Sticklejerk

A kingfisher “kills the fish by striking them against its perch. This softens the stiff spines of the sticklebacks, making them easier to swallow. However, the bird appears to have gone a step further by using the spines to pin three sticklebacks to its regular branch.” http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/kingfisher-mystery-in-montrose/

Breakfast cereal for birds: Fish Crispies – slap, stickle, prop; and for tea a little smokie.

Weegie Wrecks

“As one of very few surviving paddle steamer wrecks, Iona I makes a significant contribution to the cultural landscape of the Clyde basin and our understanding of Clyde paddle steamers.” (http://news.gov.scot/news/new-protected-marine-areas-announced)

Surviving wrecks of paddling steamers in the Clyde environs are actually plentiful. Bless Glesga’s cultural landscape.

Dam Statistics

“Last year the EA blamed a more stringent regime as part of the reason for the poor performance [of water bodies]. The [European] commission has brought in more comprehensive assessments, tougher standards and a one-out-all-out rule which means that, if a water body fails on just one of up to 40 elements, the whole body is categorised as a fail. …
The low compliance rate masks better performance on individual elements. Between 82-88% of all chemical and biological elements are predicted to be at ‘good or better status’ in all river basin districts by 2021.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/15/englands-waters-to-remain-illegally-polluted-beyond-2021)

‘One out, all out’ is too harsh. The fish should be fine if only 12-18% toxic indicators are present. Just like cyanide doesn’t kill you unless all other poisons are present.

Defarmatory

“The same low-ground farmers who suffer most from the impacts of beavers are also the ones that are responsible for the many negative environmental impacts caused by intensive agriculture, such as topsoil depletion.” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2986564/scotlands_wild_beaver_shoot_to_kill_policy_is_illegal_and_wrong.html)

Those with depleted topsoil often make low-ground decisions.

Please sign the petition to save the free beavers of Scotland.

Smelmon

“Acidification of rivers could make young pink salmon, the most abundant type in the Pacific, smaller and more vulnerable to predators by dampening their ability to smell danger.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/29/us-climatechange-salmon-idUKKCN0P91XK20150629)

Damp is the least of their problems.

Poached

“Hundreds of spring Chinook salmon have been found dead in Oregon rivers over the past week, in a sign that abnormally high water temperatures are taking a toll on the threatened species.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/us-usa-oregon-salmon-idUKKBN0OZ2L420150619)

Local wild parsley was also wilting.

Plughole

“A team at the University of Sheffield has shown that ‘tampon tests’ can be used to track down which houses sewage is coming from at river locations where a problem has been identified.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/31/tampon-tests-could-be-used-to-track-sewage-in-rivers)

This will help plug the enforcement loophole of unsanitary crime.