Saturday, 31 October 2015

Seeing the Changes 1014





A mixed day in Loughor with the appearance of a whole range of fungi along with a solitary Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Running Out of Puffin


A report suggests that the Puffin and the Turtle dove are amongst the species of birds most at risk of 'extinction' on UK shores, given their current rates of decline (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/29/puffin-turtle-dove-extinction-uk-endangered-species). It is unclear whether their numbers are increasing elsewhere in the world (as might happen if the declines are largely consequences of climate change, which can displace species) or on a downward spiral everywhere (perhaps suggesting that direct anthropogenic-human-mediated- actions account for the declines).

Caterpillars to Post












Some of the varied caterpillars from Sikkim (NE India), showing a range of strategies to minimise predation.

Bear-faced Robbery?

Yet another example of the tension between people and conservation is seen in the recent responses of people in rural Romania to a hunti...