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Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

Originally posted on Green Living London:
Pic: RSPB More than half a million people are expected to be watching their garden birds the weekend (25-26 January), for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s the biggest wildlife survey in the world…

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Opinions on trade across the Pond

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a big deal. It’s a big deal for everybody who relies on the land and sea on either side of the Pond. In this connected world, that means the TTIP is a … Continue reading

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Bt crops

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) does what its name says it will do. Among other things, it promotes genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) crops. On the other side of this heated debate, GM Watch … Continue reading

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Why not feed insects to other livestock?

Here in Britain, our Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) coordinates PROteINSECT. This is about farming insects (entomoculture) as a source of protein for animal feed. FERA is part of our Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). I’m … Continue reading

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Rookes, Crowes and Choughes

Originally posted on The Naturephile:
‘If men had wings and black feathers, few of them would ever be clever enough to be crows’ Henry Ward Beecher Clergyman, wit and abolitionist I’m incarcerated at home at the moment, having been laid…

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Has the red kite become a pest?

Here in Britain the red kite (Milvus milvus) was hunted almost to extinction. In the 16th century it was classed as vermin, supposedly a threat to agriculture. A few centuries later, along came gamekeepers whose job was (and still is) … Continue reading

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Licensed to kill? Not a single badger has been shot two months into cull

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease which develops slowly, spreading from the lungs to other organs. In cattle (Bos primigenius) it’s called bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. Joanne Pugh at the Farmers Guardian explains how bTB works. … Continue reading

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