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Nature on Your Patch - Gordon McGlone

Nature on Your Patch - Gordon McGlone | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Wildlife Trusts will be exhibiting at BBC Gardeners's Live showing how to enjoy and make the most of Nature on Your Patch
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Nature in the garden is one of life's greatest joys (even when it's a gang of jackdaws taking rather too much advantage of the fat-ball reader).


The Wildlife Trusts will be exhibiting at BBC Gardeners Live this year  showing ways of making the garden wildlife rich, so there is now an extra reason to join the 90000 strong throng that visits the exhibition.  


And if you can't make the show their website has plenty of advice on how to make your patch even more wildlife friendly.

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Application received to shoot 10 buzzards to protect pheasant shoot

Application received to shoot 10 buzzards to protect pheasant shoot | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The RSPB is concerned to learn that Natural England - the UK Government's nature conservation agency - is considering a licence application to trap and shoot 10 buzzards to protect young pheasants.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

This is not the first application that Natural England has received for permission to cull buzzards; it should give the applicant a firm no.  Natural England's job is to protect our wildlife and natural heritage and not kow tow to applicants who believe that they should be able to make money out of the countryside without respecting predators and complex ecology.  

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We are killing species at 1000 times the natural rate

We are killing species at 1000 times the natural rate | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Bad news, we are extinguishing species at an astonishing rate without knowing how many we can lose before ecosystems collapse
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The current geological period has been called the Anthropocene - a time dominated by humans to the extent that a permanent mark has been left on the world.   Species are becoming extinct at 1000 times the natural rate.  Time is not on our side if we are to avoid ecosystem collapse.

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Baby mammoth wonder will unleash your inner child

Baby mammoth wonder will unleash your inner child | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Lyuba, the world's only complete woolly mammoth and star of a new exhibition at London's Natural History Museum, has a complex tale to tell
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"On loan from the Shemanovsky Museum in Salekhard, Siberia, Russia, Lyuba stayed frozen in Siberian ice until 2007. That was when a reindeer herder and his sons chanced upon her body, which had surfaced near the Yuribei river in northern Russia's Yamal peninsula. At 85 centimetres, she was the height of a human toddler, but if she had reached adulthood, she might have ended up over 3.1 metres high at shoulder height, weighed in at five or six tonnes, and lived up to 60 years."

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In pictures: The top 10 list of newly discovered species

In pictures: The top 10 list of newly discovered species | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
A secretive tree-living carnivore from the cloud forests of the Andes heads this year's top 10 list of newly discovered species.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

There is still work to be done in understanding the natural world that is both taken for granted and undervalued.

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River's rare beavers face cull threat - Telegraph

River's rare beavers face cull threat - Telegraph | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Family of beavers living in River Otter in Devon in danger of cull by Defra because of fears they could carry parasite tapeworm
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Over Abstraction

Over Abstraction | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Over-abstraction is the permanent or temporary removal of water from water environments such as rivers, canals and lakes. Water quantity is very important in sustaining healthy river ecology.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Rivers, streams and lakes have been looked on as cheap substitutes for carefully managed reservoir systems.  But all these water systems draw on the same pluvial power - rainfall.  Take too much in one place and downstream systems (the fluvial bit) suffer.

Our watercourses are pale shadows of their pre-industrial states.  River run Salmon was once a commodity food for navvies and labourers.  

Something is still very wrong with our waterways; they run on a joined up seasonal hydrological systems whereas our economy judders along on broken logic and short term profits.  There is a lot more to do for healthy hydrological systems and healthy society.

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Gallery - Six natural treasures of Africa's Virunga park

Gallery - Six natural treasures of Africa's Virunga park | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

"Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is threatened by oil prospectors. Here are some of the unique wonders within its borders"

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Six living jewels of Virunga which are under threat of theft by the oil industry.

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Migratory birds on brink of extinction in Britain - Telegraph

Migratory birds on brink of extinction in Britain - Telegraph | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Experts issue warning on World Migratory Bird Day about decline of species such as the turtle dove, cuckoo and nightingale
Gordon McGlone's insight:

What a dark irony that on the same day that I have posted the story of the BBC plan to recreate their pioneering outside broadcast of nightingale on its 90th anniversary there is a warning for Migratory Bird Day that this bird is at risk of extinction.

