Are bees wildlife?

Why don’t we see bees like another nuisance insect that stings like a vulgar scolopendra or worse, a mosquito? Somewhere deep down, humans have computed that these originally coloured flying darts are more than “just” insects. Bees are one of the most well spread out species families in the kingdom of life. Where there are […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Biodiversity is as Important as Carbon Dioxide

We have noticed a marked rise in the attitude that consists in declaring “it’s too late anyway, let’s get some popcorn and watch the world end”. We’re not exactly sure whether that came from electing a reality TV president, or from Hollywood creating too many catastrophic movies, but it’s an approach that has been doing […]

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Offshore Wind Farms Attract Marine Life with ‘Reef Effect’

(Image source: Wikipedia) A recent study by Dutch scientists and researchers have found that offshore wind farms bring a positive effect to marine wildlife by creating a ‘reef effect’ which makes the water perfect for marine animals, such as seals. A Positive Impact on Nature The Dutch study, titled ‘Short Term Ecological Effects of an […]

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Austria flouts EU law to cull otters

Lower Austria is planning to trap and shoot 40 otters in the very near future. This is in spite of the fact that otters are protected by the European Union Fauna and Flora Habitats Directive. This is in response to appeals from fishermen stating that there are too many otters. The numbers quoted for that […]

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Golden Spectacled Bear (The real Paddington bear)

By: Michael Tweddle Lucky to share this natural instinct by enjoying and admiring wildlife. Life has led me to travel to such places that when I was a child taught me characters as Jacques Cousteau and TV documentaries such as the National Geographic, Transtel Cologne and BBC among others. Happy today, after thirty years taking […]

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2016 – The Year of the Otter

Otters are special animals – not only are they wonderful to watch but they are great indicators to a healthy environment. And yet all over the world they are being exploited for commercial gain and in some places hunted almost to extinction. Did you know that for every tiger skin found there are at least […]

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Poll: Should the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal go ahead?

A Chinese company has launched work on a $50bn canal across Nicaragua, an ambitious rival to the Panama canal that sceptics dismiss as a pipe dream and environmentalists say will wreck the country’s ecosystem. The Chinese telecoms magnate behind the canal, Wang Jing, inaugurated the project at a ceremony in the southern town of Rivas […]

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Can Mull be a NNR whilst culling pine martens?

Hot topics Currently there are a few stories hitting the news across Mull; the possibility of Mull becoming a national nature reserve and the issue of the pine marten (Martes martes) breeding on the isle. It is safe to say I have some strong opinions on both of these hot topics. Here on the isle […]

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“The Eagle’s Way” – Book Review

Last season I read “The Last Wolf” by Jim Crumley and spent a little time afterwards reviewing it. His most recent publication came out this year and is very apt for my new position at Mull Eagle Watch on the Isle of Mull. “The Eagle’s Way” is a book focusing on the two eagle species […]

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NON-PROFIT expedition workshop to see polar bears in Svalbard, 2014

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage in the High Arctic to experience polar bears in their environment, while learning about their biology, their current and future status, the threats against them, and what you can do to help protect them. While we will provide and ensure the full experience that a regular small-ship expedition cruise […]

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