27 02, 2020

Bangladesh part 2: Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpipers of Sonadia

February 27th, 2020|0 Comments

I used to be a conservation optimist but I’m increasingly pessimistic about our chances of saving species from extinction and habitats from continued destruction and degradation. There is no doubt we have the tools and knowledge but I just don’t see the political will and global leadership. However, whenever I visit Sonadia Island in [...]

13 02, 2020

Bangladesh part 1: Living with eagles

February 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus is classified as Endangered by the BirdLife/IUCN Red-List of threatened birds. According to the BirdLife International datazone there are likely to be less than 2500 mature individuals (1000-2499), and this is possibly an overestimate. My colleagues in Bangladesh who are working on this species estimate the national population at [...]

8 02, 2020

Accounting for birds and carbon: #ABC2020 January

February 8th, 2020|0 Comments

The issue of climate change is being discussed in more and more circles, it is no longer a niche subject amongst a few environmentalists and academics. The amazing Greta Thunberg and others have brought the issue on to our TV screens and our daily news feeds. Some say that the last UK General Election [...]

17 01, 2020

Upcoming talk: The birds of the Arabian Peninsula

January 17th, 2020|0 Comments

On the 18th February I'll be giving a talk on the Birds of the Arabian Peninsula for the International Association for the Study of Arabia, at the Institute for Archaeology, UCL (WC1H 0PY). The talk will look at the diverse range of birds that breed, migrate through, and winter in the Arabian Peninsula. Arabia [...]

12 12, 2019

Turtle Doves: and then there were two

December 12th, 2019|0 Comments

When I first started bird watching, during the summer months you were just as likely to see a Turtle Dove as you were a Collared Dove. I doubt there is anywhere in the UK where that could be said today? Whichever time period you look at the numbers are depressing: CBC/BBS in the UK [...]

6 12, 2019

A New Deal for Nature

December 6th, 2019|0 Comments

A New Deal for Nature was launched yesterday by Caroline Lucas which has a range of policies to protect and restore wildlife and habitats in the UK. From a quick glance, much of what is in the report is also in the Green Party manifesto. Caroline opened the proceedings, chaired by Ellie Chowns MEP, [...]

27 11, 2019


November 27th, 2019|0 Comments

The RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE Project has just published a rather excellent layperson’s report and a link to it can be found at the foot of the summary on the Skydancer webpages. Unfortunately, it is already out of date. If you look at page 19 of the report and check out the class of [...]

27 11, 2019

Licensed Raven killing: Scotland continues to lead the way

November 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Scotland continues to lead the way with the issuing of licences to kill Ravens. In 2018 a total of 173 licences were issued allowing for up to 1199 Ravens to be legally killed. This year the number of licences issued has increased to 183 licences but for fewer Ravens – up to 1097 can [...]

25 11, 2019

Email party leaders – it’s time to #ReThinkHS2

November 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Chris Packham has joined forces with some of the most high profile conservation and environmental organisations in the UK, in a campaign to get the next Government to rethink the HS2 project. It is great to see such a collaboration, and I hope it succeeds, as I fear that we are going to need [...]

22 11, 2019

Is there a General Election in Ilford South?

November 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Photo credit: downloaded from the Ilford Recorder website.   You must be living on the planet Mars to not realise there is a General Election campaign underway – or maybe in Ilford South! More than a week into the official campaign and we’ve had one leaflet through our door – that of Mike Gapes standing [...]