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Why You Need a Resilience Strategy Now

Why You Need a Resilience Strategy Now | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Five core components to help businesses withstand a stormy world.
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Threat or opportunity; businesses like communities need to plan for greater resilience.


"Nobody can prepare for every possible outcome. Randomness, of course, is a prime element of our new business reality. But we can build systems that are better prepared than they are now. And, sure, it’s a challenge to value resilience: How much is your business damaged by a breakdown in your supply chain, or a threat to your ability to operate? How much will it cost all of us if we let the drivers of deep volatility, like climate change, go unchecked?

It’s not easy to say, but let’s avoid finding out.".

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El Niño forecasters must not repeat mistakes

El Niño forecasters must not repeat mistakes | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The effects of the huge El Niño of the 1990s were all the worse because cautious forecasts didn't allow people to prepare. It shouldn't happen again
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Extract-

"Should emergency plans be triggered now? That is a call for governments to make, weighing up the cost of preparing for an event that may not happen with the risk of not doing enough. But without clear and honest forecasts, those decisions cannot be made at all. Forecasters ought to be just as embarrassed about no prediction as they would be about a wrong one."

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 8, 2014 8:54 AM
The message is clear - don't leave preparations too late; El Niño is an unforgiving climatic state.
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Pine martens return after 200 years

Pine martens return after 200 years | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
A report finds pine martens are starting to re-colonise the south of Scotland after being absent from most of the area for nearly 200 years.
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Vincent Wildlife Trust has been the leading charity working solely on rare or difficult to study mammals in Britain and  Ireland. 

"We are the leaders in promoting the recovery of Pine Martens across the UK and Ireland.  Our strapline is 'Building on the past, shaping the future'.

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Alsace farmers launch €3m scheme to save endangered hamster

Alsace farmers launch €3m scheme to save endangered hamster | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Population of Great Hamster of Alsace to be revived from fewer than 1,000 at a potential cost more than €3,000 per rodent
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It's go for the flows!

It's go for the flows! | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Heritage Lottery Fund gives full approval to multi-million pound environmental investment.
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Carbon sink does not do justice to the unique wildlife rich blanket peat bogs of the Flow Country.  The Heritage Lottery Fund £4M grant will help pay for this biodiversity Cinderella to come to the conservation ball.


"This will be a first for the UK, and we hope it will bring volunteers, PhD, MSc and BSc students from across the UK and further afield, to work alongside RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff. Such visitors will have the opportunity to train in restoration and monitoring techniques and contribute to this emerging centre of excellence in peatland ecology, hydrology and carbon capture, collaborating with the Environmental Research Institute and other academic institutions in the UK."

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RSPCA confirms commitment to fight against new badger cull

RSPCA confirms commitment to fight against new badger cull | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The RSPCA has confirmed it is committed to fighting a badger cull as the date draws near for shooting to resume.

The charity said it is bracing itself for an influx of calls from concerned members of...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

"Head of public affairs at the RSPCA David Bowles said: “More than 1,800 badgers were culled last year as part of the Government’s ill-considered policy and despite an independent expert panel report in to the scheme reporting it was both ineffective and inhumane they are pushing forward with the cull anyway. It is an embarrassment."

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New study shows vulture-killing drug kills eagles too

New study shows vulture-killing drug kills eagles too | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Veterinary diclofenac is now 'a global problem' threatening a host of already vulnerable birds of prey
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Is this a portent of big trouble at the top of Europe's avian food chains?  Diclofenac is deadly to vultures and now it would appear that eagles are vulnerable too.  The licence for use in Europe looks ill considered and a step too far.


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Rare bird gets a new champion!

Rare bird gets a new champion! | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Tessa Munt MP becomes first south west "species champion". MPs in the West Country are to be asked to lend political support to the protection of the region's threatened wildlife by becoming South West "Species Champions".
Gordon McGlone's insight:

What a great idea - asking MPs to learn about a threatened species and become the species champion.


