Let me get this off my chest please…

It’s a small thing, and once I’ve told you about it, I will move on. Probably. I keep hearing people saying that 41% of UK species have declined in abundance since 1970. And they have (probably, at least of the species we know about)! No (major) quibbles there. But is this bad? If the world…

Guest blog – Ghost Orchids by Paul Sterry

The last time I saw a Ghost Orchid Epipogium aphyllum in Britain was in 1986, at a site in the Home Counties. I think this was the final time the species was seen ‘officially’ in the 20th Century and it was deemed to be extinct until the discovery of a specimen a decade or so…

Tony Juniper on grouse shooting

I didn’t attend this evening event at the Bird Fair, and hadn’t realised that it had been recorded, so I was surprised to hear quite how ‘establishment’ Tony Juniper sounded on this subject. Likes(25)Dislikes(4)

The BBC’s carbon footprint

I’m addicted to the Today programme and a big fan of Martha Kearney but I do wonder why she is broadcasting from Antarctica at the moment. There may be lots of reasons why Martha is in Antarctica, perhaps she is doing a whole series of filming and broadcasting assignments, but I do wonder whether the…

Seven Worlds, One Planet (5)

Europe – where I live. Although my own sightings of Olms, Musk Ox and European Hamster add up to a big zero. There was great footage of Wolves hunting at night in Italy where they were chasing deer through the scattered dwellings on the edge of a town in Abruzzo. I wonder how long ago…