Monthly Archives: August 2016

‘Vermin’ – a rant.

I read a letter to the local paper the other day. The content related to types of Land Rover and the closing down of grouse moors.  I am not discussing the content of the letter apart from the author’s use … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Of ospreys, balloons and a shot buzzard

                I was interested in a story in the media that on the evening of Wednesday 17th August a Virgin hot air balloon flew low over a nest containing four osprey chicks at … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Gone Wild by Malcolm Smith

What a fascinating book. The author describes his adventures (and misadventures) in a variety of far-flung places as diverse as the Saudi Desert and the Niger River, though some are as close to home as Pembrokeshire and the New Forest. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Vaporised’ golden eagles

  It is crushingly disappointing and frustrating news that yet another satellite-tagged golden eagle has disappeared in the Monadhliaths. In less than five years eight satellite-tagged golden eagles have disappeared, all in this grouse moor area. As I’ve said in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Bad’ buzzards and sparrowhawks

I read the following letter in the local paper the other day.  It was in response to an article by wildlife writer Jim Crumley on the lack of legal protection for the wild beaver population in Tayside. The first half … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The law on hare coursing in Scotland

Seeing the field of winter barley behind my house being combined last night I was reminded that we are now entering the busiest season for one of the scourges of the countryside: hare coursing. It might be helpful if I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment