Category: Blog Posts

Hen Harriers: not very good at being – er, Hen Harriers?

Maybe Hen Harriers are simply not very good at being Hen Harriers? Maybe the evolutionary adaptations to the harsh conditions, the specialised feeding rituals, the cryptic plumages, the non-specific diet which means these birds will eat almost anything they can catch…just don’t work? Or maybe, asks Charlie Moores, it’s more to do with illegal raptor persecution…

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Conservative Manifesto and fox hunting

Boris Johnson launched the Conservatives’ general election Manifesto over the weekend. The focus was on spending plans and Brexit, but one line has seen significant comment from pro-wildlife campaigners. At the bottom of page 43 was the short statement: “We will make no changes to the Hunting Act”. What, asks Charlie Moores, would that mean in reality?

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French government okays glue sticks

The French government has – again – okayed the hideous cruel and indiscriminate practice of trapping migratory birds using glue-sticks. And just have a read of how a ‘hunter’ justifies his selfish and mediaeval hobby: “It is no more cruel than anything else in my opinion…But maybe I see it through the eyes of love.” Yeah, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than luring small birds to sticky traps where they either die like flies stick to flypaper or are condemned to a cage and used to lure in more birds…

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Podcast: Kate Bradbury | Minister of Urban Spaces One Year On

Kate Bradbury is an author, campaigner, and gardener. She is passionate about organic, wildlife-friendly gardening and brilliantly detailed her struggle to bring lfe back to a ‘decked, barren backyard’ in ‘The Bumblebee Flies Anyway’. She works tirelessly to inspire others to create better habitats for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces, and was the perfect choice to take on the role as Minister for Urban Spaces.

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