Tag Archives: vermin

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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Bovine TB in New Zealand compared to Britain and Ireland

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. This disease is zoonotic. That is, M. bovis can infect us as well as cattle. Not very … Continue reading

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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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Democracy works for buzzards, forests and badgers

Yesterday I wrote how a daft plan to interfere with buzzards (Buteo buteo) was abandoned after a public outcry. Not long after that a daft plan to sell off our national forests also was abandoned. Today timr6 at Green Living … Continue reading

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Badger culling

My fellow blogger MottledThrush shows us what’s being said in Brussels about badgers. Here’s a list of notifiable diseases affecting livestock in Britain. Our Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, is taking a political risk here isn’t he? He might win … Continue reading

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Rabbit hunting

The rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is widespread and common in Britain. It’s not native here, being originally from the Iberian Peninsula. It was introduced about 1000 years ago and farmed for meat and fur. Now it’s naturalised and it eats crops, … Continue reading

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Food shortage and food waste

The Independent tells us that people are going whole days without food in the year the grains failed. Poor harvests are a real problem as I wrote yesterday. But is that the main reason for hunger? The European Union (EU) … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis, cattle and badgers

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. People can catch it from infected milk. That’s why milk gets pasteurised before we in rich countries buy it. TB’s not good news … Continue reading

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Rats on the move after floods

The brown rat Rattus norvegicus is a pest in Britain and in many other countries. Wikipedia calls R. norvegicus ‘the most successful mammal on the planet after humans.’ Now floods have driven it from its burrows and it’s invading people’s … Continue reading

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