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Guest blog – Wildlife of the Lake District

For a change I have a guest blog, requested by Sacha Francis, social media executive from Bristol. Sacha is keen that extol the virtues of the wildlife of the Lake District. There are some lovely photos on her link……. From … Continue reading

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Book review: The Biology and Management of Animal Welfare by Frauke Ohl and Rory Putman

This relatively short book (130 pages) has tested my thoughts for a review. It primarily covers animal welfare including public perceptions, ethics and animal experimentation. With the technical veterinary and scientific terms, abbreviations, acronyms and reference to earlier scientific papers … Continue reading

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By-catch of tunnel traps – comment

An article today on the blog Raptor Persecution UK shows several very clear photographs of a dead ring ouzel caught in a rail or bridge trap (see https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/ring-ouzel-is-latest-victim-of-vermin-trap-on-grouse-moor/#comments ) This is the type of trap set in huge numbers in … Continue reading

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Hen harrier nesting success in England. Cheer, but maybe not too loudly.

Reading the various articles and listening to the accounts of breeding success of hen harrier in the north of England this year the lay-person would be of the view that there is a considerable improvement in the fortunes of these … Continue reading

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Four new hens

I had been thinking for a while I would need to increase my stock of hens. Over the past couple of years the flock, for one reason or another, has dwindled from seven to three. The three that remain are … Continue reading

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Update on our garden wildlife

There has been a small amount of rain today (12th July) at the end of an exceptionally long dry spell of weather. The weather has been too good for being indoors writing blogs and I have made much progress in … Continue reading

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Two red kites poisoned in Northern Ireland – comment

What a tragedy in County Down in Northern Ireland reported in the media just the other day. A female red kite was found dead on a nest, still covering her eggs, while the male of the pair was found unwell … Continue reading

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