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Monday 27 April 2009

Butterflies in crisis

Britains butterflies are suffering a dramatic decline. Can they be saved?

Read more at The Guardian.

Right at this moment I have a Large White butterfly crysylis attached to the frame of the back door. It should emerge in May or June.

Crysylis of the Large White (Cabbage) butterfly

Crysylis of the Large White (Cabbage) butterfly


Filed under: Wildlife — GS @ 3:20 am
Saturday 15 November 2008

British insects and invertebrates in startling decline

The Independent reports that some species of insects and invertebrates have declined by more than 80% in recent decades.

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Filed under: Wildlife — GS @ 4:44 am
Thursday 16 October 2008

Thuggish geese

Autumn leaves at Castlefield, Manchester

Imagine the scene: a beautiful sunny Autumn day on the banks of the canal in Castlefield, golden leaves rustling above my head.

I sit down on a bench, lift my Greggs chargrilled chicken sandwich out of the paper bag and suddenly I’m surrounded by three large geese. One of which keeps running up to me, trying to get at my sandwich.

Persistent goose at Castlefield, Manchester

I get the impression that this bird knows exactly what tactics are most likely to get a result. He’s large, really quite intimidating and at one point I retreat behind the bench. But eventually I realise that I can keep him at bay by stretching out my legs. So I sit down again. Actually he’s not that bad after all. Quite cute.

But what’s this? Sudden a ‘honking’ sound in the distance. Two really big swans arrive, leap out of the water, wings open and run towards me. They could probably break your wrist with a peck, so I leap behind the bench again. Much to the amusement of some people who are passing safely on the other side of the canal.

Swans at Castlefield, Manchester

Eventually the swans give up and take to the water again. One flaps its huge wings and they sail off into the distance.

Swans at Castlefield, Manchester

Swans at Castlefield, Manchester

Take my advice, if you’re thinking of relaxing with a sandwich, stick to Piccadilly Gardens…


Filed under: Environment,Wildlife — GS @ 8:41 pm
Friday 4 May 2007

‘Devastating global warming can be avoided’ — but it depends on your definition of ‘devastating’

The Guardian writes that devastating global warming can be avoided without excessive economic cost but only if we act now and limit the temperature increase to 2C.

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Filed under: Environment — GS @ 3:31 pm
Thursday 21 September 2006

Red Squirrel Week

A red squirrel in the garden

Excited to see a red squirrel in the garden this morning. It was being chased by more than a dozen sparrows. They have made the overgrown clematis their base and I expect they saw the squirrel as a predator.

From 30th September to 8th October 2006 it’s Red Squirrel Week. This one was nine days early!

Northumberland is one of the last strongholds for the red squirrel, which has been driven out of most of England over the past 100 years by the grey squirrel.

These stills are from some video that will be up on the site in a few days as part of a longer film.

A red squirrel in the garden

More about red squirrels:

Red Alert

BBC Radio 4

Northumberland National Park


Filed under: Environment,Wildlife — GS @ 6:27 pm
 
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