Category Archives: Zoology

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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The dinosaurs didn’t see their extinction coming… what’s our excuse?

When I was younger I used to think about dinosaurs a lot. I’d think about how they lived and interacted, what they might have looked like, all the usual things. But I also used to wonder about extinction. Did they … Continue reading

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Vote Remain for Nature and the Environment

As most readers will know, whether in the UK or not, on Thursday Britain’s electorate will be polled on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. It is possible to read a million-and-one opinion pieces on … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Barnacle Geese and Goose Barnacles

A tweet by Maya Plass has reminded me that for ages I’ve been meaning to do a blogpost about one of my favourite nature myths. So here goes, and apologies to those who know it already. What is in a name? … Continue reading

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“See you otter? Stick this!” – Accents in animals

Since I’m on a bit of a roll about animal voices this week, I thought I’d touch on accents. I spoke yesterday about the subtleties of animal voices. But does that have any direct relevance for us and our engagement … Continue reading

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Is the badger cull finally collapsing?

This is my 99th post, I’ll have something different for the 100th. For now though, yet more on the badger cull… At the weekend I wrote about how poorly the badger cull had gone, and how the government and DEFRA … Continue reading

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A fascinating article on rewilding Britain

I don’t entirely agree with everything in it, but George Monbiot has written a fascinating piece on the reluctance of many to ‘rewild’ Britain. It’s well worth a read. I’m a big supporter of the concept of ‘rewilding’, and I’d … Continue reading

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Update on the badger cull (and a mention of False Widows)

Badger Cull As bad as the Somerset cull has been going, it seems Gloucestershire has gone even worse. Even allowing for DEFRAs dodgy re-jigged figures, the shooters have still managed just 30% of their minimum target. This should, in any … Continue reading

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Growth isn’t good: Some thoughts on ‘The State of Nature’

By this point you’ve probably seen some of the media coverage of the State of Nature report. If you haven’t, you can see the BBC story HERE, or coverage in the Guardian, Independent, and Telegraph. Alternatively, you can download a … Continue reading

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The Monday Bird of the Week No.2 – Gannet

My trip to Bempton on Saturday prompted me to make the Gannet, Morus bassanus, Bird of the Week, but it’s a bird I’ve no good images of. But, thanks to the brilliant Creative Commons licensing, I’m using lovely images by … Continue reading

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