Pondering those godawful ‘pigeon spikes’

Pondering those godawful ‘pigeon spikes’

Modern society is growing increasingly disconnected from the natural world. That, unfortunately, is a fact. And it will come as no surprise to learn that many, particularly (but not limited to) those living in urban areas, have come to view wildlife as a hindrance in daily life or, worse still, a mere obstacle to be killed, [...]

Dwelling on Deer: Culls and Control

Dwelling on Deer: Culls and Control

There is no way around it, our small island is positively bursting with deer. So many in fact, that the issue of overpopulation and its subsequent implications are up there with the other great threats facing our countryside. And, arguably, of much greater concern than other issues prone to dominating the headlines - many of which, [...]

Perceptions of Wildlife: the Urban Humanist

Perceptions of Wildlife: the Urban Humanist

Following on from a recent blog post where I looked at my own perception of wildlife and the management of opinion-splitting species, I decided to start a new series of guest blogs. Posts which, I hope, will begin to look at the differences in stakeholder attitudes towards wildlife.  With the aim of comparing outlooks between [...]

Chronic Wasting Disease: A Major Threat To Europe’s Deer?

Chronic Wasting Disease: A Major Threat To Europe’s Deer?

2016, unfortunately, saw the first verified cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) outside of its native range in North America, identified back in March in  Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. Proceeded by confirmed cases of infection in wild Moose around Selbu, located 300km North of the first case. With the Norwegian Veterinary Institute confirming a fourth case [...]

Exploring My Personal Perception Of Wildlife

Exploring My Personal Perception Of Wildlife

It should come as little surprise that the majority of issues initially billed as human/wildlife conflicts actually centre more on conflict between stakeholder groups. Between humans and other humans, as opposed to man and beast. Wildlife, as a rule, is not overly confrontational, whereas people are. Thus many of the "big issues" in the realms [...]

Internal Conflict and Future Decisions

Internal Conflict and Future Decisions

This week I began a Masters degree in Wildlife Management at Newcastle University - a course that quite honestly, I never expected undertake. Mainly because, on a personal level, the term "management" seems at odds with everything a younger me hoped to achieve. Standing in direct conflict with the predefined, pristine image of the countryside [...]

So, I’m going to be a student again!

So, I’m going to be a student again!

Woke up this morning to some jolly good news - an unconditional offer from Newcastle University. It now looks like, come September, that I will be studying for an MSc in Wildlife Management. Something that I feel fits really well with my interest in human/wildlife conflict, predator/prey dynamics and, of course, the constant conflict of [...]