I think it is because the rent for the site has gone up alot
farmer seems alright to me
more likely to be due to Natural England making budget cuts. If you're NE, why pay for something you've got no control over ? Renting a car park so that birders can turn up and fail to see non-existent Honey Buzzards could be argued a waste of taxpayer's money. Not as big as the tens of billions wasted (not to mention lives lost) on a pointless unwinnable war in Afghanistan but that's not an argument the NE top brass are going to win against a government minister; even one as stupid as Jeremy Hunt
I’d been told about this, but today I saw it for the first time: the pool at Kelling Quags is almost dry. The stream needs to be diverted to refill it as soon as. We won’t have anywhere left to see waders, at this rate.
It’s a pity the Reed pictured is not rarer. In 2009, there was an Ortolan on almost the same spot on the East Bank, showing almost as well.
Agreed. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan make our leader's feel important and that the UK is a big world player. Raptor watchpoints do not fufil any of the above to our eton educated elite. Anyway the government is going to side with the songbird protection people and Raptors are going to culled! On that basis who needs watchpoints?
Bit of a pessimistic outlook for the future of UK raptors!
To be honest why don't we look at the issues rather than try and change natural selection and predator and prey interactions.
So therefore lets actually cull all domestic cats and imprison anyone that cuts down a living tree or hedge at any time of year!
But of course that wouldn't solve the problem in the eyes of the ever righteous song bird fanciers, lets just mess with nature and shoot birds that need to eat to SURVIVE!
As you can tell its a passionate subject for me, its the actions of humans not predators which is the issue...as ever!
Being serious, we need to be very careful that habitat and wildlife protection legislation is not watered down by Westminster in an attempt to reduce red tape!! I have already heard rumours re chunks of the wildlife and countryside act being repealed. protect what has been hard fought for.
Can you enlighten us about this record ? I don't recall any records fo GW teal in the county this year ?
Was back in May. Bird came from a northerly direction, landed briefly on the north edge of the quag before moving on a few minutes later.
Right place at right time for me bu 100% gwt.
Did consider the possibility of captive origin? Although quite a few reports of them around the country in April/May this year so cant rule out a wild bird, didn't appear ringed.