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 [...]

21 07, 2019

A productive morning

July 21st, 2019|0 Comments

My local patch is Wanstead Flats and Park – for BirdTrack recording, I actually divide it up into three sections – the Flats, the Park and Bush Wood (including the Western Flats). Due to work commitments I’ve not visited the Patch since 25th May, so I thought I’d have an early start this morning [...]

2 07, 2019

Lead ammunition – well done California

July 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Yesterday saw the banning of the use of lead ammunition for hunting in the state of California. We know that lead is toxic and (in the US & UK) it has been essentially banned in petrol, paint, water-pipes and fishing weights (in the UK) – well done anglers. The last largely unregulated use of [...]

26 06, 2019

Sociable Lapwing: communicating science in pictures

June 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Since 2005 I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing, initially whilst working for the RSPB and now as a freelance consultant. We’ve learnt a lot about the ecology of the species and what might have caused the population decline during the 1990s and early 2000s. During the breeding [...]

9 05, 2019

Casual killing: Whose balance is it anyway?

May 9th, 2019|2 Comments

It would be difficult not to have noticed the confusion and ‘outrage’ (an over-used word in my opinion) that has been created by Natural England’s decision to temporarily remove the General Licence, so it can be revised ensuring it’s compatible with the law. This review of licensed casual killing is the result of a [...]