Saturday, 18 March 2017

I Got the (Large) Blues


A former Bristol bodybuilder has reportedly been found guilty of capturing, killing and mounting Large blue butterflies taken from 2 reintroduction sites in Daneway Banks and Collard Hill (www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/16/collector-captured-killed-specimens-uks-rarest-butterfly-court/). The butterfly was driven to extinction in the UK before attempts were made to reintroduce it. This was made much more difficult by the prices that people can charge for specimens disguised to look like (legal) Victorian exhibits. Apparently, the accused claiming that he was trying to catch parasitic wasps with a shrimping net in the 2 locations and that his butterfly specimens were obtained from overseas did not convince.

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Pat Bateson

I have just noted the obituary of Sir Patrick Bateson 1938-2017 ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/14/sir-patrick-bateson-ob...