June Birdwatch

June’s Birdwatch is full of good stuff. This article about the World Land Trust‘s 30th anniversary is well worth a read, for example. There’s an identification guide to pratincoles which took me back to August 1973, I think it was 1973, when two friends and I found a Black-winged Pratincole in Norfolk. It must be…

Garden birds in May 2019

This year I am keeping a list of birds seen in or from my garden. I didn’t add any species for the year in May – which is a bit surprising. Although, I was in eastern Europe for a couple of weeks so this was really a half-month! However, it is a sad sign of…

Man with stick and figleaf

I met this man in the Wilanow Palace Park in Warsaw a few days ago. I think he is Hercules but he reminded me that Michael Gove is supposed to be coming up with a licensing system for lethal control of corvids (and doesn’t seem to be making much progress). I have no personal knowledge…

Guest blog – I must tell you something of the Beaver by Derek Gow

“I must tell you something of the Beaver”. When William Harrison the Canon of Windsor wrote those words in 1577 he presented his description of the beaver he knew in the following fashion “Certes the tail of this beast is like unto a thin whetstone, as the bodie unto a monstrous rat: the beast also…

CIEEM press release

Scottish Ecologist Awarded Profession’s Highest Accolade Professor Desmond B.A. Thompson FCIEEM FRSE has been awarded the 2019 CIEEM Medal Des Thompson is a highly influential ecologist who has made an outstanding and life-long contribution to nature conservation and upland ecology at both national and international levels. An excellent communicator, a brilliant scientific administrator and an…