Category: Blog Posts

New soap launch to help rescue wildlife and restore habitats in Australia

Lush will launch a global limited edition All The Wild Things soap (£5) in stores from 24th January (available online now [with the tagline “Neighbours should be there for one another”]). Proceeds from the soap will form the Bush Animal Fund, from which grassroots organisations supporting wildlife welfare and habitat restoration can apply for grants.

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Guest post: Ellie Walliker | Hare Coursing in Cambridgeshire

Guest post by Cambridgeshire resident Ellie Walliker. Hare coursing incidents in Cambridgeshire have increased dramatically since 2009. Despite the formation of the police’s Operation Galileo (#OpGalileo), which involves 12 police forces, hare coursing related incidents still happen weekly. Reasons why coursing is so prevalent in this fenland county are that coursers trespass on private land and this can easily go unnoticed, particularly at dusk. Coursers are not renowned for their politeness and gentle nature and their complete lack of compassion is not restricted to those of the furred or feathered variety.

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Podcast: Mary Colwell | Working to save Curlews

In 2016 naturalist and broadcaster Mary Colwell walked 500 miles across Ireland, Wales, and England to raise awareness of how the once-common Common Curlew was disappearing from the countryside. As she wrote at the time, “I undertook this walk alone and unpaid. I am passionate about saving these birds.” Charlie Moores talked with Mary about her ongoing efforts to save Curlews – including the development of an online ‘toolkit’ aimed at fieldworkers and volunteers.

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Podcast: Mary Colwell | A Natural History GCSE

Many of us with an interest in the natural world have known for years that children and young people are spending less and less time outdoors. Losing their connection with nature. A recent survey suggested that many children can’t identify common garden flowers. Half couldn’t identify arguably the UK’s most distinctive bird – the Kingfisher. A fifth of young people can’t identify a badger (despite one featuring in the badge of Harry Potter’s very own Hufflepuff House). Mary Colwell had an idea to help turn that around…

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Dead and Dying | Old World Vultures 101

Vultures have a bit of a poor reputation. They’re often thought of as little more than dirty scavengers with ‘faces only a mother could love’, typically photographed with their heads stuck inside a corpse or fighting over dead or dying animals. The reality, though, is more nuanced. play hugely important roles in many ecosystems, helping to reduce the spread of disease and bacteria by cleaning up carrion (vultures have very strong stomach acid, which allows them to feed on carcasses infected with anthrax and rabies unlike many other scavengers). In their absence, carcasses take three times as long to decompose, and contacts between mammal scavengers at carcasses increase three-fold. Sadly, though , Vultures are now one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet.

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The Rubber Dodo Award 2019

The North American-based Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – which works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction, through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive – is launching its annual search for “the most outrageous eco-villain of 2019”. As you might expect, writes Charlie Moores. Trump-appointees and relatives feature, but who – or what – might we nominate here in the UK?

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