"The initiative has been launched this month by RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Bumblebee Conservation, Buglife, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation,The Wildlife Trusts and National Trust. Initially just three MP’s have been approached, but it’s hoped to roll out the project more widely in 2015."


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Lonely snake rediscovered in footsteps of a legend

Lonely snake rediscovered in footsteps of a legend | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Only a single Clarion nightsnake was brought back from Mexico by legendary naturalist William Beebe – until a modern researcher returned to its
Gordon McGlone's insight:

In amongst all the depressing 'Doomwatch' alerts it is even more thrilling to read of scientific discoveries / confirmations of new species.  Snakes need friends too.

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After the badger cull, is Defra planning to kill Devon’s beavers?

After the badger cull, is Defra planning to kill Devon’s beavers? | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The first confirmed sighting of wild beavers in England in hundreds of years delighted environmentalists.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water.


"Derek Gow, an independent ecologist who studies beavers, said he feared Defra was using the threat of a rare parasite tapeworm found in the European beaver, called Echinococcus Multilocularis (EM), as a “smokescreen” to remove the three animals found in Devon."

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Are We Bothered? | George Monbiot

Are We Bothered? | George Monbiot | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Not enough George Monbiot.  We are arrogantly complacent measuring the decline of nature in the UK against a very low biodiversity benchmark.  Our wildlife NGOs see the need, RSPB has busily shifted its colours from birds to nature, but the public concern trend is heading in the wrong direction.

Must do better.

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Fresh call for urgent action to save Scotland's struggling seabirds

Fresh call for urgent action to save Scotland's struggling seabirds | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
RSPB Scotland proposes 7 marine sites to be designated Special Protection Areas under EU law
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BBC relives first wildlife broadcast 90 years on

BBC relives first wildlife broadcast 90 years on | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
BBC Radio 4 is marking the 90th anniversary of the first broadcast of a wild animal not in captivity with a modern recreation between Beatrice Harrison and a nightingale in her garden
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Natural history broadcasting is now a staple of TV and Radio schedules; 90 years ago on May 19th saw the genesis this new genre.  The BBC has stayed at the forefront ever since and plans to repeat the first live broadcast.

In the meanwhile Nightingale populations have declined as has the quality and diversity of the natural world.  Something that was not widely foreseen in 1924.

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RSPB Scotland welcomes condemnation of bird of prey poisonings by Highland Council

RSPB Scotland welcomes condemnation of bird of prey poisonings by Highland Council | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Motion supported by all political groupings seeks to "reinvigorate the fight against all wildlife crime in the Highlands"
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Poisonings of birds of prey in Scotland, presumably by the vindictive and ignorant, is a serious threat to both long established and recently established populations.  There is no excuse for this crude and indiscriminate slaughter.

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South West demands re-think of NFU TB policy

South West demands re-think of NFU TB policy | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
SOUTH West farmers have called on the NFU to fundamentally re-think its approach to bovine TB following Defra’s decision not to roll out badger culling to new areas this year.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

The culling of badgers remains central to the NFU view of bovine TB management despite both public and scientific evidence that it is neither cost effective, publicly acceptable or scientifically grounded.

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Badger culling remains at the forefront of NFU calls for changes to strategy.
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World is unprepared for major El Niño later this year

World is unprepared for major El Niño later this year | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Wild weather is coming in 2014, with floods, storms and droughts expected around the Pacific, but little is being done to protect the people on the front
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Summary

"Monsoon disruption

Asia and Australia will see less rainfall as a result of El Niño, leading to drought and wildfires. But many impacts depend on how El Niño affects the monsoons, which is hard to predict.


"There is no other phenomenon that can influence the monsoons like El Niño," says Krishna Kumar of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune. If it weakens the Asian monsoons, it will threaten the food supply of billions of people.


Most El Niños weaken east Asian monsoons, but the Indian monsoon may survive. El Niños have caused the Indian monsoon to fail, however the 1997-98 El Niño didn't, despite being the biggest on record (Science, doi.org/fj7cbx). Kumar says the coming El Niño looks similar to the 1997-98 event, so India might be lucky."

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