Uncategorized

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

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