Category Archives: Guest blog

Guest Blog – A is for acorn, or analogue? by Laurence Rose

Laurence Rose has worked for the RSPB for over 30 years.  He also edits the website NATURAL LIGHT that explores the links between nature and the arts. A is for acorn, B is for buttercup. No, make that analogue and broadband C was for catkin, but now is for creep; D was for dandelion, but …

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Guest Blog – Of nests and nets by Dave Leech (BTO)

Dr Dave Leech is a Senior Research Ecologist at BTO, where I oversee the Nest Record Scheme (NRS) and the two standardised ringing projects, the Constant Effort Site (CES) scheme and the Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) scheme. My job involves developing survey methodology, analysing data and communicating the results to volunteers and the general …

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Guest Blog – Wishing you a Harry Christmas by Findlay Wilde

By the time you read this there will probably be just over a month left until Christmas. That’s not long. And it might not be long until Hen Harriers are extinct in England. So if you are thinking about Christmas shopping, you might think about one of these special Hen Harrier Christmas cards. Now you …

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Guest Blog – Tactics of the raptor haters by Peter Cosgrove

Peter Cosgrove carried out the first national pearl mussel survey and wrote about pearl mussels as a Guest Blog here in October 2012.             I have been watching the raptor haters’ tactics since Hen Harrier Day and I think they might have secret list of 10 do’s and 10 don’ts, …

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Guest Blog – There is nothing Green about these Country ‘Sports’ by Caroline Allen of the Green Party

Caroline Allen is a practising vet and the Green Party Spokesperson on Animals as well as Co-Chair of London Green Party. Caroline has worked on many animal-protection issues, most recently campaigning against the badger cull, expansion of factory farming and the overuse of antibiotics in animal farming. Shooting birds such as grouse and pheasants is …

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Guest blog – Crunch time for Britain’s bees by Joan Walley MP

    As MPs return to parliament from party conference season, leading MP Joan Walley, says the Government’s plans for bees ‘fail to offer’ the solution bees need.         The decline in bee and other pollinators’ populations is a very real threat not just to the pollinators themselves but also to the world …

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Guest blog – What Martha Means to Me by Emma Websdale

Emma Websdale is a Conservation Biologist and Writer. Working as the Communications Support Officer for The Wildlife Trusts, she is particularly motivated in engaging younger audiences, helping them make sure that nature doesn’t drop off their agenda.   I sit on a train that’s heading to London, September’s issue of BBC Wildlife in my hands. …

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Guest blog – The Sunken Garden by ‘filbert cobb’

Filbert cobb is a regular contributor of comments to  this blog.  Sometimes he seems a bit nutty.  He is often witty but gets very serious about climate change.  I encouraged him to write a Guest Blog for us and I was not disappointed, in fact I was delighted, by what he sent.    Boyhood, nature …

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Guest blog – Real life bugs, or a living planet..? A response by Max Barclay

Max Barclay is Collection Manager of Beetles at the Natural History Museum in London, where he manages a dedicated team of curators, and some 10 million specimens going back to the voyages of Charles Darwin, Captain Cook and beyond, consulted each year by hundreds of scientists from all over the world. A life-long naturalist, Max …

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Guest Blog – It’s bee-hind you! by Teresa Verney-Brookes

I have spent many years in the conservation field and have worked for various national organisations including The Wildlife Trust and more recently as Education Officer for the RSPB. I now run my own Outdoor Education /Forest School business called Green-Trees. I feel passionately about the need connect children with the wonders of the wildlife …

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