- today is WWF’s Earth Hour
- this month’s Birdwatch is full of good things but the double page photo of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Little Owl squaring up to each other on a post is quite stunning.
- and that same Birdwatch has the wonderful Mark Cocker’s last column (although he will continue to write occasionally for Birdwatch)
- 6 million loaves of bread are fed to ducks each year! Really? Let them eat cake!
- our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting closes at midnight on Monday – it stands at 22,200 signatures right now but every signature counts.
- BAWC has compiled a series of vox pops from the excellent conference last week
- thinking of doing some plant counting this summer? Don’t be shy – you must be a better botanist than I! See my article in Plantlife’s spring magazine
- this looks really good
- band of the week includes the Corner Laughers as one to watch! Hooray!
- no response from GWCT’s Teresa Dent on behalf of Rules restaurant yet
- I seem to be #8 in a list of the sustainable 100 in the UK – good to see Caroline Lucas at #1
The fate of £25,000 of conservation money is entirely up to you. Have a look, please, and consider voting for this excellent project to protect Andean Condors.
Voting closes on Monday so why not just click away now?
- or in this case my ear – first singing Chiffchaff this week
- I had a look at Stonehenge this week – it is very impressive – I wonder whether Henry might visit one day? #HaveYouSeenHenry?
- meat free week is going well
- I really enjoyed talking to the AGM of the Wiltshire Ornithological Society in the Corn Exchange in Devizes on Wednesday evening. they were a lovely crowd and very appreciative. Here are some tweets they sent out: @MarkAvery Enjoyed your talk at WOS this evening – thought provoking, esp the lessons we should learn from the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction; Great to meet & hear @MarkAvery speak about Martha & Hen Harrier persecution in Devizes tonight. Thanks for signing the book Mark; Riveting talk from @MarkAvery in Wilts – no more Marthas – sign this to ban driven grouse shooting. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/65627; Brilliant talk this evening at Wilts Ornith Soc by @MarkAvery on Martha plus Hen Harriers which has my vote for National Bird.
- I’ve been buzzing since last Saturday’s BAWC conference – here are write-ups by Findlay, Zach and Georgia
- RSPB BGBW results and a quote from me in the Guardian
- Monday morning – I was looking at Black Grouse lekking in the Pennines – great way to start the week
- the Beavers are back again in Devon
- Martin Harper wrote a good blog – but the RSPB website is having a spring clean at the moment so it’s not accessible.
- please vote for this World Land Trust project to help the Andean Condor
Henry – you look like you own the place. You don’t do you?
So you aren’t too worried about a few large landowners?
I am very much amused to hear that the daily media summary received by NE board members ends with an item on ‘Mark Avery’s blog’. It’s good to know that they all get a daily reminder of what’s happening in the world from a reliable source.
To save time and effort for the staff involved, here is an item to cut and paste into today’s summary: ‘Mark Avery will be blogging next week on the failure of NE to progress the notification of the West Pennine Moors as an SSSI‘.’.
One thing I noticed about the BAWC conference was a refreshing lack of nervousness about standing up to the large landowners. Almost everywhere else one goes one hears individuals and large powerful organisations fretting about what the landowners might say.
I wonder what Henry thinks…
What’s that Henry?
You support the National Trust’s High Peak Vision and wish they’d get on with it as quickly as possible? I so agree Henry. Are you a member of the NT? I am.
I enjoyed doing the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – as always.
Did you do it too? If so, you and I were two of the 585,000 participants. That’s more than all the political parties put together – so we are voting for birds. Have you voted for the Hen Harrier in this poll yet?
The BGBW results are out and show that three of the Hen Harriers rivals in the national bird vote are common garden birds (Robin, Blackbird and Blue Tit) – but the Hen Harrier could eat them for breakfast!:
This is Day 3 – no problems so far.
Read about the World Land Trust and sponsor me to remain meat-free for the rest of the week.