Friday, 25 February 2011
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7052509.ece ). As in many other cases, the rats arrived on whaling boats and have decimated the island populations of ground nesting birds (they eat the eggs and the chicks). The South Georgia pipit, the most southerly song bird is one threatened species. Getting rid of all the rats in such a large area (80,000 hectares) is frought with problems as the terrain is difficult and the rats burrow effectively. The fact that greeny-blue poison pellets will be used as 'they are least attractive to birds' does not fill me with confidence.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Friday, 18 February 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/17/forestry-sell-off-policy-u-turn?INTCMP=SRCH ). It seems that the considerable public pressure from media friendly groups and political opposition has caused this change. I guess that the majority of these people didn't believe that the proposed access and management 'safe-guards' that were to be 'built in' could be relied upon. Perhaps there is hope for the badgers?
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/Pages/default.aspx ). I suppose much depends on who would do the buying. People interested in trees (largely pines) as a 'cash crop', are hardly likely to have public access and biodiversity high on their agendas. One could, however, make the case that some Forestry Commission plantations could be managed in more interesting ways with a greater emphasis on oaks and beeches etc. I am still not convinced that commerce and public enjoyment of the countryside is a happy mix.
Monday, 7 February 2011
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
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