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Book review: Common and Spotted Sandpipers by Phil Holland

A book for bird enthusiasts, especially those specialising in waders. 160 pages of facts and figures covering probably every aspect of the lives of these two specialist shorebirds. Phil Holland depicts their similarities and differences, in particular the contrasting methods … Continue reading

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Goshawks galore!

I had a lovely couple of walks during this past week on an estate not too far from Perth. On both occasions the days were sunny and with light wind. I try to avoid walking on windy days as wildlife … Continue reading

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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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