Revealing more details of the 2019 Natural England licensing scandal (1)

Recap: Bob Berzins discovered that Natural England had issued what amounted to a general licence for conservation purposes after they had stopped issuing general licences for conservation purposes (sounds odd doesn’t it – see Bob’s guest blogs Natural England licences; a cover up? Part 1 and Natural England licences; a cover up? Part 2). And…

Press release – Trees for Life

Call for reports of red squirrel sightings across the Highlands to boost reintroduction project Trees for Life is asking people across the Highlands to report sightings of red squirrels for the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey from 21-27 September. The rewilding charity wants to increase sightings of the animals across the region during the week and…

News from Scotland

And a belated piece of news from Scotland – a pair of Hen Harriers, after many years, has finally produced some young in the Angus glens. You can tell this was big news because it appeared in The Courier on 5 August and the Press and Journal on 6 August. You’ll notice that the coverage…

Sunday book review – Net Zero by Dieter Helm

This book arrived in the post out of the blue from the publisher, probably because they had spotted that I have favourably reviewed two previous books by Prof Helm, Natural Capital and Green and Prosperous Land, and they were right to bank on my admiration of this further volume. It contains the same mixture of…

Tim Melling – moulting Mallard

Tim writes: I know that this isn’t a contender for bird photograph of the year but it does show something interesting. It shows that ducks moult all their flight feathers simultaneously, so they are completely flightless for a time. Most birds moult their flight feathers gradually, one pair at a time so that they are…