Monday, 14 November 2011
University can be a little annoying sometimes, but I do enjoy it, I am currently working on an assignment looking at what has made the red squirrel decline in the UK and it is bringing up some interesting facts. It is not just the parapoxvirus causing the decline, the other major factor is the red squirrels being killed on the road. I'll keep you updated on this.
Saturday, 12 November 2011
These photographs are from a trip to Pensthorpe back in June (that's such a long time ago now).
|Ruff Philomachus pugnax|
|Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans|
|Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum|
|Redshank Tringa totanus|
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
|Forest Bug nymph|
Monday, 27 June 2011
|Tawny Owl 1|
I've missed writing on here an awful lot, and I've got a huge back log of things I've wanted to write on here, but I'm sure over the next few days I'll be able to get back on track.
I've been bird ringing for about a year and a half now. At the beginning of May 2011, I went out with my ringing trainer and checked owl boxes where tawny owls Strix aluco may be breeding. There were approximately 10 owl boxes to check, three of these boxes had tawny owls in, and 2 had eggs. The eggs were left, but the chicks couldn't be rung because they were too young, so it was arranged to come back in 2 weeks to check.
|Tawny Owl 2|
|Tawny Owl 3|
So 2 weeks went by and I went back out with my ringing trainer. The next boxes with eggs in hadn't hatched unfortunately, and one box now had 1 chick not 2 so it was assumed due to the lack of food sources one owl had eaten the other. Looking back at past records of tawny owl ringing there has been quite a decline in the numbers this year due to the bad winter we had here in the UK.
The photograph (Tawny owl 4) was taken at the beginning of May. The Tawny owl 5 photograph is the same chick 2 weeks later.
|Tawny Owl 4|
|Tawny Owl 5|
Friday, 3 June 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
- 'Where do the fish come from?'
- 'Are the population in decline?'
- 'How was it caught?'
- 'Why is that sustainable?'
- 'Can you recommend the most sustainable fish option for me?'
This booklet states the following: 'If your supplier doesn't know where the fish comes from - or can't answer the questions, the chances are that it doesn't come from a sustainable source'.
Greenpeace's red list of fish to avoid are highlighted, these species have a very high risk of coming from unsustainable sources. This list can be found at: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/seafood/red-list-of-species/
Joint best: Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencers, 2nd: Waitrose. 3rd: The Co-Operative, 4th: Tesco, 5th: ASDA, 6th: Morrisons, 7th: John West, WORST: PRINCES
Greenpeace also states the following: ' Sustainability is not just about fresh fish. If you're buying tinned tuna, make sure it's pole and line caught'
Saturday, 29 January 2011
A lot of wildlife will be under threat because they depend upon the forests for food and shelter. Nightjars, deer, redstarts and insects are just a few examples of the species that could be under threat.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A lot has happened since October: plans to move to Shetland, plans to go to Borneo to help with the orangutan project and meeting David Bellamy. Moving to Shetland and visiting Borneo is a task that cannot be planned over night it involves a lot of planning and of course money is the big issue especially in this economic downturn. Within the next few years I will hopefully be going to Borneo, Shetland may have to wait a while longer.
My University course is going well and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Some of the modules have not been easy at University but I knew it wasn't going to be. Already I am making plans on what to do for my dissertation assuming I pass my final year of my FdSc.
I'll update soon.