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June 19, 2012


All hail the newt God Salamandrus! He is kind and provides the exquisite harvest of Triturus cristatus when you least expect it, He is vengeful withholding such amphibian bounty for weeks on end whilst attempting to drown you from the above world and He is wise teaching those who follow the newty path of righteousness that ponds and […]

A Sad Day for Unicorns

November 10, 2011


The last few weeks have delivered grim news indeed about the world’s beloved rhinoceros. Today the annual update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List was released declaring the western black rhino (Diceros bicornis longipes) extinct. Another rhino subspecies, the northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), is on the brink of […]

Of White-Tailed Sea Eagles and Overactive Imaginations

September 7, 2011


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 […]

Personal Log: Stardate 65010.3

July 18, 2011


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 […]

Liquid Gold

May 16, 2011


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 […]

Creating Real Estate for our Avain Friends

March 3, 2011


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 […]

British Butterflies: Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus)

February 13, 2011


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 […]

An Ode to Wetlands

February 6, 2011


On February 2nd each year World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar, Iran, 1971). This year celebrated 40 years since the signing of the commonly termed Ramsar Convention and I’m ashamed to say it was all new to me. I’d known about Ramsar […]