Guest blog – UK guardians of animal welfare by Alick Simmons

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35-year career as a Government veterinarian, latterly as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. Alick’s lifelong passion is wildlife; he volunteers for the RSPB and NE in Somerset, is chair of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare,…

Guest blog – Toad Rage 2 by Paul Sterry

This guest blog is an update to last week’s blog about carnage on a Hampshire road as passing cars kill passing toads, frogs and newts. The rescue team at work: counting amphibia and moving them to safety. Photo: Rob Read – Nature Photographers Ltd. In Hampshire, the run of mainly dry and chilly evenings continued…

Guest blog – FC and hunts by Jack Riggall

Jack Riggall is an independent hunt monitor and anti-hunting campaigner. Fox hunting, in the last few years, seems to be an activity of increasing interest to the media as well as social media which has helped voluntary activists to document the reality for the wider public to see. In the midst of all this, the…

Guest blog – Toad Rage by Paul Sterry

Dr Paul Sterry has an academic background in freshwater biology and is a passionate conservationist. He has been writing about natural history and photographing wildlife for the last 40 years, with an emphasis on the British scene. Toad Patrol on a busy Hampshire lane. In early spring every year, thousands of toads, frogs and newts…