I went out for a walk on 1 December – it’s one of the things I can do now I am self-employed. There were fresh worm casts on the lawn and quite a lot of insects in the air – it hardly felt like December. At my local patch of Stanwick Lakes there were golden plovers flying overhead – the species that means that the Nene Valley Wetlands are covered by the EU Birds Directive and which mean that my local walk is protected from being concreted over.
I enjoyed being part of Simon Barnes’s blog tour on Thursday – here are links to the other sites where his book was reviewed (here, here, here and here). And remember that there is a readers’ offer for you to take up.
Another plug – I started reading my daughter’s blog because it was the right thing for a Dad to do, but now I read it because it’s very good.
See my blog tomorrow for a bit more on the Black Chancellor, Mr Osborne, but also on something that I am doing to stand up for nature – and you could perhaps help.
Farmers are a funny lot aren’t they? I was really touched by the comment left by farmer ‘cowboy’ on Friday’s blog (thank you again) but on Twitter where you can find me as @MarkAvery I was accused of being anti-farmer. When challenged to point out any anti-farmer remark in this blog the accuser scuttled away in silence. Another (apparent) farmer on Twitter cleverly combined two wrong thoughts in 140 characters by saying that there were plenty of birds but they were being eaten by kites and buzzards. And yet another farmer, as well as agriculture journalist Johann Tasker, suggested we look to Africa for the causes of farmland bird declines before I pointed out that 16 of the 19 Farmland Bird Index species were UK residents. Don’t expect much real ecological knowledge from the farming community – some know their birds but many do not (just like any other industry really).
Many thanks to Ian Coghill from the GWCT for his guest blog last week – it attracted lots of interesting comments. Anyone out there who would like to offer a guest blog? I have some future slots in mind.
I notice that there are a few people buying Blogging for Nature as Christmas presents for their nearest and dearest – you cheapskates! It costs under a tenner plus some P&P. But I won’t tell them that their fantastic present was so cheap. Blogging for Nature contains lots of articles written from May 2009 to April 2011 so it is still relevant to current events. It gives you a unique insight into the conservation work of the RSPB through its Conservation Director (at the time).
Yesterday there was a red kite flying over my street – lovely gorgeous bird.
I signed a book contract this week – I’ll keep you posted but you should be able to purchase at the Bird Fair in August.
If you haven’t, then please do sign up to this epetition on vicarious liability. Will yours be the signature that takes it past 3000 on its way to 100,000? And please spread the word.
This blog had its most popular month yet – we only started in earnest in July – with 3768 unique visitors in November. The most read blogs were about Robin Page, Peter Kendall and George Osborne – the perfect dinner party guests?