Archive for June, 2010

UES orchid hunt

Monday, June 21st, 2010

May and June is an ideal time to go and see orchids. Of the 56 species of orchid in the UK many can be easily found with a bit of prior knowledge and persistence on the ground. During a visit to 2 Wildlife Trust reserves in the Chilterns, we spotted the following species: Greater butterfly orchid, Fly orchid, Common twayblade, Common Spotted Orchid, Broad leaved helleborine, White helleborine, Narrow lipped helleborine and Early purple orchid. The ellusive Bird’s nest orchid escaped us this time. This orchid, which lacks chlorophyll is found within deep shade in the leaf litter of woodland. It is notoriously difficult to spot but it’s presence indicates that you are in a very special place, usually an ancient beech woodland on chalk or limestone soils. Have a look at our images of wild orchids and orchid hybrids.

Natural England withdraws funding from the Suffolk White tailed sea eagle project

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Natural England

Natural England has withdrawn as the lead partner for the Suffolk White tailed sea eagle reintroduction program.

The sea eagle project partnership headed by Natural England and the RSPB has already carried out an extensive  feasibility study into the potential effects of the scheme on farming and local biodiversity.

Dr Tom Tew, Chief Scientist for Natural England, said “We have taken the decision to withdraw from the project at this stage because we believe it would be inappropriate to commit public funds to an extensive public consultation over a project that we would, in the foreseeable future, be unable to fund.

In response, Dr Mark Avery, the RSPB’s Head of Conservation, said: “This decision will disappoint all those who look forward to the return of white-tailed eagles to their rightful place in England’s skies.

“Righting the wrongs of the past, which saw these magnificent birds driven from our coasts and wetlands, remains a priority for conservation programmes of the future particularly when illegal persecution of birds of prey remains far too common in the UK.

“The RSPB recognises that in a time of financial restrictions some projects need to be delayed but we are very concerned that wildlife conservation will be hit very hard by the financial stringencies ahead.

For full details click the links below

BCT issues response to Bear Grylls (and the discovery channel)bat killing program

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The Bat Conservation Trust has issued a response to Bear Grylls and the discovery channel after the ‘role model’ made a program which showed bats being killed in Asia. The program showed military tough guy grylls first throw a flaming torch into the cave to smoke out the bats. When the bats exited the cave TV hard man Grylls first swatted the 50g bats to the ground and then stamped on them.

Grylls then presumably went back to his five star hotel and had something nice to eat.

Conservation groups across the globe are obviously outraged by this and The Discovery Channel are under pressure to take the programs off air.

The BCT statement can be found on the link below.