Are all Americans stupid?

I am, of course, only referring to American bird species. I ask the question because of a conversation I had back at the Bird Fair but first let me tell you about the Carolina parakeet. The Carolina parakeet was a native north American parrot that was widespread in the east of the USA when the…

Sharing or sparing?

A couple of my mates, and a couple of people I don’t know, have recently produced a paper in Science – the US-based not-quite-so-good version of Nature. They look at two versions of land-use and ask which is best as in the title of this blog.  Starting from the point that we may soon have…

Thinking of New York

Given the date, and the fact that I visited New York City, including Ground Zero, in late May, I am just going to re-post three blogs from my time there.   The living and the dead 19 May Birding with the Empire State Building as background 20 May Liberty and the pursuit of happiness 21…

Do you trust them?

It’s all getting quite heated out there.  And so it should – although it always looks bad if the government Ministers are the ones losing their tempers whilst the environmental campaigners are cool, calm and collected. But it’s not surprising, because the government is in a worse place over planning reform than it was over…

An interesting event – of some significance?

Those readers of this blog who are also signed up to my monthly newsblast will have read that I have quite kind thoughts about the content of the England Biodiversity Strategy – except that there may be too little money to implement it. But I noticed that a group of wildlife NGOs – the RSPB,…