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Solastalgia – a quiet mourning

Solastalgia describes, according to philosopher Glenn Albrecht, the man who coined the term, “the feeling of distress associated with environmental change close to your home”. It seems to be a perfect word to describe a sadness that I’m sure many can feel sneaking up on us as we come out of lockdown, as we hurtle into a ‘new normal’ that I don’t think will look much different to the ‘old normal’.

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NFU loses badger challenge

Remember back last year when the NFU took it upon themselves to launch a judicial review to challenge a decision to NOT cull badgers in Derbyshire? Even though the NFU threw their toys as far out of the pram as they could, a judge said they should pick them up again and toddle off home (maybe not in those exact words, but the meaning was clear: “the judicial review challenge was dismissed on all grounds”). Perhaps they should have tried to hire Leigh Day, their lawyers seem to be good at winning judicial reviews…

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Scottish Badger Week 2020

We were contacted last week by Scottish Badgers, an independent Scottish charity founded in 1999 with encouragement from the Scottish Government, who perceived a need for a non-statutory body to work in this field. Scottish Badgers cooperates closely with the Badger Trust, whose activities cover all the other areas of the British Isles.ould we perhaps help your charity via a guest post or a podcast as well, we asked? Well, how about helping out with our Wild Wellbeing week which starts 18th May? Right up our street, we said, should be fun!

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What motivates gamekeepers? That’s not the point…

It does seem, according to a recent PhD research paper, that the prevailing view that gamekeepers are out to tally up as many dead ‘predators’ as possible partly because they enjoy it might indeed be correct. After all, if you spend your working life laying waste to wildlife just so that your employer can sell tame birds to shooters getting their rocks off using live animals for target practice you’d better enjoy it. It would be an unbearable way to pick up a wage otherwise, surely. But is ‘what motivates gamekeepers’ really the point?

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