Thursday, 31 May 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9300074/Plans-to-destroy-buzzard-nests-shelved-in-coalition-u-turn.html). The whole idea seemed to be based on supposition rather than science, as the poor old Buzzard is not much of a predator (being quite partial to road kill and even Earthworms when needs must).
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Sunday, 27 May 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/26/eu-farming-policies-bird-population?newsfeed=true). The changes in the numbers of Grey partridge, Linnet, Meadow pipit, Starling, Tree sparrow, Turtle dove etc have been extraordinary (seemingly much worse than those seen at the height of the DDT impact). As similar practises are being adopted by newer EU members, this is likely to exaccerbate the problem. Perhaps agricultural policy needs to focus on factors over and above simple cheap food production?
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Thursday, 17 May 2012
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18091708). The intention is to reduce the risk of stroke, coronary heart attacks etc. I am somewhat concerned given the well-documented side effects of these hormones on feeling of lethargy, effectiveness of memory etc. Although it is difficult to motivate people, I still think that dietary and exercise changes would be a beter fix.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18013101). Being ahead of his time, he recognised that conservation needed to protect habitats where species lived rather than to just focus on the favoured species per se. This also led to the idea that public access to such areas was important if one wanted to encourage continued support for such initiatives. The only addition to his thinking that seems to have been added is the attempt to link together protected areas to enhance their functionality.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
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