RSPB’s new top boffin is Jeremy Wilson

Prof Jerry Wilson FRSE will take up the post of Director of Science for the RSPB in August when David Gibbons retires from the role. I know Jerry and he is an excellent choice. He’s very bright, very wise and very nice. Here is the RSPB announcement – click here. And here is an interview…

Guest blog – The Great Divide by Dominic Woodfield

Dominic Woodfield is the Managing Director of Bioscan, a long established and well respected consultancy specialising in applied ecology. He is a life-long birder, a specialist in botany, habitat restoration and creation and in protected fauna including bats, herpetofauna and other species. He is also a highly experienced practitioner in Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations…

Latest Wild Justice challenge

Wild Justice is taking on the Badger cull – or at least the licensing of free shooting of Badgers by Natural England. A crowdfunder launched at 2pm has raised £9,000 by 6pm, which is pretty amazing and probably indicates the level of anger about this cull of one of our most charismatic native species. To…

Just in passing…

This is just a very quick passing reference to capitalisation of species names. I’ve written about it before – see here for discussion of shy albatrosses and Shy Albatrosses. When people write guest blogs here I do not instruct them to capitalise species names (because I’m very tolerant – renowned for it) but I do…

Guest blog – Swift Awareness Week 2020 by Mike Priaulx

Mike Priaulx is a sustainable buildings consultant who founded the Islington Swifts Group in 2016. Working with the Council, residents and local organisations, there are now more than 200 new nesting spaces for swifts in the borough. His twitter handle: @islingt_swifts Why do we need Swift Awareness Week? There are many other similarly endangered species…