I’m pleased to have a link to our 1st video – it is ringing nightjars in Dorset, a beautiful adult and juvenile caught on 29th August 2010.
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The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) runs a network of over 2,500 trained amateurs, who together ring over 900,000 birds each year. The [...]
The current obsession with ‘carbon neutral’ – in many ways a very good one – has meant that people are very keen to label things carbon neutral when in fact they are nothing of the sort. Biofuels is a prime example. If you look at it simply – you burn a tree and release [...]
The world’s smallest seahorse is now being threatened by the world’s largest accidental marine oil spill.
The BP oil spill began with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April this year and led to the release of almost 5 million barrels of crude oil. The effect of the spill [...]
In 1995 the USA controversially approved Bt cotton for commercial use. Fifteen years on its effect on farming and the rural community have been analysed in a study from the University of Göttingen.
Bt cotton is resistant to many caterpillar and beetle pests, so it reduces the amount of pesticide needed to control these [...]
When people first realised the effect we have on wildlife, they instantly started to protect it. Generally the more impressive a species was the more it was deemed to be worth saving. But now we’re realising that there are far more reasons for protecting wildlife than ‘we like it’, and this changes what we [...]
The UK has 24 bumblebee species left, but we’ve already seen 2 extinctions. In Europe, intensive agriculture is thought to be the greatest cause of bumblebee declines, due to the loss of wildflowers and nesting sites. However, not all species are declining at the same rate and we don’t really know why.
As always, [...]
Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are together one of the world’s leading agricultural producers – Russia alone produces over 10% of the world’s potatoes. However, the potential potato crop is almost halved due to factors such as weediness, viruses, cold winters and dry summers. Another cause of major losses is the Colarado beetle, an invasive [...]