These are just things that caught my eye:
- there has been at least one Blackcap in the garden for the last eight days. First it was a male, then a male and a female, then just the female, and yesterday one of each again. I haven’t seen two of the same sex at the same time but there might be hundreds of them passing through for all I can tell… But they weren’t there for BGBW!
- a White-tailed Eagle (see above) which, as a chick last year, took a tumble from its nest on Mull, is now hanging around the Mull of Galloway – as David Sexton said, she’s probably mulling it over.
- Talking of eagles, Labour has some thought for wildlife – an interesting blog by Martin Harper
- I enjoyed this Attenborough programme on birds of paradise immensely – combining the great Sir David, a great bunch of birds, great film footage and a great deal of interesting information, it was great! As you can tell, I recommend it highly.
- RSPB culling very few deer at Leighton Moss.
- Mike McCarthy and Richard Branson on climate change.
- We’re not winning the Ashes.
- Bird flu in Hampshire.
- Government falls at second hurdle to protect Dorset seahorses, and consultation launched on the feeble 23 sites up for designation. Defra has been hopeless on this issue – remember that on 7 May.
- I’m talking in Bristol on 27 February – not 2015, not 2016 even, but 2017!
- Robin Hood was a fiction, but ‘his’ oak tree is very real and deserves your vote for the Eurovision Tree Contest (or similar).