Bird surveys under COVID 19

Advice from the BTO: Not straightforward is it? That’s what it’s like running an international bird survey with different administrations taking slightly different lines on travel etc. Still, you might expect a global pandemic to have some major impacts and this isn’t one of them! Restrictions in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland will have to…

Press release – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We welcome the decision of the court today that ruled against the NFU’s legal challenge of the UK Government over not allowing the badger cull to come to Derbyshire. The NFU legal challenge over the decision by the government not to allow a badger cull in Derbyshire has reached its conclusion today and has ruled…

The life scientific with Prof Debbie Pain

This programme is quite fun – my friend Debbie Pain talks about lead poisoning, saving Asian vultures and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Although I’m sure there is even more to come, the examples demonstrate how Debbie has already had a career packed with both scientific and conservation achievement. It’s well worth a listen. And it provides…

My first BBS visit

Travelling a couple of miles by car for a 6km walk is the furthest I’ve been for weeks. But we are in mid-May and the May is out in flower, and this is the time for the first visit to Breeding Bird Survey squares. I can see why the BTO hasn’t yet updated its guidance…

Guest blog: Emma Turner: a life looking at birds by James Parry

My name is James Parry and I’m a writer based in Norfolk. I focus mostly on art and heritage, but have recently become fascinated by the history of wildlife photography. With co-author Jeremy Greenwood, I’ve just published a biography on Emma Louisa Turner, one of the greatest early pioneers and yet whose life and work…