Sanctuary

There has been a great upwelling of concern and anger over the proposal to destroy the Sanctuary LNR in Derby (see Guest Blog and this blog). Objections out number comments received in favour of the proposal (309 to 300 when last I looked, so it is close). You have until the end of tomorrow (16th)…

Wrapping up

In the streets around where I live, before Christmas, there were teams of workmen renovating the ‘council’ houses.  Sometimes these groups had eastern European accents, sometimes they were from the foreign land of Wales, and sometimes the Northamptonshire accent was playing across the pot-holed streets of my neighbourhood. There was quite a lot going on…

Leadhills plus

This news item is interesting – a potential community buy-out at Leadhills brought to us by Raptor Persecution Scotland. I’d chip in £50 to the community, as would many other birders I guess. John Armitage’s e-petition has taken a bit of a leap forward in the last few days and is now at 7596 signatures. …

A letter from Rupert

I am grateful to my MP, Andy Sawford, for writing to Defra on my behalf to ask them about the continuing declines in farmland birds.  And I am grateful to Lord de Mauley (or Rupert) the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science at Defra for his reply. Rupert mentions that this…

First Chiffchaff of 2014 for me

I saw my first Chiffchaff of the year at Stanwick Lakes this morning. And a nice sunny morning it was too.  I was walking along a path before the sun had actually risen above the horizon. The Chiffchaff turned up a little later on my walk, in a wet area which seemed to have a…