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Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Friday 8th January 2010, 00:34
Replies: 109
Views: 13,391
Posted By KnockerNorton
You should go on a ringing course or start an...

You should go on a ringing course or start an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences. It's mostly women these days.

Bill has seemongly been trying to break into wildlife stuff - he did...
Forum: Mammals Friday 8th January 2010, 00:22
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
Sounds a bit John Clare to me. And look where...

Sounds a bit John Clare to me. And look where sentimental thinking got him!
Forum: Mammals Friday 8th January 2010, 00:16
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
But there are questions of scale. Diversity over...

But there are questions of scale. Diversity over what scale? In a fragmented landscape, diversity within a patch is not always best, as then you might not be able to support a population of x...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 23:04
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
We must go to different pubs ;) Well, that's...

We must go to different pubs ;)



Well, that's a very individual question. I don't think that answering that fully would help, because I think it's better to be objective in debates and not load...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 22:46
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
There we have that arbitrary benchmark again -...

There we have that arbitrary benchmark again - what is 'original'? When was this? Everything about British woodlands is very different from the 'original' circa 10000BP. From the species compositon...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 22:20
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
Blimey! I bet you and your dad could empty a pub...

Blimey! I bet you and your dad could empty a pub with this kind of chat!

There's obviously no one/right answer to either of those. They are what you want them to be. There's not much value in this...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 22:07
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
I visit many farms and chat about conservation....

I visit many farms and chat about conservation. Sample size of about 50.




I was extrapolating, not pinning it to you, sorry.
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 22:05
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
"beneficial"? Or just an impact? It's not...

"beneficial"? Or just an impact? It's not beneficial if you're conserving bluebells. They have a positive impact on diversity, but a negative impact on e.g. bluebells. Cutting down every 3rd tree in...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 21:17
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
Well good luck with that but, in the meantime,...

Well good luck with that but, in the meantime, ask them what they think about these boars.....!
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 21:16
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
You're misquoting me, but knock yourself...

You're misquoting me, but knock yourself...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 21:03
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
It's no good us navel-gazing about the...

It's no good us navel-gazing about the philosophical questions, when mums in Bolton are living on 15 grand a year and couldn't give a stuff. If you have much to do with farmers, who are the ones who...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th January 2010, 20:55
Replies: 12
Views: 1,092
Posted By KnockerNorton
I've seen one eat an Avocet!

I've seen one eat an Avocet!
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 20:02
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
I actually share you view to some extent. But the...

I actually share you view to some extent. But the problem is that most other people do not, and you are never going to convince them. And these people run the show (because the others want them to)....
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 19:38
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
No, I'm saying that they will be heavily...

No, I'm saying that they will be heavily persecuted and poached, so wont be idly wandering around in broad daylight for the pleasure of boar-huggers! So, as I stated, most people will never see one,...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 19:36
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
True, but we're creating (by inaction) a new...

True, but we're creating (by inaction) a new industry here, and there would be no need to hunt them if they weren't there. We wouldn't need to shoot pregnant muntjac if they had been removed when it...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 19:28
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
I think your last word is the key one. Foxes are...

I think your last word is the key one. Foxes are also quite approachable in situations where they're not persecuted (London). But in most areas they are, and the same is going to be true of boars....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th January 2010, 19:16
Replies: 20
Views: 6,339
Posted By KnockerNorton
The cheeks and eye markings are different for a...

The cheeks and eye markings are different for a start.
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 19:07
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
Logically, why? Why is 700 years ago some kind of...

Logically, why? Why is 700 years ago some kind of optimum but 13,000 years too far? How far is far enough, how far is too far? My point is that talk of 'they were here before' is choosing an...
Forum: Worcestershire Thursday 7th January 2010, 15:46
Replies: 23
Views: 3,503
Posted By KnockerNorton
That's too conservative. I think if you get...

That's too conservative. I think if you get records that mention a clear cheek pattern (with wing panel as a supporting feature), then you can safely i.d. most non-juveniles (Sep-May). A bird with a...
Forum: Worcestershire Thursday 7th January 2010, 15:35
Replies: 23
Views: 3,503
Posted By KnockerNorton
Hmmm, actually, that pic (2nd double down)...

Hmmm, actually, that pic (2nd double down) doesn't show any of the high-reliability Marsh Tit features either. How was it identified? If purely on the basis of 'Willow don't occur there' then I'm not...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 15:11
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
Managed it with Coypu and doing a good job with...

Managed it with Coypu and doing a good job with mink...



But that is ignoring why people are opposed to them, as if their opinions come below your knowldge that species x is out there. Are their...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 7th January 2010, 15:05
Replies: 113
Views: 10,664
Posted By KnockerNorton
Funding seems to be the primary concern. Also, in...

Funding seems to be the primary concern. Also, in the Times article, a valid point was raised about if a pair decides to nest on your land - you are basically screwed and can no longer go about your...
Forum: Mammals Thursday 7th January 2010, 14:32
Replies: 105
Views: 12,831
Posted By KnockerNorton
Define "natural", because in the British context,...

Define "natural", because in the British context, nothing above ground is natural at all. Including the presence of boars in the Forest of Dean today.
Read Fuller et al 2005 (Brit. Birds, What is...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 7th January 2010, 11:00
Replies: 113
Views: 10,664
Posted By KnockerNorton
I'm not sure about that, tbh. If you look at...

I'm not sure about that, tbh. If you look at writings from several centuries ago, from people who worked on the land and took great interest in Nature (e.g. John Clare) their knowledge of species...
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Thursday 7th January 2010, 10:51
Replies: 19
Views: 2,710
Posted By KnockerNorton
She does make the distinction between...

She does make the distinction between vagrants/winterers and an introduction, to be fair. Although, to be fair to the other side, there is a fair bit of circumstantial (though quite debateable)...
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