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Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 11th September 2014, 16:16
Replies: 302
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Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Rarities aside, what are the regular...

Rarities aside, what are the regular breeders/winterers that would have been impossible in England in the last 40/50 years? Capercaillie and Scottish Crossbill definitely (though I wonder if the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 11th September 2014, 14:32
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
So people on the Western Isles, Shetland,...

So people on the Western Isles, Shetland, Aberdeenshire, and Dumfries are the same (politically and socially) as each other and as those in Glasgow, Berwickshire, and Argyll? Glasgow is fundamentally...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 11th September 2014, 13:54
Replies: 302
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Posted By AlfArbuthnot
But what are the chances of the SNP especially...

But what are the chances of the SNP especially (or whoever runs an independent Scotland) giving Shetland a referendum, as the UK has for Scotland?
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 11th September 2014, 12:33
Replies: 302
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Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Do you know how offensive many people find this...

Do you know how offensive many people find this sort of 'us people and those people' divisive garbage that Scottish Nationalists spout? They talk like English people are some kind of lumpen Home...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 11th September 2014, 12:11
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
When the three major parties and the Governor of...

When the three major parties and the Governor of the Bank of England (i.e the regulator and backer) say that there categorically wont be a currency union, that sounds like a non-negotiable position...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th September 2014, 23:20
Replies: 302
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Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Great, 18 months of uncertainty and argy-bargy,...

Great, 18 months of uncertainty and argy-bargy, while the global markets and companies withhold investment, or take it elsewhere, and the pound plummets because of months of nobody knowing what the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th September 2014, 16:38
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
So Labour is an 'English party' huh? Yet you say...

So Labour is an 'English party' huh? Yet you say it relies on its Scottish MPs? Sounds like a strong union party to me. But please try and refrain from the anti-English political rhetoric - maybe...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th September 2014, 15:41
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Currently you can demand that they be accepted....

Currently you can demand that they be accepted. The only reason some staff don't accept them is that they are not familiar with them, and you just have to 'educate' them. But after a currency split...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th September 2014, 15:39
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
They print sterling, with a different picture on...

They print sterling, with a different picture on it. In the event of a Yes vote, Carney says that his Bank of England wont go into a currency union. So, sooner or later, those banks would have to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th September 2014, 15:30
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Simple economies of scale. Smaller economies have...

Simple economies of scale. Smaller economies have smaller budgets, and a smaller pool of resources, facilities and talent. Places like St Kilda and other remote archipelagos could be more vulnerable...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 20:19
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Froma bit of googling, I think about 7% of the...

Froma bit of googling, I think about 7% of the population of Scotland are born in England, and another 7% born abroad (about 400,000 each, out of a total population of 5.3 million). I don't know...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 16:51
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
I agree to some extent, but there's a general...

I agree to some extent, but there's a general election in 2015, and it is quite possible that the national (English) mood will be to back whoever balances the best deal for England and the worst...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 14:17
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
The Universities element (where a lot of...

The Universities element (where a lot of conservation work is done) is interesting, and one thing which the article doesn't touch upon is the funding aspect. Currently Scotland can get away with...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 14:06
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Maybe not insurmountable, but a much bigger...

Maybe not insurmountable, but a much bigger headache than it otherwise might be, and probably more expensive (due to duplication, licenses, admin, legalities, facilities, funding inefficiencies etc.)...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 11:32
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Think of Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner moth - got...

Think of Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner moth - got here naturally, treated as invasive alien. Also 'continental' cormorant sinsensis - got here naturally, subject to control orders as an invasive. A lot...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 10:40
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
It could also have conservation repercussions,...

It could also have conservation repercussions, with regards to alien/native species classifications. If a species is native in Scotland (say, Crested Tit) but then becomes introduced in England, it...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 10:34
Replies: 302
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Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Funding is a parochial matter, and the RSPB, BTO,...

Funding is a parochial matter, and the RSPB, BTO, BOU, BOURC, SOC, UK Govt and SNP are parochial organisations by definition - hence the money generated from membership fees or taxation or whatever...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th September 2014, 08:24
Replies: 302
Views: 25,536
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
I think many could have a problem with membership...

I think many could have a problem with membership fees being spent propping up relict populations of Crested Tit or Capercaillie in a foreign country. RSPB don't spend money on these fairly...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 7th September 2014, 17:18
Replies: 5
Views: 1,738
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Vastly different scale, I think, with the guga...

Vastly different scale, I think, with the guga hunt having a quota of 2,000, and this one ship having an estimated cargo of 95,000! That's half a century worth of guga hunts on one Chinese-registered...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 7th September 2014, 13:42
Replies: 5
Views: 1,738
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Very surprised nobody has commented on this. A...

Very surprised nobody has commented on this. A big chunk of this slaughter is going to include British Gannets, which winter in that area. So the Chinese are effectively harvesting our Gannet...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 6th August 2014, 13:08
Replies: 100
Views: 12,739
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
That's pretty uncalled for. It's a debate, right?...

That's pretty uncalled for. It's a debate, right? A forum? So what's wrong with talking about why the conservation organisations have been banging on about this for 30 years with absolutely zero...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 5th August 2014, 21:52
Replies: 100
Views: 12,739
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
So why wont they be voting in the referendum?

So why wont they be voting in the referendum?
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 5th August 2014, 21:51
Replies: 100
Views: 12,739
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
But unless it can be shown otherwise, then it can...

But unless it can be shown otherwise, then it can be stated. And that's how Malta keeps its EU permission.

I don't like it any more than you do, or anyone else on here, but there's no point in...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 5th August 2014, 20:16
Replies: 100
Views: 12,739
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
Where's your references for that? I have in...

Where's your references for that?

I have in front of me State of Europe's Common Birds 2008, which gives stats for Turtle Dove since the 1980s:

Western Europe = 80% decline
Central and Eastern...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 5th August 2014, 16:22
Replies: 100
Views: 12,739
Posted By AlfArbuthnot
But 'the people' don't seem too bothered about it...

But 'the people' don't seem too bothered about it on Malta. One of the articles John Cantelo linked to suggested that a referendum on spring hunting would produce a landslide for the hunters. So I'm...
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