Circular Environomy

“The Scottish Government needs to now identify areas where new [beaver] colonies can be released. When I say new, some of these might be ‘recycled’ animals from the Tayside population.” http://markavery.info/2016/11/28/guest-blog-beavers-uk-jonny-hughes/

Reincarnating persecuted wildlife species could come back to haunt us.

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Beaverment

“It is now eight months since Scottish Natural Heritage delivered its Beavers in Scotland report to the Scottish Government, outlining four possible future scenarios for the beaver in Scotland. We are firmly of the view, supported by extensive scientific evidence, that beavers will be a key asset to Scotland and are now urging the Scottish Government not to delay any longer in making a positive decision on the restoration of this species to Scotland. …
The decision has now become urgent as animals are currently being indiscriminately culled on Tayside.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/position-statement-the-future-of-beavers-in-scotland/)

All this waiting, it really gnaws at you.

Please sign the petition asking Environment Minister Aileen McLeod MSP to act and stop beavers being shot.

Please sign the petition asking the Scottish Government to make an urgent decision about the legal status of the European beaver in Scotland.

Monkey’s Log

“As populations of larger mammal species like tapirs and monkeys decline due to hunting, the carbon content of the forest goes down.
Large mammal species play a vital role in dispersing large-seeded trees associated with high wood density. … Dense-wooded, large-seeded Amazonian tree species are replaced by light-wooded trees that produce smaller seeds, which continue to be dispersed in overhunted forests by more resilient smaller mammal and bird species.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2016/01/over-huntings-surprising-connection-to-global-warming/)

Forests need more logs.

Links

“Most people … know so little about the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), which is still present in much of northern and eastern Europe and some southern European countries, that they often first think … about the deodorant rather than the carnivore.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/19/-sp-rewilding-large-species-britain-wolves-bears)

Yet lynx should be considerably more welcome than the sickening “noxious smells” produced by Canadian energy company Rathlin’s exploratory gas-drilling site in east Yorkshire where it’s “drilling a 9,000 ft deep ‘wildcat’ bore hole.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/19/yorkshire-wolds-gas-fracking-shale)

Childlife

“Across the western world children spend less and less time outdoors. The generational shift to an indoor existence has been strongly linked to a sharp decline in children’s wellbeing. Cases of childhood obesity, depression and behavioural difficulties are at a record high.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/trust-calls-for-parents-to-let-children-go-wild/)

Quick, bags the conkers and mud before kids get all the good stuff!