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Good grief, I’m in a journal…

This week saw the publication of a note in the Entomologists Record and Journal of Variation, by myself and the wonderful Nick Littlewood. The note itself, centred on a summer spent scrutinising the Lepidoptera of the Invermark Estate, in Angus. Detailing a number of interesting finds, including, a county second, a number of BAP species,…

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Monday Reading List

I love reading the blogs of other naturalists and do so near daily. Both as a means of gaining knowledge and inspiration, and as a way to revel in the experiences of others. Something made possible through the sheer talent and dedication of many online nature writers. I assume that most of the people browsing…

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A Truly ‘Wild’ Birthday

Yesterday marked my birthday, my 23rd to be precise, an event that, in all honesty, would usually have been defined by copious amounts of alcohol and the bright lights of Newcastle. This year, however, that was far from the case. And instead of celebrating in typical “young” person fashion, I choose to do something a…

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A Disgraceful Decision by Natural England

This week, in an incomprehensible show of ignorance, Natural England granted a licence for a Northumbrian gamekeeper to lethally control “up to 10 Buzzards” to protect non-native pheasant poults.  This appalling announcement comes less than a year after the High Court ruled that Natural England was “wrong” to deny keeper Richard McMorn a license to kill…

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It’s Time for a WILDER Britain

Nothing is certain in post-Brexit Britain, not least the protective legislation that safeguards our wildlife. The safety net provided by EU directives has been cast aside and now our countryside fa… Source: It’s Time for a WILDER Britain

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Personal Update

As many of you will know, I have been rather busy of late undertaking another field season in the Scottish Highlands. Due to this, my blogging efforts have been rather lax of late. It is however, both humbling and rather delightful to see so many people continuing to read my various wildlife-related bits and pieces.…

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Flaviu – An Inadvertent Pioneer?

Almost a fortnight past, Dartmoor Zoo was the location of a daring escape. One centred on Flaviu, a male Carpathian Lynx, and his successful break for freedom. Slipping off the shackles of his captivity mere hours after being transferred to the zoo from Kent and quickly melting away into the Devon countryside where he remains…