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Swallows and dividends

I blogged about this a few weeks back and since then the whole issue of the use of netting to stop birds from nesting has gone viral (NOT because of my blog I hasten to add!). Kate Blincoe (@Kateblincoe) and High Ash Farm (@HighAshFarm) should take much of the credit for this (at least [...]

April 10th, 2019|0 Comments

White-tailed Eagles vs Pheasants: spot the difference

I noticed two stories on my Twitter feed today that epitomises the state of nature conservation in the UK. One relates to the very welcome news that Natural England have licenced the reintroduction of the White-tailed Eagle to the Isle of Wight. The other story is of an investigation into the introduction of non-native [...]

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Giant Tesco and the Tiny Swallow

Despite the rather unsettled weather, spring is definitely in the air. In just a matter of weeks migrating birds will be making their way back to the UK, and wintering birds will be heading to the Arctic. The annual migration that some of our most loved birds take is often rather hard to comprehend. Take [...]

March 15th, 2019|6 Comments

Collaboration and conservation, and a new kind of politics?

I don’t usually blog about politics, but here goes. Last week I read an excellent article on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation project. I had a very minor part in this project a few years ago when I was at the RSPB, and it is great to see the conservation of the Critically Endangered Spoonie [...]

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

MasterChef, grouse and toxic lead

MasterChef on the BBC reached the quarter final stage last week apparently. I don’t watch the programme but I was sent two emails asking me if I’d seen it – “they’re doing game meat and a guy gets a mouthful of lead shot!” Contestants had to produce “one dish showcasing Game” – a challenge set [...]

February 19th, 2019|0 Comments

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