18 11, 2019

Raven killing continues to increase in England

November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Last year I blogged about the numbers of Ravens being killed under licence in England, and despite some data gymnastics from Natural England, their own data clearly showed that there is an increase in the numbers of Ravens being killed. This is despite NE’s statement last year that “there is no increase in activity [...]

14 11, 2019

Wales: a safe haven for Ravens?

November 14th, 2019|2 Comments

Ravens are a conservation success. They have been increasing in both numbers and range in recent decades, much of which is down to a reduction in illegal persecution and also an increase in carrion (in part due to increased sheep numbers). A good overview of these increases is available from the BTO website and [...]

10 11, 2019

Talk on bird migration: 12th November

November 10th, 2019|0 Comments

I'm looking forward to giving a talk on the wonders of bird migration to the London Bird Club on Tuesday 12th November. The talk is at Burgh House and it is FREE admission. Doors open at 6.00pm, the London Bird Club will hold their AGM at 6.30pm and the talk should start at 7.00pm [...]

13 09, 2019

Vulture research and conservation: 10 essential papers to read

September 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Vultures, and specifically those considered as Old World Vultures (Asian, African and European), are amongst the most threatened groups of birds in the world. There are 16 species of Old World Vultures of which 11 are at a high risk of extinction (8 are categorised as Critically Endangered and 3 are Endangered). Without urgent [...]

27 08, 2019

The scale of illegal bird killing in the Middle East revealed for the first time

August 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Illegal bird killing and the taking of birds is a conservation problem around the globe, whether it be trapping in the Mediterranean or the songbird trade in south-east Asia. I’ve been part of a team undertaking a review of the illegal killing of birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran over the last [...]

21 08, 2019

Dear Mike Gapes, it’s time to ban driven grouse shooting.

August 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Dear Mike Gapes, I’ve recently signed this UK Parliament petition, along with 17 other Ilford South constituents. The petition was launched just 8 days ago and has already reached almost 70,000 signatures, and is on track to reach the required 100,000 to be considered for a debate. Naturalist and presenter Chris Packham created the [...]

20 08, 2019

My highlights of Birdfair 2019

August 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Much of my time at Birdfair is focussed on OSME (Ornithological Society of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia) as I’m privileged to be the Chairman, and it is a key event in our annual calendar. However, I do manage to find time to visit other stands, attend a few talks and [...]

13 08, 2019

Hen Harrier Day 2019: thanks Severn Trent Water

August 13th, 2019|0 Comments

I missed the very first Hen Harrier Day in August 2014 as I was working in Saudi Arabia at the time. I followed the event on social media wishing I could be there - swapping 45C heat to be part of the sodden570 had a certain appeal. I’ve been to Hen Harrier days every [...]

31 07, 2019

Waitrose takes the lead on lead

July 31st, 2019|0 Comments

July has been a rather good month for those around the world who are keen to see an end to the unnecessary poisoning of wildlife and humans via toxic lead ammunition. California led the way at the start of the month by banning the use of toxic lead ammunition (for hunting wildlife) to help [...]

22 07, 2019

Scottish Ravens – a general licence to kill?

July 22nd, 2019|1 Comment

Scottish Natural Heritage, the statutory conservation body in Scotland, has just launched a consultation on the General Licence in Scotland. This includes looking at the merits of adding the Raven to the General Licence 2, resulting in minimal scrutiny and no reporting. Currently Ravens can be killed by applying for a specific licence, and [...]