A fantastic achievement by Mark Avery, Birders Against Wildlife Crime and others that the petition to ban driven grouse shooting has almost reached 110,000!!! Yes, 110,000.
If you have not signed it yet, please do. I have only seen one Hen Harrier in the York area since my return to Yorkshire in autumn 2010. That is SHOCKING! And raptor persecution in Yorkshire seems to be increasing. Show you care and sign this.
Monday 15 August 2016
Summer time fun. Sold the camper van and gave the battered Toyota a clean. Enjoying looking at waders as you can't beat a fresh juvenile Spot shank - except perhaps a fresh juvenile Greenshank! Top butterfly watching on Mark's stag do in Cambs and Northants. Closer to home, some good mothing in the garden plus finally finding a Dark-bordered Beauty at Strensall Common, first Minke Whale of the season off Staithes and led my first whale watching trip for Yorkshire Coast Nature. Got down to Wheldrake Ings from time to time to keep an eye on the waders, and have got my hands dirty a bit pulling balsam, mending the Swantail Hide and strimming the path between Pool and Swantail. What else have I been up to? I can't remember!