14 01, 2019

Mute Swan population increases due to legislation banning toxic lead

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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 [...]

7 01, 2019

My birding diaries 2018: November and December

January 7th, 2019|1 Comment

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 [...]

6 01, 2019

Talk this week: Sociable Lapwings

January 6th, 2019|0 Comments

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 [...]

11 12, 2018

Licensed Raven killing: Scotland leads the way

December 11th, 2018|11 Comments

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 [...]

18 11, 2018

New Networks for Nature: Creating Connections

November 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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, [...]

9 11, 2018

New research paper on the River Lapwing in Bangladesh

November 9th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 11, 2018

EatWild: You forgot to mention the lead

November 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

5 11, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: October

November 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

1 11, 2018

Some fragments of lead

November 1st, 2018|3 Comments

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 [...]

24 10, 2018

International lead poisoning prevention week

October 24th, 2018|1 Comment

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 [...]