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Of White-Tailed Sea Eagles and Overactive Imaginations

September 7, 2011

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The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has irrevocably proven that they have an overactive imagination. In a letter to the Scottish Government’s Environment Minister Stuart Stevenson the SGA requested a public inquiry and the formulation of an “exit strategy” in the event of white-tailed sea eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) having adverse effects on social, economic or leisure […]

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Personal Log: Stardate 65010.3

July 18, 2011

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My life as a student is officially over. My MSc thesis has been handed in and now I have a council tax bill to remind me that the hard protective shell of the student status egg  has been passed on to some unknown whippersnapper. I’d like to think that this means more time to frolic […]

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Liquid Gold

May 16, 2011

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The U.K. has been revelling in the recent weather with the absence of rain that plagues the nation in the cooler months being a hot topic for many. I will readily admit that I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors more frequently but while there it was obvious that wildlife, crops […]

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Creating Real Estate for our Avain Friends

March 3, 2011

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It’s not only humans that are struggling to find property in the economic downturn. Our avian friends are struggling too. Our love of over manicured gardens and woodlands together with making those long awaited home “improvements”, such as fitting new eves, leave little room for birds to establish nesting sites and can destroy ones that […]

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British Butterflies: Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus)

February 13, 2011

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Taxonomic classification Kingdom           Animalia Phylum             Arthropoda Class                Insecta Order                Lepidoptera Family               Papilionidae Genus               Papilio Species             machaon Subspecies:      britannicus Introduction Of the twelve European representatives of the family Papilionidae, Papilio machaon subsp. britannicus (Seitz, 1907; The British Swallowtail) is the only U.K. endemic1,2. P. machaon subsp. britannicus is not only the largest butterfly […]

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