wildlife campaigner Chris Packham CBE, author, blogger and campaigner Dr Mark Avery and blogger, researcher and wildlife campaigner Dr Ruth Tingay. Wild Justice has been established to take legal cases on behalf of wildlife against [...]

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Cairngorms National Park: Ravens not welcome?

In December I blogged about the level of licenced Raven killing in Scotland. The number of licences issued by Scottish Natural Heritage to kill Ravens is in the region of 150 each year and accounts for the legalised killing of in excess of 1000 birds each year. The figures are summarised in the following [...]

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Attitude to Lead: an interesting comparison?

Two news items popped up on my Twitter time line this week which illustrated totally contrasting attitudes to the issue of toxic lead. Firstly, a news item relating to the discovery of elevated lead levels in hand basins at a primary school in Kelso, Scotland. The article on the BBC website is short of [...]

February 7th, 2019|3 Comments

The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife: talk on 30th January

The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife was launched last September by Chris Packham with contributions from many independent conservationists across the UK. I’ll be talking about the manifesto and how you can help make a difference. The topics covered will be diverse and include issues such as urban spaces, toxic lead ammunition, reforming the uplands, [...]

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Mute Swan population increases due to legislation banning toxic lead

If Mute Swans could talk I reckon they would say a huge thank you to the British angling community that in 1987 gave up using toxic lead as fishing weights, albeit through legislation. I say that because a rather excellent scientific research paper has just been published that shows how the legislation banning lead [...]

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

My birding diaries 2018: November and December

The last two months of 2018 were fairly quiet on the UK birding front due to holidays and work trips, so I’ve combined November and December into one short blog post. November got off to a reasonable start with a brief early morning visit to Connaught Water in Epping Forest. I do a WeBS [...]

January 7th, 2019|1 Comment

Talk this week: Sociable Lapwings

If you’d like to learn more about the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing, I’ll be giving a talk this week for the Bromley RSPB Local Group. The talk is on Wednesday 9th January at the Bromley United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, BR1 1RY. Doors open at about 6.30pm and the talk is scheduled to start [...]

January 6th, 2019|0 Comments

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|11 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