CIEEM press release

Scottish Ecologist Awarded Profession’s Highest Accolade Professor Desmond B.A. Thompson FCIEEM FRSE has been awarded the 2019 CIEEM Medal Des Thompson is a highly influential ecologist who has made an outstanding and life-long contribution to nature conservation and upland ecology at both national and international levels. An excellent communicator, a brilliant scientific administrator and an…

Paul Leyland – Hairy Shieldbug

The Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) is a large and distinctive bug, 10-12mm overall. It can be seen as a adult in any month but in winter is a dull brown. This is a bright summer specimen which I found in my wildlife patch a couple of days ago [Mark writes; plus a delay of a…

Sunday quotes (19)

This week’s quote is from Theodore Roosevelt (died 1919). Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its…

Why I wrote The Blue Hare – by Hugh Webster

After his site was hit with technical problems on the same day my book was reviewed there, Mark kindly offered me the option to post a guest blog on how I came to write the book. The idea to write The Blue Hare came to me in October 2016 while I was working at a…

Tim Melling – Cobb’s Wren

Tim writes: Cobb’s Wren (Troglodytes cobbi) is endemic to the Falkland Islands, which means it occurs nowhere else on the planet.  And even within the Falkland Islands it only occurs on smaller offshore islands where rats have not been introduced.  On the larger islands introduced rats have driven them to extinction.   I photographed this…