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Where to see hen harriers

Where to see hen harriers | British wildlife | Scoop.it
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How can we have done this? So few of one species left, due to the greed of people and the casual attitudes towards our common lust for killing things that don't fit our lifestyle.  Humans create reasons for everything and lack shame for such acts.

 

Hope I get to see one before they no longer exist in the UK...

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In Defence of Life - standing up against the lust for culling wildlife

In Defence of Life - standing up against the lust for culling wildlife | British wildlife | Scoop.it
British officialdom and those they serve are obsessed with the killing of wildlife, writes Lesley Docksey. It seems that whatever the 'problem', from bovine TB to the serendipitous arrival of beavers in Devon, the reflex is the same - to kill wild animals. But increasingly, the British people aren't having it. And our fightback is making waves ....
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Finally one big group of words filled with passion,  glued together with some wholesome truth!  Those in favour of preserving lifes natural wildness will agree completely, those whose hobbies might be affected will obviously not.  Yet still the careless disregard that comes with thewildlife murdering mentality is far from weakened.  There is much to do and much life will be taken before a change dawns, lets hope it is not too late...

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Wings_of_Change_story.pdf

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The Barn Owl Trust do the one thing that so many of us don't...

 

share the information and work together to help make things better.  Albeit there is only one species in mind here, still this story is a sad truth of the life that has changed and affected many wild species in the UK from insect to Owl!!  For everyone who takes an interest, do have a read, take a moment out of this hectic life of ours and learn a tiny bit more about standing up for a species...  Well done BOT

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Barn owl web cam

Barn owl web cam | British wildlife | Scoop.it
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How the wonders of technology can bring us directly into the world of wildlife!  For anyone interested in the secret life of Barn Owls, here is a real demonstration of the tough challenge that faces the long winded process of reaching fledging.  For this pair, 7 successful asynchronously hatched young need a steady supply of small mammal to reach maturation, yet at that point, then face the same challenge as many species today, space, safety and food in amongst the challenge of the ever increasing changes that man demands. These natural species do their best to remain among us, we owe them a little thought.

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Plea for Ply...

Plea for Ply... | British wildlife | Scoop.it

One I made earlier! Indoor box for Barn Owl, the only way we can help support a failing species. We need some scruffy tufty grass to support the vole population too, then we shall definitely see more of our iconic white night visitor...

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Owl shopping list,

 

18mm marine ply

Roof Felt

Little Owl chick

Barn Owl chick

Tawny Owl chick...

 

Ok, hands up, of course I don't want all the chicks, not all at once anyway, but in truth, the merge of interest and campaign takes on the  wraps and questions surrounding both natural decline and captive imprint.

 

So can just anybody get more involved in doing more around raptors, yes of course they can, absolutely anyone can buy a bird!  But why would you?

 

Enter the falconer, bird handler, fancier, specialist, collector… All have one thing in common, they like Birds of Prey, some have access to the altered and controlled form of natural species, who, bred in captivity, can never live wild. Some will just watch others. Some will arrogantly believe that they have the right to own birds, some will make a fair amount of money keeping or breeding, showing, displaying,  basically using species to feed either their own interest of that of others.

 

Jobs are hard to come by, as not only is there a 'mantled' approach to the secret society of Raptor ownership, but also because it is just not well enough understood, discussed, protected or regulated. 

 

There is an immense amount to learn and understand when it comes to the 'falconers knot code' and all the intricate details of the imprint world. Most important is the first step of understanding that no bird is ever really tamed nor are they good 'pet' material, birds are hard wired and will never like you.  Try as you might, they have tools capable of immense damage, can demonstrate feeding aggression that can be quite intolerable, and unless you have achieved years of familiarisation to understand the fine balance of life and death in imprint care, then entering into a lifetime commitment to a bird is simply ridiculous. The best you can seek is a respectful tolerance… (that is you being respectful and the bird being tolerant!)

