I’ve been travelling around since Monday and I got back late last night – so this is just a few notes on my travels and a few catch-ups:
- On the Durham moors near the signpost above, there were very few waders to be heard, which surprised me, as I am always careful to point out that grouse moors often have impressive numbers of breeding waders. However, to be fair, there was a Golden Plover cheekily standing on a grouse butt by the road.
- the number of comments, which I think are all objections, to the retrospective planning application for a track on Midhope Moor has risen from c30 to over 160 largely thanks to readers of this blog (you are wonderful!). And the period for public consultation has been extended to 27 May. We’ll see!
- Scotland seems to be full of Cuckoos although I didn’t hear any on the moors of northern England.
- have a look at how the Catfield Fen enquiry has ended here.
- I saw a lovely male Hen Harrier when I stopped briefly to scan the moors at Langholm – aren’t they brilliant birds?!
- Martin Harper, some time ago, wrote about the RSPB position on driven grouse shooting.
- Edinburgh South has joined the 100 club of constituencies with at least 100 signatures on the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting.
- Chris Packham’s Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is ranked the 4th best-selling book in the UK on Amazon UK
- Kerry McCarthy MP, shadow Secretary of State for Defra says she is planning to be at Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes RSPB nature reserve on 6 August 2016. Be there too!