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 [...]

10 10, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: September

October 10th, 2018|1 Comment

The focus for early September was the local patch of Wanstead Flats and a few visits to the Old Sewage Works and Wanstead Park thrown in for good measure. The Red-backed Shrike that had been around since the 28th August, continued to be present in Pub Scrub on the eastern part of Wanstead Flats, [...]

29 09, 2018

The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife and your MP

September 29th, 2018|1 Comment

For a whole range of reasons, not everyone could take part in the People’s Walk for Wildlife that was held last weekend. But everyone can be part of the journey that will see an improvement in our wildlife and environment – by writing to your MP. As part of the People’s Walk for Wildlife [...]

22 09, 2018

The #PeoplesWalkForWildlife – the start of a journey

September 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

The People’s Walk for Wildlife took place today, Saturday 22nd September. A few thousand people gathered near the Reformer's Tree in Hyde Park London, no doubt for a wide range of reasons, but with one very broad concern – the future of our wildlife and environment. Many species are declining at an alarming rate, [...]

14 09, 2018

Support the #PeoplesWalkforWildlife – 22nd September

September 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Our wildlife is in trouble. The UK population of Turtle Doves has declined by more than 90% since 1995, it was a common bird when I started birdwatching in the mid-1970s. Turtle Doves were so common I would list them in my notebook before I left the house as I was so sure that [...]

11 09, 2018

My birding diaries 2018: August

September 11th, 2018|0 Comments

August started as July had ended, in Shetland, with an additional day added-on to a work trip. A late afternoon and early evening walk out to the Point of Fedeland for a spot of sea-watching drew a blank as far as anything unusual was concerned. I was hoping for a Sooty Shearwater as a [...]

28 08, 2018

Welsh Ravens again: some more thoughts on licences

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

Following on from last week’s blog outlining some initial points on Raven licences issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), a short statement has been put out on their Twitter feed. In my initial post I wasn’t 100% sure if one of the licences was issued for the benefit of pheasants, but all the information [...]