Happy Valentine’s day

  Apparently, the first bird a woman sees on Valentine’s Day tells her the type of husband she will get.  Magpies seem good news – good job they are commoner than ever!  Birds of prey seem ones to look out for but maybe crows should be avoided. The first reference to St Valentine’s Day being…

More on the EU budget

Institute for European Environmental Policy. NFU. Martin  Harper’s blog.  CAPreform.eu Defra website – nothing at all. I am always shocked by the fact that our government doesn’t think it has any obligation to  feed back on the results of major EU decisions – like settling the budget for the next five years.  It’s hardly surprising…

Feedback

When I sent out my short recent ‘newsblast’ to over 1300 people one of them replied as follows:   “No,don’t send me anymore of your crap.When you start considering all bird life instead of just raptors then by all means.I put a bird table up 30 yrs ago,had it full of garden birds untill (sic) the…

Last week’s news

It’s quite difficult to get past the headlines to understand the details of the EU budget agreement.  Yes the budget has been capped thanks to some good negotiation by plucky David Cameron but what does that mean – particularly for the environment? I bought the FT, Independent and Guardian on Saturday and found them no…

Miscellany

More birding bits and pieces: After my blog of last week I can now add peregrine to my M1 list (hunting over a field near Luton) and another ‘up-and-about-early’ red kite from the M1 somewhere in Hertfordshire (I think!). Birkbeck: I enjoyed giving a public lecture at Birkbeck on Friday evening – lots of good…