Sep 252017
 
5 Cruel Animal Traditions That Make No Sense Today

Certain customs, passed down from generation to generation, stand the test of time. We outgrow others as times change — and that’s not always a bad thing. Animals have been victims of cruel human traditions for far too long, and it’s time to put an end to these five practices. 1. Hunting Hunting was once […]

Sep 242017
 
Pennington Marsh and Woodchat Shrike at Chipping Sodbury

Another beautiful sunny morning at Pennington Marsh and I decided to walk my normal circuit in reverse, first out past Fishtail and to Keyhaven and back past Butts and Jetty Lagoon and finally past Pennington Lagoon and Shoveler Pools. I had much of the morning to spare after dropping Tobias off so my birding was […]

Sep 242017
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on the shark fin trade?

The ocean activist group Sea Shepherd says it has delivered armed Timor-Leste police on to a Chinese-owned fishing vessel in a dawn raid and is detaining the vessels for the police after it was found targeting sharks. Following a two-week hunt for the Pingtan Marine Enterprises fleet, the Sea Shepherd boat M/Y Ocean Warrior found […]

Sep 232017
 
Wild Tigers to be Reintroduced to Kazakhstan After 70 Year Absence

Conservationists are applauding an announcement made this week by the Republic of Kazakhstan that it plans to reintroduce tigers to part of their historic range, where they’ve been absent for 70 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were believed to be 100,000 tigers living in the wild. Today, there are only estimated […]

Sep 222017
 
Federal (Scarlet-headed Blackbird) Amblyramphus holosericeus

El pasado 8 de Julio cuando fuimos con Willy a Ituzaingó unos días después que Lucho fotografió a la Monjita coronada en el Camping El Mirador mientras recorríamos el camino de entrada al camping observamos a una bandada de Federales volando sobre un pirizal a unos 100 metros del camino. Luego de revisar un poco […]

Sep 222017
 
POLL: Should trail (fox) hunting on National Trust land be stopped?

The fractious politics of hunting was far from the minds of Julian Smith and Becky Whitehead during a pleasant afternoon exploring Leicestershire’s only National Trust house – a 118-year-old cottage nestled in countryside just out of earshot of the M1. Nevertheless their views were clear, before a landmark vote next month that could prohibit trust […]

Sep 212017
 
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 16 Sep 2017

We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Alan Jonker wins First Prize for his brilliant capture “Buffalo at Night”. Dave Richards is awarded Second Prize for his outstanding image “Lesser Flamingos”. Winner of the Third Prize is Sherry Shepardson with “Someone’s Coming”. See detailed results below: (click on thumbnails for […]

Sep 212017
 
Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot

Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016. The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with […]

Sep 202017
 
Grouse Shooting

Recently I made a couple of trips into Bowland looking for some opportunities to photograph Red Grouse in amongst the purple heather. It didn’t quite work out as there was much activity from grouse shooters with guns and dogs. The large estates in Bowland are very busy at this time of the year with shooting […]

Sep 202017
 
POLL: Should the Grand Canyon Bison be culled?

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources. Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the […]

Sep 192017
 
Mashatu grazers and browsers

This is a fourth post from our recent trip to Mashatu Nature Reserve in south-eastern Botswana in mid-August 2017. In winter in Mashatu the grass dries and thins out. This forces grazers to become browsers but nature is bountiful. As one source of food disappears another more localised source appears. An adult Kudu bull with […]