Unholy alliance?

Ian Lindsay is Director of Education at the GWCT and he writes in the September NFU Countryside magazine about reintroductions. Do they, he asks, make conservation sense? His punchline is ‘…in the context of our declining wildlife, are reintroductions a part of  sound conservation management addressing key environmental priorities, or an expensive, cynical and high-profile…

Bovine TB

I heard this suggestion several years ago from a clever colleague.  I haven’t heard it since but I bet he’s right – although it’s a bit late in the day now. Is there any genetic basis for immunity to bovine TB in cattle? If so, why aren’t we using the more immune breeds of cattle? …

Tendentious? Moi?

I was recently described as tendentious by one of my favourite commenters here, and after checking that I really did know what that meant, I agree! I certainly tend to tend towards tendentious, and I don’t intend to pretend that is likely to change. I think the name of the blog – Standing up for…

Yosemite fire

I suspect I am following the news of fires affecting the Yosemite National Park a little more closely than most. That’s partly because I was there around two and a half months ago and also because there is an interesting conservation back-story to present day events. Yosemite, in the California Sierra Nevada mountains, was the…