Wednesday, 10 August 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/08/fish-consumption-rises-despite-campaign). People have reportedly been eating more fish but have not generally shown a long-term increase in their uptake of less familiar species (such as Pollack, Megrim and Sardines). It has also been pointed out that, although his campaign to change the law to ban discards by EU fishing fleets (the throwing back of dead or dying fish when they exceed the quota) has received general support, a number of experts believe that the real problem is the need to make the catching of all species sustainable (rather than simply increasing the diversity of what we eat). There is also a particular problem of species being caught to turn into fish meal for agricultural uses (as fertiliser or chicken feed)- apparently including Mackerel.
- August 10, 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
- August 09, 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2023325/Norway-polar-bear-attack-Michael-Reid-hero-shot-dead.html?ito=feeds-newsxml). There is a claim that the group were camping in a bear 'hot spot' (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/08/07/polar-bear-camp-was-perilous-place-to-put-up-camp-says-wildlife-film-maker-115875-23325235/). It also seems that the bears are generally spending reduced time on the declining ice floes looking for seals (a common prey) and have been forced to scavenge for alternative food sources on land. I would simply make 2 points. The first is that it is virtually impossible for people to be 100% safe in the vicinity of such animals (one of the very reasons that people go to this location). The second is that the bear didn't perceive itself as doing anything wrong (it's just the way they are). I do hope that the final outcomes don't involve a further removal of bears and/or a reduction in 'adventurous' activities.
Friday, 5 August 2011
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/03/garden-birds-avian-pox-virus?INTCMP=SRCH ). It is, apparently, difficult to see precise effects of the virus but it impairs both flight and vision. Concentrating the birds at feeding centres could facilitate transmission of the infective agent.
- August 03, 2011
Wild privet ( Ligustrum vulgare ) flowered in Loughor. In Bynea, Common figwort ( Scrophularia nodosa ); Thrift ( Armeria mariti...
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A study, using fluorescent microplastic beads, has shown that the larval forms of mosquito that live in freshwater and filter feed on alg...
A recent UK study looking at genetic-predispositions for producing elevated testosterone levels has apparently confirmed the view that t...