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Wildlife articles

Diary of Cambridge Ornithological Expedition to China 1985

Diary of Cambridge Ornithological Expedition to China 1985

November 1982 [while I was studying for a PhD at Cambridge University]. I had been considering arranging an expedition to study bird migration, perhaps in South America or Asia. The two undergraduates – John Archer and Andrew Stoddart – who were interested in the expedition both expressed an…

Japanese Yellow Bunting merits concern regarding status with low numbers recorded and vulnerability to trapping

Japanese Yellow Bunting merits concern regarding status with low numbers recorded and vulnerability to trapping

After I saw two Japanese Yellow Buntings (aka simply Yellow Buntings Emberiza sulphurata) in Hong Kong this spring, I happened to notice that Birdlife has changed the species’ status from Vulnerable – as it was from 1994 to 2016, to Least Concern in 2022. Japanese Yellow Bunting This…

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Nature Conservation

On highly pathogenic avian flu issue, Birdlife should be voice of wild birds not defer to poultry industry

On highly pathogenic avian flu issue, Birdlife should be voice of wild birds not defer to poultry industry

Email I’ve just sent Birdlife International, in response to a rather bland email from them to supporters about avian flu, and a follow up after I sent brief email enquiry in response [added headings to help make this an online article]: Wild birds too readily scapegoated for causing…

Japanese Yellow Bunting merits concern regarding status with low numbers recorded and vulnerability to trapping

Japanese Yellow Bunting merits concern regarding status with low numbers recorded and vulnerability to trapping

After I saw two Japanese Yellow Buntings (aka simply Yellow Buntings Emberiza sulphurata) in Hong Kong this spring, I happened to notice that Birdlife has changed the species’ status from Vulnerable – as it was from 1994 to 2016, to Least Concern in 2022. Japanese Yellow Bunting This…

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Science

Ignoring Science Makes Global Climate Disaster as Inevitable as Titanic Submarine Implosion

Ignoring Science Makes Global Climate Disaster as Inevitable as Titanic Submarine Implosion

Climate change has been prominent in worldwide news this summer (2023), notably as we have just lived through the hottest week for perhaps 100,000 years. Given a series of global warming events, we should have alarm bells ringing, sirens sounding, along with efforts to change our ways; yet instead the response…

Have you been bullied into health? Fear, quackery and Covid

Have you been bullied into health? Fear, quackery and Covid

So here we are with our modern-day wonder, the internet – where even with a smartphone, you can search for and read the latest scientific research on a host of topics, including diseases like Covid. And what do we have? A whole lot of codswallop with little or no basis in…

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Travel tales

Beidaihe revisited – seaside resort with magnetic appeal for birds and people

Beidaihe revisited – seaside resort with magnetic appeal for birds and people

Just measured as the crow flies, the main Ming Dynasty Great Wall stretches some 2000 kilometres from west to east. For much of its length, the Great Wall dips and climbs through mountain ranges, until at last dropping to a narrow coastal plain, crossing the town of Shanhaiguan…

Leizhou Peninsula, Guangdong – sandpipers, stone statues and culture

Leizhou Peninsula, Guangdong – sandpipers, stone statues and culture

On a map, the Leizhou Peninsula looks like a spur of land thrusting south from the China coast towards Hainan Island. Since much of the peninsula has been designated within a geopark because of a host of volcanoes, and Hainan has mountains soaring to over 1800 metres, you…

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