A conversation about lead levels

I was talking to a young-ish woman a while back (I’d guess she was in her 30s) in a social context and the subject of game meat came up, pretty much by chance. Now I don’t know this woman well, it was the first time we’d met, and we may never meet again, but I’m…

Swift Awareness Week press release

Over 100 local events have been organised by local Swiftconservation groups around the UK and in Eire in an attempt to raise the profile of this fast declining bird.To see a map showing where the events are and to read full details of each one, go to the Action for Swifts blog: https://actionforswifts.blogspot.com/p/2019-swift-awareness-week.html  Nick Brown, SAW2019 Coordinator and the organiser of the Derbyshire Swift Conservation Project, said: “The very…

BBS

Next week I’m going to have to do my two ‘late’ BBS visits before the end of June. The combination of poor weather and rushing around has pushed them off the agenda but time is running out. I’m also going to have to finish the data entry for the English farmland bird surveys I carried…

The time is now

A week today there will be a rally in Westminster calling for politicians to take action on climate change and environmental decline. Kick-off 1pm. Save the date, book your transport, and come to London. I’m in London anyway that day, for a World Land Trust meeting, I hope I’ll be able to add myself to…

Guest blog – Dewilding Basingstoke by Paul Sterry

Dewilding Basingstoke One thing leads to another. This all harks back to the saga of Basingstoke’s beleaguered Common Toads, a story that not only continues but also evolves. So as summer approaches, and all those young toadlets leave their breeding ponds, perhaps an alternative title for this blog might be ‘Toad Rage – metamorphosis’. To…