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  1. angusmcoatup

    Hatay- Turkey today - anyone?

    Hopefully this link works. Anyone have an idea what’s on the attached video? Seen in Hatay by a new birder and ID request made by Emin Yogurtcuoglu.
  2. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    Having moved to Köyceğiz in SW Turkey recently I’ve been fitting in birding around rotten weather and lots of time consuming bureaucracy. As spring is kicking off quite obviously this week here I’ll record this weeks sightings then try and catch up with the last few weeks in a separate post...
  3. angusmcoatup

    Jackal skeleton? Eastern Turkey

    https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/animal-skeleton-of-unknown-species-found-in-eastern-turkey/news?fbclid=IwAR1ffPRXC9B_thbC_81CdpSBCtG0ScvhnvShShgdts5JG_l9MU77xr3_Xoo Is this a Jackal skeleton? Eastern Turkey seems to have the potential for surprises but this looks very much like the jackals I...
  4. angusmcoatup

    Southern water pollution - appalling read

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/09/how-southern-water-sewage-dumping-scandal-unfolded I’m amazed at the scale of negligence, wilful destruction and size of the area affected. £90 million doesn’t sound anywhere near enough for reparation and restoration considering the damage done.
  5. angusmcoatup

    British countryside at threat- Article

    Worth a read, a little more detail than often seen in media articles. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/31/herbicides-insecticides-save-british-countryside-meaows
  6. angusmcoatup

    Bald Ibis conservation -Morrocco

  7. angusmcoatup

    Pesticide contamination affecting songbird migration

  8. angusmcoatup

    Lake District - World heritage site. Monbiots view

    An interesting take on the application for the Lake District to become a world heritage site. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/09/lake-district-world-heritage-site-george-monbiot
  9. angusmcoatup

    Eradicating Grey Squirrels - the natural way. Monbiot article

    An article from George Monbiot which if accurate would be a much more intelligent solution to reducing Grey Squirrel numbers than trapping, poisoning and shooting. Any BF members noticed a difference in the studied area of Ireland...
  10. angusmcoatup

    Periyar, Kerala, India -December 2014

    Apologies for the obligatory blurred photo. I'm puzzled by the 2 Finch/Munia type birds either side of the dove. I didn't actually see them, my wife took the picture of the dove, inadvertently with auto focus on hence the blurring of the birds. This was in a small clearing in the forest area...
  11. angusmcoatup

    "Ripping up the sea bed on behalf of royal profits"

    Interesting Monbiot column today in the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2014/oct/24/ripping-up-the-sea-floor-on-behalf-of-royal-profits
  12. angusmcoatup

    Kerala 2014 - advice needed

    Afternoon all, I'm off to Kerala in December, from Kochi working our way south taking in Thattekad, Munnar, the backwaters and so on. Has anybody any good tips for hiring reliable drivers with decent cars? Probably spending 2 - 3 days in each area before moving on, for a total of 3 weeks. Any...
  13. angusmcoatup

    Amazonian tribe make first contact due to threat

    It takes a bit of lateral thinking why I've put this on the Conservation thread, but it's a reminder of the threat to the remoter parts of the world, and that if this is how human beings are treated there isn't much hope for the wildlife...
  14. angusmcoatup

    Degu - potential invasive species?

    I went into one of those Pet supermarket warehouse places this afternoon on an errand and came across something I hadn't seen before. Several cages of Degus, otherwise known as Brush tailed rat. Anybody know how long these have been on sale in the UK and does any public body (DEFRA?) risk...
  15. angusmcoatup

    1991 - Southern Giant Petrel- Italy

    Having cut short a desultory and damp mornings birding I've been reading and wondering about a few old WP records. Does anyone have any details on the Southern Giant Petrel recorded for Italy in 1991? I found a possible reference to it been seen from a ferry between Ancona and Greece but...
  16. angusmcoatup

    Hill farmers comment on grouse moor subsidy - The Guardian

    Hill farmers comment on grouse moor subsidy article - The Guardian Amid the usual trolling and back biting there was this comment on George Monbiots article re shotgun licence and grouse moor subsidies. "Harmonicai 29 April 2014 3:11pm Recommend 4 There's a clear mistake in a lot of the...
  17. angusmcoatup

    Rooftop gardens in Mexico city- good model for the UK?

    A positive move in a city of terrible air pollution. It still doesn't seem to have taken off here in london despite years of talk. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/apr/24/mexico-city-roof-gardens-pollution-smog
  18. angusmcoatup

    Flower, Highgate , London

    Anybody able to ID this for me please? Apologies for blurred effect.
  19. angusmcoatup

    Adder numbers declining - Buzzards & Pheasants partly to blame?

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/mar/21/save-adder-extinction-middle-england This is an odd one, gamekeeper blaming Buzzards, Shooting times article names Pheasants as a serious predator, reasonable bloke suggests more research...
  20. angusmcoatup

    Australia - Black Throated Finch threatened by mine plans and dodgy legislation

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/04/greenpeace-calls-seismic-surveys-halted-birds Interesting that one of the conditions of granting permission for this to go ahead is " mandatory financial contributions to conservation efforts." That sounds like barely disguised bribery. Also as...
  21. angusmcoatup

    Beaver on Devon camera trap

  22. angusmcoatup

    Farmers & flooding article -plus a bit of Paterson bashing

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/13/flooding-public-spending-britain-europe-policies-homes A thought provoking article.
  23. angusmcoatup

    Anatolian Leopard shot in Turkey.

    Either an extremely rare Turkish resident animal or a wanderer from Iran. Fascinating to think of them possibly hanging on for this long. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/shepherd-kills-first-anatolian-leopard-sighted-in-turkey-for-years.aspx?pageID=238&nID=57317&NewsCatID=378
  24. angusmcoatup

    Wind turbines

    Interesting view from Simon Jenkins in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/06/wind-turbines-landscape-billionaires-energy-policy
  25. angusmcoatup

    First Saola sighting in 15 years

    From todays Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/13/saola-sighting-vietnam-rare-mammal