Wildlife Trusts rehabilitated

The Wildlife Trusts, in my opinion, did not distinguish themselves over the issue of public forests and SSSIs in 2010/11.  They gave the impression to many of us of having one eye on the main chance and having lost focus on the needs of nature.  Let’s put it down to a momentary aberration which we…

Banking on wildlife NGOs

Much has been written, and said, about the dire moral state of banking in the UK.  I find it interesting that moving around bits of paper with numbers written on them should be expected to be a profession of high ethical status but in the old days (about 30 years ago) we are told that…

Wuthering Moors 20

We are beginning to shake some of the truth out of Defra over the Walshaw Moor affair.  Below I attach four documents received either by myself or others through Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulation enquiries. They are: 1) a letter from the Secretary of the Moorland Association, Martin Gillibrand, to the Defra…

Let’s hear it for the buzzard – and the osprey

I fled Scotland a day early and am now back home – the weather drove me away.  I did consider turning up at the Scottish Game Fair on Friday, but standing around in the rain, in a soggy field full of people moaning about buzzards didn’t really appeal to me.  I see they will get…

…and there was more

Yesterday’s blog ended before 9am on Tuesday morning with pine marten off the bucket list. But there was more… I spent more time enjoying the pine forest but then headed off.  I stopped at Nethy Bridge and looked for dippers from the attractive stone bridge, but with no luck.  Then it was off over the…