Friday, 27 February 2015

Incinerator Update

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Basically at moment looking like instead of stopping the incinerator we've got two monsters coming (an earlier application was resurrected once the new application was granted) and also the bigger of the two looks like it might even be bigger and dirtier than expected.

In short this is capitalism consuming  nature protected land via the democratic and planning process, a process which basically is used to dissipate resistance by grinding the environmental/social sector down and effectively projecting profit-focused objectives, all in the name of democracy, freedom and fairness .

The appeal is still in play- waiting to hear about that (could be prohibitively costly- not forsaking the lack of grounds- sparse enough for the first legal team to abandon ship - and one of them to give up environmental law altogether!) and then its to the barricades!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

5. Songs of Praise: WASP

Next instalment of the people and nature musical story for children : Songs of Praise 

He met up with his friends and they all went out for a drink to talk about their different adventures.

This is a song about a rather common reaction between people and wildlife- to destroy it if it gets in the way. Follow this song to the end for an apocalyptic musical showdown between people and nature. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Azores Winter Trip

 First-winter Ring-billed Gull 
 Juvenile first-winter Glaucous Gull (one of five at Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel) 

 Juvenile/first-winter Glaucous Gull (note feather lice on face)
 Presumed American Herring Gull ?
 The lack of a squared off tongue on p10 means its not possible to clinch the identification. The heavy head markings and pale yellow bill are good indicators as is the p5 band and sub-terminal band on p10.
 Ring-billed Gulls at Praia da Vitoria, Terceira- 15 at this traditional wintering site
 Bonaparte's and Black-headed Gull in Praia da Vitoria Bay, Terceira
 Great Scaup, Tufted Duck, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck at Praia Pools, Terceira
 American Wigeons (and Eurasian Wigeon) at Praia Pools, Terceira
 Melanistic Blackcap- the hooded type found across Macronesia (not Cape Verde). First time I've seen this form. 
 Sofia at Praia Pools
Chris Gibhins, Peter Adriaens and Darryl Spittle 

Spent the last week on the Azores doing some work on Azores Gull and having a look round. Here's a summary of some of the interesting sightings:

2 Bonaparte's Gull, 15 Ring-billed Gull, 2 adult presumed American Herring Gull (also a 3rd cycle bird and a confirmed adult seen by Peter Adriaens), 16 American Wigeon, 3 Lesser Scaup, 1 Greater Scaup, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 12 Great Northern Diver, 2 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Short-billed Dowticher, 

Sao Miguel:
5 Glaucous Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, Azores Bullfinches

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Desolation Row

How to protect green space # 2

Following on from this How to Protect Green Space, I had an after thought.

The possibility of independent individuals or local groups actually having the money, time, energy and capability to actually defend green space and nature is rather low.

In fact I suspect that until a centralised network for conservation evolves it's more than likely a journey further into the abyss. Systemic change is needed and I don't mean (just) through the political party system and the introduction of new policy (such as a nature and wellbeing act). An independent network that connects e.g. ecological consultants, planning experts, lawyers, media and publicity experts to local groups/community members is required I would say. A network that provides advice and co-ordination on how to defend green spaces a the local/ specific level. In essence a kind of HQ from where local groups can be coordinated and go to for assistance. That way when it comes to getting people together for e.g. demonstration, petition signing or even occupation there could be an assembled pool of people to draw support from and give support too. Basically for things to change for nature conservation it will take more than policy changes it will take an effective conservation 'army' which is centralised and well coordinated. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ringing Day with Sid

 Reed Bunting

Water Rail

Spent the day with Sid on Sunday doing some ringing with the Beddington Ringers. Caught a few birds and the Water Rail was showing well.