More birding bits and pieces: After my blog of last week I can now add peregrine to my M1 list (hunting over a field near Luton) and another ‘up-and-about-early’ red kite from the M1 somewhere in Hertfordshire (I think!).
Birkbeck: I enjoyed giving a public lecture at Birkbeck on Friday evening – lots of good questions from the audience. I was talking about farmland wildlife and the CAP – more on that in tomorrow’s blog.
Another review of Fighting for Birds: another very positive review of Fighting for Birds – admittedly from an ex-colleague (but all the more valued, in a way, for that).
The low and mighty: how are the mighty fallen? comes to mind with the fall of Chris Huhne. I met Mr Huhne several times and recount a rather spiky exchange with him on p226 of Fighting for Birds. We are all flawed individuals, so it would be difficult to imagine that politicians would be less flawed than the rest of us. Huhne came across as quite arrogant but I think he had quite a bit to be arrogant about! He had, and presumably still has, a very good brain and a very keen understanding of climate change and the energy scene. He was arguably the greenest member of the coalition government and to lose him from public life for a minor speeding offence (which I don’t condone but can understand) seems a high cost for him, a high cost for us and a high cost to the environment.
Question: What do Angelina Jolie, David Attenborough, Frank Zappa and Nelson Mandela have in common?
Answer: is found in my column in February Wild Travel magazine (p17).