‘Standing up for nature’ goes to America

My main task between now and the end of September is to finish writing a book ‘on’ the passenger pigeon for Bloomsbury – and for me and for you! 1 September 2014 will mark the centenary of the extinction of this bird – probably the most numerous bird in the world a few decades before…

Re introduced species

  I think this is a great cartoon by Ralph Underhill.  A clever take on the word ‘introduced’ and great expressions on the faces of the grey and red squirrels. Rather bizarrely the CLA issued a press release at the beginning of this week supporting Owen Paterson’s culling of grey squirrels on his land.  Well,…

Butterflies

2012 was a terrible year for butterflies according to Butterfly Conservation – and they would know! Almost every species had a bad year with many having year-on-year declines of well over 50%.  You can see why George Osborne might be sceptical about using natural capital in national accounts if a bit of grotty weather can…

Harrumph!

I see that an RSPB member of staff is talking at a League Against Cruel Sports event today.  I’m not sure that’s a first, but it won’t have happened very often. This has been greeted with lots of harrumphing by those mild and consensual people in the Countryside Alliance who regard LACS as extremists. When…

Sublime

I failed completely in January and March but I hit the target in February and April. On Friday evening I visited Glapthorn Cow Pasture for my annual search for nightingales.  They are pretty reliable, and there had been one reported a couple of days before, so although it was at the early end of arrival…