We explore the battle in the UK between the previously widely distributed, native red squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) and the imported invader the grey squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) looking at why the grey could be harmful to the UKs ecosystems and habitats, how they managed to reduce populations of red squirrels and what we could possibly do to remedy the situation. We include discussion on the pine marten (martes martes) a natural squirrel predator, as well as effective woodland management and ensuring all development is led by a core premise to not only not harm, but to improve, UK habitats and ecosystems to promote native wildlife biodiversity.
A very swift look at the Eurasian lynx, it’s diet, habitat and ranges and my support for their reintroduction to the UK.
A short article about the value of wasps, how you can discourage their supposed ‘nuisance’ behaviours and how you can help encourage them, other invertebrates and pollinators, and the species that interact with them, in your daily life.
It’s about wasps!
A lengthy article talking about the similarities in treatment between the European mole (Tapa europaea) and the Plateau Pika (Ochotona curzoniae). They are both a species vital to earth and soil health that benefit and enrich their environments that are considered a pest and a nuisance and are often killed for little or no reason. We explore the animals themselves, their lives and habitats, how our opinions of them were formed and similarities to our behaviours with other species too, like prairie dogs and badgers. We also focus on the ability of humans to form opinions, ideas or myths about animals and also how they can change over time. In the case of these species, changing for the negative, but it also means the reverse is true.
A look at the Scottish wildcat, the reasons for its endangered status, and the conservation efforts being undertaken to save it from the brink of extinction.
To start with, that Latin name! Megachasma pelagios – If I’m not getting my tongue twisted does that not translate as ‘giant cave of the deep’? Anyway, I’ll be honest, I know next to sod all about the megamouth shark. Any marine biologist worth a damn, who isn’t specifically researching the megamouth shark right now,Continue reading “Top Ten Sharks #5 – The Megamouth Shark, Megachasma pelagios”
As I explained in Friday’s article, I’m autistic. I know, people think autistic people can do little but sit in a corner making silly noises and hitting themselves in the head thanks to Sia’s abhorrent movie, “Music” – which you can read a review of here. No this is not just a plug of allContinue reading “To Mum”
CONTENT WARNING: Contains biological facts that may lead to nihilistic fatalism and/or panic attacks. The universe has its mysteries. As clever as we like to think we are, as you should know from reading ‘We Lack Discipline’, we are just Curious Idiots™ bumbling through the sea of these mysteries like a carrier bag caught inContinue reading “Introduction to Biology: Grow – F*ck – Age – Die”
One of my proudest moments in academia, if not my proudest moment, you know not having graduated or won a Nobel Prize or anything, was in ‘Scientific Communications’ class when I gave a presentation about the cheetah. Now let me explain a few things. For one thing, I’m autistic. Standing under bright lights talking toContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.”