A bird of resolution

The recovery of the red kite is a great conservation success story and it’s good to see it celebrated in the regional press like here. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to see red kites, and spend at least a minute revelling in their beauty, on at least 200 days this year.  They are…

It’s a start…

If you did have a bet on Oscar Whisky yesterday then it would have been a profitable one but the odds turned out to be too short for me so I watched this horse look classy at Cheltenham.  Maybe I should have had a bet as I ended up making a small loss on the…

Happy New Year!

Who knows what the year ahead will bring – except that Oscar Whisky should, like last year,  win the Cheltenham and Three Counties Club Hurdle at Cheltenham this afternoon.  However maybe he won’t as the past is not a perfect guide to the future – so I would be amazed if I see waxwings at…

A year in blogs

Here is my review of the year in blogs – the first four of which were written whilst I was still working at the RSPB and the last eight whilst ‘just me’. January Our forests- the small sell-off and big lease-off. One of the dangers of writing a daily blog is that you might shoot…

Reindeer

Did St Nicholas visit your house on Christmas Eve and deliver presents? And was his sleigh powered by eight reindeer; Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen (and then there’s Rudolph too)? Real-life reindeer, or caribou, are having a tough time of it, and not through sleigh-pulling exhaustion (see also here and here).  …