This blog is four years old today.
There have been over 2111 blog posts and over 26,000 comments in that time.
This blog is an independent voice for nature, primarily in England, but in the UK, the EU and the world. Apart from Guest Blogs, every word of it is written by Mark Avery. It’s called Standing up for Nature – and that’s what it tries to do.
Here are some of the views that inform this blog:
- birds of prey are lovely birds, though no lovelier than many others, and shouldn’t be illegally shot, trapped or poisoned by commercial interests
- bovine TB is a terrible disease and something should be done about it – that might have to include killing badgers but I’m not convinced by that at the moment and if only politicians and the NFU had pulled out their fingers years ago then we probably would already have a vaccine
- hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers money should go to the farming community but we should expect them to be a bit grateful, but more importantly, to deliver lots of public goods in return for the payments (and that’s what Defra is for)
- wildlife NGOs need to speak out and use their memberships to engineer political change because most of wildlife’s problems derive from over-consumption by people
- the coalition government was pretty hopeless for our natural environment, and especially hopeless on wildlife issues, but there is little sign that a Labour government would be much better
- lead isn’t good for you, or for wildlife, and should be replaced by non-toxic shot
- there are too many wildlife NGOs and that dilutes nature’s voice
- if enough of us raise our voices then we can make a difference – I am an optimist
- we need more marine protected areas around the UK coast and in the UK Overseas territories and in the world
- the right regulation is a ‘good thing’ and we need more of it as markets and exhortation don’t work very well
- biofuels that take up lots of land are an abomination
- renewable energy is needed, but even more we need ways equitably to reduce consumption rather than meet demand
- linnets are my least favourite bird but I love them all really
- nature does have an economic value but its spiritual value is so much higher
- the natural world is fascinating – much more interesting than anything else
- the UK should remain a part of the EU even though the EU is a bit rubbish at lots of things – getting out would be worse
- reintroductions are, generally speaking, a really good way quickly to enhance our conservation impacts – but only if we choose the right ones
- one day I will learn to recognise plants – but I’m not sure I will be much happier for all that
- you will all buy ‘Inglorious‘ when it is published at the end of July
- we will win in the end