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GOB 135 – Green Police

This article first appeared in the October 2020 edition of Birdwatching Magazine During lockdown an unprecedented number of wildlife crimes happened in the UK. Given that, since lockdown has eased crimes of violence in general have shot up (excuse the … Continue reading

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GOB 134 – Buggers

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine Autumn 2020 Many years ago, when staying at a B&B in the highlands I overheard some chaps at a neighbouring breakfast table discussing their plans for the day. I leant across and asked … Continue reading

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GOB 133 – Black Birds & Black Lives

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine August 2020 The sound track of lockdown for me, and I suspect many others has been the song of the Blackbird. His melody has raised my spirits daily and no doubt upped my … Continue reading

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GOB 132 – When the dust settles

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine July 2020   After the epidemic what happens next? During the crisis there have been benefits to wildlife, but there have also been increased pressure. We have been polluting less, killing less on … Continue reading

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GOB 131 – Non Sequitur

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine June 2020 I’m completely mystified by people being less concerned that the end of the world is nigh than they are that we should spend our final days deciding our own lack of … Continue reading

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GOB 130 – Flexecology

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine May 2020 Suddenly the world and its dog are eating mock meat and planting trees to save the planet. I hear you raise a cheer. Mine is rather more muted. I’ve not eaten … Continue reading

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GOB 129 – Wake up and smell the smoke from the rainforest

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine May 2020 We know what’s wrong and how to put it right… so why are governments fiddling while the world burns? Another season with homes flooded, many for the first time ever in … Continue reading

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GOB 128 – Savvy Sea Dogs

GOB 128 – Savvy Sea Dogs This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine April 2020 Remember the Rio dictum; think global, act local? Well, something is happening near me that could affect much of Europe, given the importance of the … Continue reading

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GOB 127 – Coasting or on the Rocks?

Coasting or on the Rocks? This article first appeared in the April 2020 edition of Birdwatching magazine I live in a well-known seaside town which has recently shrugged off its reliance on Del Boy day-trippers, to replace that with an … Continue reading

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GOB 126 – Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion This article first appeared in the February 2020 edition of Birdwatching magazine Extinction Rebellion, what’s it all about? Should we be supporting it or stopping their disruption and hippy naivety? Are they heroes or are they just uncooperative … Continue reading

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