Thursday, 5 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1054


Two Brindled beauties (Lycia hirtaria) visited last night.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1053



More flowers out in the sunshine. Pale forgetmenot (Myosotis stolonifera) in Bynea and Red Valerian (Centranus ruber) in Loughor!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Tinkering with the Ivories?


The burning of millions of pounds worth of confiscated Elephant ivory by Kenya authorities makes a serious point (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/30/kenya-to-burn-largest-ever-ivory-stockpile-to-highlight-elephants-fate), namely that the elephants are worth much more alive to that country (and to the planet?) than the poacher's premium. There has been some debate about whether the destruction might drive up the price and increase poaching activity but I do think that treating ivory as a 'crop' (even if the resulting money is directed at conservation) would be a mistake. The trouble is that the amounts of money involved are very attractive to poachers, middle men and the ivory carvers with their clients. Breaking this inducement will be difficult.

Seeing the Changes 1052





In Bynea, Field horsetail (Equisetum arvense) are heading to the complete version. In Loughor, Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is fully in flower. In Bynea, the first Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) unfurled.

Birder's Bonus 165


I bet they wish they hadn't bothered but Swallows (Hirudo rustica) are back in Gorseinon.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

All a Matter of Timing?


A study suggests that giving influenza vaccine in the morning produces better protection than when the material is injected in the afternoon (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/26/morning-flu-jabs-could-save-thousands-of-lives-study-suggests). This could apparently save an additional 2000+ lives in the UK at no extra cost. I am reminded that I found in some old studies that psychoactive drugs had different effects in rodents at different times of the day. These timing effects clearly might be worth additional investigation.

Seeing the Changes 1051



Variable weather in Loughor with hail and sleet but Dovesfoot cranesbill (Geranium molle) in bloom and evidence of birds producing eggs.