Saturday, 19 January 2019

Seeing the Changes 1388




Nature stirring! Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and Black poplar (Populus nigra) with catkins in Penclacwydd. More remarkable, was the observation that Ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis) was in bloom in Loughor.

Friday, 18 January 2019

One Great Deal We Might Want to Reconsider?


Making meat from the US more accessible in the UK might not be totally beneficial, as records have shown an almost doubling of the recalls of potentially lethal beef and chicken since 2013 (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/18/us-meat-poultry-recalls-nearly-double-since-2013). The main problems are Salmonella and Listeria, probably linked to the over-use of antibiotics as growth stimulants in the US (this would obviously encourage the development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria). Strangely, contaminated meat doesn't have to be withdrawn, it is said,  unless it has been linked to human illness.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

It May Be a Healthy Diet But I'm Not Sure I Could Take It?


It is certainly the case that much is wrong with our diets in the UK, with obesity reportedly being a bigger killer than the contribution made by smoking, unsafe sex and every other unhealthy activity. What we eat also clearly has a major detrimental influence on the environment of the planet. I am not sure, however, whether I would be able to live on the menu proposed in this article (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/17/seeds-kale-red-meat-once-a-month-diet-save-the-world). It certainly would be an end to cookery programmes and eating out. I also suspect that, if red meat was only consumed once a month, it would become a very expensive item.

Birder's Bonus 187


Groups of waders on the banks of the Loughor at Bynea. Possibly Godwits?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Before He Croaks


A Bolivian Water frog, labelled Romeo by his keepers, has apparently had his prayers answered (https://www.geek.com/news/romeo-finds-his-juliet-in-the-bolivian-wilderness-1769682/). This has all been done without his dating app on the web. Although there was a fear that he might be the last of his line, a female has been located in a stream and the hope is to introduce the pair with a view to generating froglets that can be used in reintroduction programmes. Amphibia, across the globe, are currently having a very tough time.

Insectecide


A scientist, returning to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years, has found that circa 98% of ground-based insects have disappeared (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/insect-collapse-we-are-destroying-our-life-support-systems). I suspect that this destruction of  'our life support systems' is even more intense in many parts of the world.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Birder's Bonus 186


A Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is back on the peanuts in my Loughor garden!

Seeing the Changes 1388

Nature stirring! Alder ( Alnus glutinosa ) and Black poplar ( Populus nigra ) with catkins in Penclacwydd. More remarkable, was th...