It’s not all doom and gloom and the Sixth Mass Extinction – scientists have been discovering new species as well as pronouncing their imminent demist. As our knowledge and technology improves, researchers are able to access more and more remote areas and discover interesting species that are completely new to science – before it is too… Continue reading 5 interesting new species we discovered in 2016
They look so regal. Like some kind of smartly dressed gent, dropping by for tea. They are delicate eaters. There’s just something so tender about the big, bulky short bill, carefully investigating the inside of the feeder. They can sit there for ages, not even flying off when the sparrows or blue tits join them on… Continue reading 6 reasons why the goldfinch is the best garden bird
… it might just save the British countryside by destroying our farming industry. The European Union pays out €50bn of public money in farm subsidies; to qualify, the land must be kept bare. Consequently, hectare upon hectare of native forests and wildlife has been cleared to claim the funds. George Monbiot suggests here that the area devoted… Continue reading Brexit is terrible, but….
I’ve been enjoying this new BBC series called Spy in the wild. They send these robot cameras in various disguises to live amongst the animals, blending in and secretly filming. The animatronic spies are very amusing. Here’s a good clip that also shows how intelligent and curious animals can be: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04px5zw What has been interesting is… Continue reading Spy in the wild
You know who I mean. The big top tent of Ringling Bros circus will come down for the final time, at long last, after 146 years of well-documented animal cruelty and abuse. Of particular attention to animal welfare activists has been the ‘breaking’ of elephants and the cruelty they suffer at the hands of their… Continue reading The Cruelest Show on Earth finally comes to an end
Dramatic headlines at the Daily Express suggest we are in for an awfully cold winter. It’s long overdue after several years of mild winters and hot summers. Freezing air is set to sweep in from the North Pole, bringing the UK four solid months of total whiteout. It probably won’t be that bad in the… Continue reading How to help wildlife in winter
Yesterday we made the most of the last of the autumnal sunshine and went for a walk around Hickling Broad in Norfolk. The Wildlife Trust promises hen harrier, kingfisher, cetti’s warbler, and otters, but in reality we walked around and saw absolutely nothing for ages. Each hide we went in opened onto a small area of… Continue reading Birding Diary #2