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.
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.”
CONTENT WARNING: Contains images of animal cruelty “Tiger, tiger burning bright…” etc. I’ve got tiger stories up the wazoo, man. I did a pub quiz once where I argued for an extra half point because the question was ‘what is the largest cat in the world?’ and everyone said tiger, but I said, quite rightfully,Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #3 – Tiger, Panthera tigris”
What top ten list of cats is complete without the so-called ‘King of the Jungle’ that is, actually, more a Prince of the Plains. I’ll level with you. I like lions. I love lions like I love any other kind of cat. But they make this list for one reason and one reason alone. Sociability.Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #6 – Lion, Panthera leo”