Thursday, November 24, 2011

Otters on the Mersey (well Fiddlers Ferry at least)

Otters have returned to the River Mersey, which was once one of the most polluted areas of water in Europe.
The animals' pawprints have been spotted by Forestry Commission rangers by the river near Fiddlers Ferry.
Rangers have yet to spot an otter on the riverbank and have urged anyone who photographs one to contact them.

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-15852705

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Global warming affecting waterfowl migration?

A recent study by Aleksi Lehikoinen from the University of Helsinki - examining three decades' worth of data from the Hanko Bird Observatory in southern Finland - has found that of the 15 species of wildfowl monitored six were setting off significantly later for their winter migration compared to thirty years e.g. greylag goose and tufted duck. They suggest that this is the rate of respond by waterfowl to global warming.

Dr Geoff Hilton, head of species research for the WWT said: "In this country, we're at the end of the flyway for birds coming down from Scandinavia, Russia and Siberia.We're almost the last stop, so some species aren't coming at all. They'll just stay further up the flyway." An example of this is that the number of White-fronted geese reaching us in winter is 75% lower than it was ten years ago.
See:http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/15783321
The full article in the Journal of Ornithology is at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/12g4k839p2837140/
which you should be able to access as it is free during the month of December.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Convention of Migratory Species

With the theme “Networking for Migratory Species”, the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals is being held 20-25 November, in Bergen, Norway.

Representatives from close to 100 governments, as well as several key wildlife conservation organizations, non-governmental organisations and scientists are coming together to discuss urgent conservation responses to address the rapid decline of migratory animal species across the globe.

See:  http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/11/10th-conference-of-parties-to-the-convention-on-migratory-species/