Guest blog – The Ethics of Animal Exploitation part 2 by Alick Simmons

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35-year career as a Government veterinarian, latterly as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. Alick’s lifelong passion is wildlife; he volunteers for the RSPB and NE in Somerset, is chair of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare,…

Paul Leyland – Common Cockchafer

Paul writes: this beautiful pinkish brown beetle, the Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha), is a regular night time visitor to many gardens. I usually see them from the beginning of May to the middle of June, this one appeared on 14 May. They fly at night and are attracted to lights, so are often brought to…

Sunday quotes (21)

This week’s quote is from John Ruskin (died 1900). Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/john_ruskin_108460?src=t_rain More about John Ruskin here. Likes(17)Dislikes(0)

Now and again I get something like this

I have just finished reading you (sic) very good book, “Inglorious” and even though I have lived a very different lifestyle to yours, at the end of the day we both share the same ideals, which is to help bring an end to driven grouse shooting. Five years ago I hadn’t even got a contract…

Tim Melling – Baby Gentoo Penguin

Tim writes: this baby Gentoo Penguin was wide awake while its parent standing guard is seizing the opportunity for a little snooze.   They normally lay two eggs so it is likely that one egg or small chick will have been taken by a South Polar Skua.  The parents share incubation and child-minding duties, having daily…