Tag Archives: bio-diversity

Costa Rica’s Wildlife Wonders

A spectacular, ultra-high definition snapshot of this Central American country’s paradise of bio-diversity.

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HUNDREDS OF MOUNTAIN HARES CULLED ON SCOTTISH GROUSE MOORS.

Annoyed to hear that over 1500 of these partially protected species are thought to have been killed this year in the Lammermuir Hills, southeast of Edinburgh.  This disturbing statistic has been privately confirmed by some landowners who either participated in, or knew those responsible for the cull.  Unsurprisingly this news has provoked strong condemnation from wildlife and animal rights groups across the United Kingdom, calling for stricter regulation on these practices, which are currently only prohibited for a few months of the year in Scotland.  For me, this is another example of completely unjustifiable tactics being employed by ill-informed landowners to the detriment of our country’s bio-diversity.

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REWILDING TO CURE ECOLOGICAL BOREDOM

The video above is of a talk given by George Monbiot- one of the Rewilding movement’s most vocal and well-informed supporters.  His thoughts encapsulate this relatively new concept and make a compelling case for the reintroduction of forgotten fauna into our wildernesses.  It is a hot topic just now in the United Kingdom.  I would personally relish the prospect of seeing the highlands of Scotland for instance reforested and welcome back wildlife such as Eurasian Lynx, Wolf, Wolverine and Wild Boar.  Just look at mainland Europe and the biodiversity of primeval forests in countries such as Croatia, Poland and Romania where the landscape has been allowed to naturally develop without human interference.

LIVING PLANET REPORT IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR GOVERNMENTS WORLDWIDE

The World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London’s biennial investigation into the current state of our planet’s environment paint a disturbing picture of the health of our ecosystems and the animals that depend on them.  The alarming headline from the report, which encouragingly has been widely reported across international media, is that earth has lost 52% of all its wildlife since 1970.  If that depressing statistic doesn’t shock the world into action, then nothing will.  So how do we prevent this decline?

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THE WILDLIFE OF LISMORE

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I spent four glorious days nature-spotting on the Scottish island of Lismore last week, and the location lived up to its reputation for being a hidden gem for wildlife.  Situated in the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland, with Mull to the south-west and the Isle of Jura to the south, it has a very fertile, lush landscape which hosts a surprising level of bio-diversity, given that it covers little more than nine square miles.  You’ll find evidence of this in some of my photos below.

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IMPORTANT WETLAND IN COLOMBIA GETS INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION.

The bio-diversity hotspot of Inirida Fluvial Star will be protected from gold and cobalt mining, in a move that will conserve this precious ecosystem, which is home to more than 200 species of mammal, 400 species of bird, 470 species of fish, 40 species of amphibians and over 900 types of plant.  Its terrain stretches for 250,000 hectares and consists of jungle, savannah, rivers and wetlands.  Endangered creatures here include the Jaguar and River Dolphin.  The site’s new RAMSAR designation has taken a decade to come to fruition, following tireless coordination between the World Wildlife Fund, local authorities, the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ramsar Secretariat.

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NEW UK GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION SET TO PREVENT THE REINTRODUCTION OF WILDLIFE

The Infrastructure Bill proposes to reclassify extinct species as non-native and place them under the same controls as foreign invasive animals are currently subject to, such as the Mink and Grey Squirrel.  It is an issue that will undoubtedly stir up strong feelings as news of the bill filters beyond the confines of Westminster.  If the legislation is passed, it will come at a time when public support for the re-establishment of extinct species is growing.  The first fruits of this policy are already evident with the news that Devon’s recently discovered wild Beavers look set to be captured and placed in captivity, despite a public petition being signed by hundreds of people asking for them to be left in the wild.

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