Category Archives: Media

Wildlife crime – destroying the evidence

Back in June 2013 a gamekeeper shot and killed a Hen Harrier on a Scottish estate owned by a London financier. This week, the Crown Office dropped the prosecution just weeks before the scheduled trial. The reasoning is astonishing.

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Brexit, Henry VIII, and a real threat to our environment

I’ve largely stayed off politics on the blog the past few months but today, a week after the Article 50 notification and the ‘triggering’ of Brexit, it seems timely to raise an ongoing threat to our natural world this poses.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.32 – Black-headed gull

Earlier this year we featured corvids, birds that are not everybody’s cup of tea. This week we are back championing the underdog with the raucous and increasingly numerous Black-headed Gull.

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UN World Wildlife Day – Listen to the young voices – and get them to vote!

UN World Wildlife Day is a relatively new thing, only ratified in 2013, so only now in its fourth year. But as theme, 2017 has picked “Listen to the young voices”, which is something well worth supporting.

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Scottish National Heritage and reforesting the Highlands

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.

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RSPB Birdcrime report published

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.

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World Wetlands Day 2017 – Disaster Risk Reduction

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 … Continue reading

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Climate change, habitat loss, and adaptation in birds and insects

A recent study has been looking at the way animals adapt to a changing climate, and it presents a mixed picture of gains and losses.

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Is the time right for a Natural History GCSE?

There has been an interesting idea circulating on Twitter this week. It has been started by the brilliant Mary Colwell, somebody I happen to have huge respect and admiration for. It’s not a new idea, but it remains an interesting … Continue reading

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Bird brains or ‘feathered apes’? Why intelligence matters.

Given I wrote Monday’s blog post on the Wood Pigeon over a month ago, it was a happy coincidence that Twitter today flagged up a fascinating article on bird intelligence. It is a piece that emphasises why this is not … Continue reading

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