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British Wildlife – June issue

The June issue of British Wildlife contains the usual mixture of news, comment, research and analysis. As always it’s a fascinating mixture. I turned to Derek Gow’s and Peter Cooper’s article on Wildcats in England first – fascinating stuff. British…

Flows (2)

This area of bog and cotton grass used to be a conifer plantation. Who’d have known? Thirty- three years ago when I first worked in the Flow Country of Sutherland and Caithness I often drove along the road north of…

BTO press release

Valentine the Cuckoo, by Lee Barber/BTO As part of a project to discover what might be driving the decline in UK Cuckoo numbers, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has fitted four of these iconic birds with satellite tags. These…

Flows (1)

Thirty-three years ago, at this time, I was walking around the Flow Country in the north of Scotland in my first few months working for the RSPB. Last year, at this time, I was in the northwest of the USA….

Guest blog – The Ethics of Animal Exploitation part 3 by Alick Simmons

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35-year career as a Government veterinarian, latterly as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. Alick’s lifelong passion is wildlife; he volunteers for…

Paul Leyland – Golfclub Duckfly

Paul writes: there is a recent practice for giving previously obscure hoverflies English names, in addition to their Latin ones. Often the names are fairly mundane and don’t really add to the insect’s appeal, however I think this one is…

Sunday quotes (22)

A series of quotes relevant to the environment and/or campaigning. This week’s quotes are from Boris Johnson (born 1964) and I’ve tried to find ones which are vaguely about the environment but it’s quite a struggle… I forgot that to…

Tim Melling – Rockhoppers on the march

Tim writes: these are all Southern Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) returning from a foraging trip to their noisy nesting colony in the Falklands.  Arthur Cobb, after whom Cobb’s Wren is named, once described the noise of a Rockhopper colony  “as…

And then there were two…

So, the Conservative Party membership (which is slightly higher than I thought at 160,000 – it must be all those Brexit/UKIP infiltrators) has the choice of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Crikey! It comes to something when the man who…