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Campaigners call for ban on seabird killer

Originally posted on Green Living London:
This pair of guillemots were casualties of pollution by PIB. Pic: RSPB Three leading wildlife organisations have joined together to call for the ban on the discharge of polyisobutene (PIB), which has killed hundreds of…

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Rat poison ban could mean pest outbreak

Everywhere that people live in buildings, rats live too. In many places, including here in Britain, the most common kind of rat is the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). In different settings the rat is a charming pet (sometimes bred in … Continue reading

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What thatchers do

Here’s a film about what a thatcher does. It’s no surprise that the thatcher at work there is an old man – the craft of thatching is rare in modern Britain. But there are young folk doing it too, like … Continue reading

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Donkeys and mules

People keep donkeys around the world. This relationship’s here to stay. Donkeys have been living alongside humans since about the time that we started to build houses, and many of us still keep donkeys, because donkeys are useful. Donkeys are … Continue reading

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Tree of the month: Ivy

The moon was new yesterday so we’re now in the Month of the Ivy. The popular version of Ogham tree months is based on a 19th century invention starting at a time of year barely of interest to ancient Celts. … Continue reading

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Creating ecosystems

Wouldn’t it be great to repair damaged ecosystems and to create new ones? In Britain when planners allow developments to go ahead, there’s often an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). I myself did EIA when I was a consultant ecologist in … Continue reading

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Where there’s muck there may be death

When farm livestock are indoors their muck accumulates indoors. It’s valuable but hazardous. Slurry is a smelly, semi-liquid mixture of muck and urine. If the floor’s hosed down, for example in a milking parlour, slurry is thinner because the muck … Continue reading

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