Friday, 7 June 2019
Harrying the Hen Harrier
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/06/hen-harrier-chicks-to-be-reared-in-captivity-to-placate-grouse-moor-owners). Some people have opined that the programme is actually designed to placate the owners of grouse moors who regard these birds of prey as a menace (resulting, it is claimed, in some illegal killing of the protected raptors). One has to be very careful, when hand-rearing birds of prey, that they do not become imprinted on humans meaning they cannot function as viable wild animals. It is also very possible that the chicks need to acquire some aspects of behaviour from their parent birds in order to operate normally. I am also a bit concerned by what is meant as 'suitable habitat' (do they just mean 'well away from grouse moors'?
- June 07, 2019
Traveller's joy ( Clematis vitalba ) in flower in Loughor.
The fuss about allegedly suspect data emanating from the East Anglia University Climatic Research Unit and the 'theft' of emails fr...
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
Workers in Montreal have shown that adding boiling water to a single plastic tea-bag releases almost 15 billion micro and nano particles ...