 

So, enough of the chit chat, http://www.bophampshire.com is a simple bit if information, selling nothing but the hope to encourage interest and shared collaboration that we all talk more about what we can do for our UK species, in particular the talon wielding Raptors who hold a magical intrigue, yet are slowly disappearing from what is fast becoming OUR habitat.

 

As for the marine ply, we are a bunch of volunteer conservationists, building nest boxes and installing them all for free.  Backed up with much investigation, education and graft. Donated materials from major suppliers, (You know who you are!) offered build space at friends, we just get on and do what we can.

 

Standing UP for SPECIES... 

 

 

 

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Barn Owl Project Hampshire

Barn Owl Project Hampshire | British wildlife | Scoop.it

An introduction and invitation to get involved in helping the Barn Owls of Hampshire in order to support the BTO and BOT in monitoring and registering activity and therefore offering Barn Owl data and housing with the hope of ensuring the species does not continue to decline

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In the beginning, there were all species, including this simple and quite attractive owl.  In todays world, they are among the thousands of species being squeezed out from the place they once were in balance with the environment.  WE DO need to consider poison, WE DO need to consider allowing grass areas to be naturally wild, WE DO need to care a little more about what is outside surviving the obstacles we constantly throw at them, then rearrange and add more.  Time we all stood up for a species...

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RSPCA chief executive leaves post - Telegraph

RSPCA chief executive leaves post - Telegraph | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Gavin Grant has left his position as chief executive of the RSPCA amid health concerns
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Save Britain's Barn Owls

Save Britain's Barn Owls | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Owls are dying off in their thousands but we can restrict the use of powerful rat poisons that contribute to their deaths. Click to protect this beautiful predator.
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It should be a simple case of change. We are affecting animals more widespread than just the Barn Owl, so unless those who care enough start to question, are we happy to watch live species die a slow death until there are no more? There is a petition that needs that push of kind hearted species to protect those who have no choice...
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Curb on rat poisons urged to protect barn owls

Curb on rat poisons urged to protect barn owls | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Almost 80,000 people sign petition calling for new rules on powerful pesticides blamed for rise in deaths
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Awareness is everytihing, in amongst the poor people struggling with floods are the thousands of our British wildlife species being drowned, starved and driven out where they can no longer exist in such harsh conditions. We imagine they will just pick up where they left off, yet for some, we have made it almost impossible for them to thrive, therefore only we can change things...
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BTO News - The BTO’s members' magazine | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

BTO News - The BTO’s members' magazine | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology | British wildlife | Scoop.it
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So for anyone interested in birds, you don't need to be a twitcher to appreciate a good organisation working its socks off to preserve that natural that birds need. Informed is always good and they are a very clever helpful bunch!
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Trust's fear for poisoned barn owls

Trust's fear for poisoned barn owls | British wildlife | Scoop.it
The Barn Owl Trust launches a petition calling on the government to tighten up the rules about using rat poison in a bid to protect the bird.
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We have to start somewhere, the more who understand it the better.
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Big Garden Birdwatch 25-26 January 2014

Big Garden Birdwatch 25-26 January 2014 | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Get ready to take part in the biggest wildlife survey in the world.
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Join in join up and be amaze balls at the wonder of the british bird population. Easy to join, interesting to most, vital to UK environmental tweaking! or should that be twittering...
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The Barn Owl Trust - How to control rats as safely as possible

The Barn Owl Trust - How to control rats as safely as possible | British wildlife | Scoop.it
The Barn Owl Trust is a national registered charity based in Devon, UK dedicated to conserving barn owls and their environment.
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Time to take some notice of exactly how and why SGAR's are significant in preserving the life of Barn Owls, rat infestation needs control but poison should be the last resort...
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Europe's vultures face extinction from toxic vet drug

Europe's vultures face extinction from toxic vet drug | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Vultures have become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet thanks to poisoning by the veterinary drug diclofenac. Now Birdlife has discovered that it's on sale in Europe - threatening to wipe vultures out and undermine significant EU investments in vulture conservation.
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So what?  Go meet a vulture or at least read a little more about them and decide then whether this is a concern. More importantly, you don't have to like birds, especially not the yuky muck eating vultures, but you do have to consider what we are doing to our race with drugs. Synthetic chemicals, not all bad I hope, but we take them every day, diclofenac (or voltarol) is a great anti-inflammatory that we use commonly now, goodness knows our human bodies have been exposed to chemicals for so long now it is hard to imagine that we are truly naturally organic anymore... 

