Recently Scottish National Heritage (SNH) have revealed a strategy for managing climate change, and part of it involves increasing forestry cover from 17% to 25%. It’s an excellent idea, that has met with some opposition.
While the freezing over of the university lake largely drove off the Goosander, it has been compensated with the return of the Great-crested Grebes. Continue reading
There are a range of species of geese around the university lakes, and I’m pretty familiar with all of them. So it’s always a surprise when one appears that I have to look twice at. Continue reading
Today we look at a bird that is both beneficiary and unintended victim of our growing love for feeding birds in our gardens. The bulky and severe Greenfinch.
Today’s bird of the week is one of the regular stars of this blog, a bird now rightly celebrated for their winter roost behaviour. It is, of course, the Pied Wagtail. Continue reading
Next week is National Nest Box Week, something the British Trust for Ornithology have been promoting for around twenty years now, and a simple way you can help wildlife.
There are birds you think of visually, and then there are birds you think of as a sound. Usually it’s the sound of a place, like a Curlew calling across a moor. Or, in this case, the wild electronica of the lapwing. Continue reading
Today saw the publication of the annual RSPB Birdcrime report, looking at statistics for 2015. Sadly, the picture remains much the same as in previous years. Continue reading
Today is World Wetlands Day, an annual event run by the Ramsar Convention for the past twenty years to recognise the importance of wetland habitats. For 2017 the focus is on the value of these habitats to humanity, so I’m going to talk a little about that, and a little about why I love wetlands. Continue reading
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We have been dealing with the much maligned corvids recently, and today we look at what may be the most unfairly castigated of all. The Rook. Continue reading