15 03, 2019

Giant Tesco and the Tiny Swallow

March 15th, 2019|6 Comments

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 [...]

27 02, 2019

Collaboration and conservation, and a new kind of politics?

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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 [...]

19 02, 2019

MasterChef, grouse and toxic lead

February 19th, 2019|0 Comments

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 [...]

13 02, 2019

The launch of Wild Justice

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

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 [...]

11 02, 2019

Cairngorms National Park: Ravens not welcome?

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 02, 2019

Attitude to Lead: an interesting comparison?

February 7th, 2019|3 Comments

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 [...]

18 01, 2019

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

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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, [...]

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 [...]