 

So back to vultures, they eat all the dead shit and in so doing, their digestive system irradiates the diseases within that dead meat, protecting us from those diseases!  So one day they will become an essential and highly protected species as without them we would have so much more to deal with, I respect them as natural protectors of man, lets hope we can learn from our incidental poisoning mistake, lets hope there is enough left to maintain the species, lets face it, we did know all about this drug and the wipeout of vultures in Asia and Africa, keep up world...

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Pigeons of London...

Pigeons of London... | British wildlife | Scoop.it

For as long as I remember, they have always been a part of London.  Feral or Town Pigeons, grouped and clustered, scavenging on the scraps left by humans, but was it always that way??

 

Since childhood, the years have seen feral pigeons continue to muster, though now they often look sooty and somehow weaker.  Damaged feet and legs are a common sight, sick failing birds, quietly perishing on the pavement, something we don't even notice more often than not. Such is the speed of life and all the distraction for the London humans!

 

Yet not so many years ago, we took pride in our Trafalgar flock, part of the magic of our heritage, we even fed them grain! Today, wires, spikes and hawks are used to discourage them, yet this is where they reside.  Not only that, but they are wired to procreate and exist, the harder we try and push them out, the harder they will work to keep the species alive.

 

Should we not be looking at ways of encouraging them into areas where they can live with support instead of flailing harm at them in an endless fly swatting attempt to rid ourselves of their lifestyle. 

 

Seems we are happier to put cheese cutters out where once we simply took pride in our cleanliness. How about we get cleaner, then allow those other species chance to find natural food in areas where they can be left alone.  Just another idealistic dream? Bring back Mother Nature I say...

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Kestrel Magic

Kestrel Magic | British wildlife | Scoop.it

Mesmerising insight, falling in love with a species all over again...

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Recently, a young fluff covered bird crossed my path, picked up from the roadside, the rescuers did not know what it was, but did know that it needed help. First glimpse revealed a feisty fit young raptor, too young to be on the roadside, as the flight feathers, though beautiful, were not fully formed. It will remain a mystery how young Kestrel ended up on the road, all I know is that he was a lucky bird.

A once over revealed no injury, so a temporary nest box protected him for the night, alongside some food (raptor food of course)

 

It must be mentioned at this point, the passion for raptors is immense. For some reason, when you are bitten by the love of our Birds of Prey, you are totally besotted with everything they represent. Wildlife first aid and falconry training make essential tools when you realise what a special niche species they are.  Raptors loving humans is simply not possible. Tolerance is all you will ever receive, they are a hard wired species, there to live, breed and be as mother nature intended, part of the chain that is natural life.

 

But I am totally in love with this survivor. Shelter, safety, food... and bingo, time to transfer to a flying aviary, then open the door to freedom.  What a roller coaster. These birds are exquisite.  Clever, cute, sharp, alert but most of all, totally stunning.  Small fine stature, elegant and sleek, yet watching the progress of this young orphan has totally mesmerised, entertained and informed in a total overwhelming overdose of the actual real life drama of day to day Kestrel existence.

 

Rehabilitated within the guidelines of good practice, freedom can only be achieved without human interference, hence soft release produces the offering of food support, as the natural parents would have done in the wild.

 

I shall never look at another Kestrel the same again, the pure resilience, existence and magic of this small bird has taken my breath away.  Still he visits, resting in his safe zone and accepting occasional food top ups, it has been an immense privilege to have been able to offer refuge and protection when in reality it would have not lasted a day if it had not been spotted.

