More bits and pieces

I wrote in June about a day I spent being shown butterflies in San Francisco by Liam O’Brien.  Liam showed me the last site of the now-extinct Xerces Blue butterfly and now sends me this image of a memorial which has suddenly appeared. The Moorland Association, having met Lord de Mauley to bend his ear,…

Vultures and diclofenac

The story about diclofenac and vulture declines is an amazing one.  And it is developing a nasty new twist. Asian vultures crashed in numbers very rapidly.  In the 1980s the Indian White-rumped Vulture was probably the commonest bird of prey in the world but its numbers (and those of other species) fell by around 99.9%…

I was budgetting for Sand Martins

It’s been a slightly odd day.  I woke very early (even for me) and so had a little snooze mid-morning, listened to the Budget on the radio and then went for a walk at Stanwick Lakes. As I walked around in the afternoon sunshine I was thinking that, in some ways, I was quite impressed…

Good cause

  BirdLife International has a number of fundraising ‘asks’ on the Just Giving site.  All are worth supporting. There are several teams who are fundraising by competing in the Champions of the Flyway bird race at the Eilat Birds Festival in Israel.  This raises the inevitable question of ‘why fly to Israel to raise money…

Bits and pieces

  How wolves change rivers – a four minute video (although that is the wrong Badger species!). Vote here for the project you would like to see get £25,000 – I voted for the World Land Trust project on leopards but it wasn’t an easy decision. I keep forgetting to tell you that the sale…