Lancashire’s ‘Bowland Betty’ bites the Yorkshire dust

A female hen harrier raised in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, last year, and fitted with a satellite tag, was found dead on a grouse moor in the Yorkshire Dales in June this year.  I hadn’t realised the trans-Pennine rivalry was so strong that the War of the Roses included shooting each other’s hen harriers….

Bankrupt policies from Defra

Last week George (Gideon) Osborne had to do something different because it was clear that his economic policies weren’t working (he did the wrong thing, but he did have to do something) whereas there is no sign that Defra is going to do anything different even though their policies aren’t working either. The differences between…

Swanwick

I spent yesterday at the BTO Conference at Swanwick and left feeling slightly foolish.  Foolish, because although I have attended many BTO Conferences in my time, that is the first for a good many years, and I enjoyed it so much that I felt foolish for having missed out over recent years. The conference theme…

Ralph Underhill cartoon

  Hedgehogs – you couldn’t dream them up really could you?  If you hadn’t seen one (you have seen one haven’t you?) then would they seem any more likely than the unicorn? Hedgehogs seem to be getting rarer for a variety of reasons here, here and here)  – one of which might well be that…