 

Magic in the shape of a small, elegant bird, whose first hovering attempts moved me beyond words...

 

 

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English grasslands in 'catastrophic decline'

English grasslands in 'catastrophic decline' | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Conservationists warn wildlife-rich grasslands are vanishing due to development, farming practices or neglect
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Essential for so many species from insect to mammal, these form part of the 'natural' that we no longer recognise as important, once we take a proper look at what is struggling and declining, will it be too late to unmanage the overmanaged land...?? Barn owls cannot survive what we are throwing at them, no food, no home plus a little added poison to ensure they feel like shit most of the time, come on England, lets make an effort!
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Hedgehogs in decline 'because badgers are eating them' - Telegraph

Hedgehogs in decline 'because badgers are eating them' - Telegraph | British wildlife | Scoop.it
A sharp decline in the number of hedgehogs in Britain has been blamed on badgers developing a taste for the prickly creatures.
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Headlines and statements can be very misleading, as both these species primarily hunt worms!  Establishing some more facts about the actual number of hogs who meet their demise when they run into Bodge would be much more helpful because I believe it is our roadways, fences, walls, buildings and slug pellets that have caused primary interruption to our prickled chap, hence we only notice the flat ones on the road and hold no record at all of the current thriving numbers living wild in truly wild areas, where they can coexist with the other species without a fight. My belief is that Badgers only eat Hedgehogs at times when food is scarce? but I would love to hear some more factual evidence based on the theory of why the Badger should suddenly change habits, or be blamed for snacking a little too often on the poor little hogs…  Should we not be pleased that Badger are successful, therefore focus on a little more support for the declining Hedgehog, more importantly stop blaming the animals and do something to preserve what ecosystem we have left

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The fate of the beauteous barn owl | Snowblog | Snowblog

The fate of the beauteous barn owl | Snowblog | Snowblog | British wildlife | Scoop.it
It is midnight and I am standing in a barn, deep in the west Berkshire countryside, searching for barn owls - the beautiful British birds threatened by rat poison and climate change.
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BOPH http://www.bophampshire.com Hampshire information all welcome...
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Save Britain's Barn Owls

Save Britain's Barn Owls | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Owls are dying off in their thousands but we can restrict the use of powerful rat poisons that contribute to their deaths. Click to protect this beautiful predator.
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It should be a simple case of change. We are affecting animals more widespread than just the Barn Owl, so unless those who care enough start to question, are we happy to watch live species die a slow death until there are no more? There is a petition that needs that push of kind hearted species to protect those who have no choice...
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Save our Barn owls!

Save our Barn owls! | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels.
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BOPH has launched an attempt at sharing news, supporting Barn Owls with more housing and getting word out that they just need more support and thought. Hampshire is on board and networking now... http://boph.simdif.com/
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BBC iPlayer - Bigscreen :: Spotlight

BBC iPlayer - Bigscreen :: Spotlight | British wildlife | Scoop.it
BBC iPlayer - Catch up on the last 7 days of BBC TV & Radio
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At about 12.5 minutes in there is a live report from the Barn Owl Trust, sign the petition and lets focus on how much poison we are using...
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Field vole videos, photos and facts - Microtus agrestis | ARKive

Field vole videos, photos and facts - Microtus agrestis | ARKive | British wildlife | Scoop.it
Learn more about the Field vole - with amazing Field vole videos, photos and facts on ARKive
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It starts from the roots, those who don't like raptors need not concern yourself but those who want to keep seeing them in the wilds of our wet Island, fill your boots on the learning curve of why we need to help these chaps thrive.
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Barn owls decline following freak weather which has killed thousands « Raptor Politics

Barn owls decline following freak weather which has killed thousands « Raptor Politics | British wildlife | Scoop.it
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Lets not take our eye off the ball! BTO atlas covers a period of 4 years up until 2011, so now in 2014 we are three years into a decline that needs to be addressed, taken seriously and acted upon, time to act, lets not lose them...
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