Author: Scott Thomson

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Gazing at Gannets

This spring around 150,000 Northern Gannets return to the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, the island which is responsible for their scientific name Morus bassanus. Whilst most of us feel we...

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Why trees prevent flooding

This article may be stating the obvious to many people but it seems like most people in the media don’t seem to relate land use with flooding. A quick scan of the news...

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Amur Tiger Success

For the first time ever a rehabilitated and re-released Amur tigeress has given birth in the wild. The tigeress, known as Zolushka (Cinderella), was raised in captivity after being found as a four...

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Starlings found dead

The humble starling has been in trouble for a while. In the 1980’s there were 45 million starlings, now there are only around 3 million, a decline that has resulted in the starling...

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Shooting seals on the seashore

It is currently rather miserable weather and not the time that many humans will take to the beach. Happily this coincides with the grey seal “pupping” season where they haul out onto beaches...

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Return of the Lamprey

An endangered species of fish known as the lamprey has returned to UK rivers for the first time since the 1800’s. ( although a dead lamprey was found in the Thames in  2009.) What...

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Mink and water voles

Many years ago I saw a mink. It was scurrying up the opposite riverbank and I got a quick look at it. All terribly exciting at the time but fortunately not something that...

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Cat catastrophe

Whilst our native wildcats are not doing well at the moment our pet cats are running wild. Domestic cats are currently the UK’s top predator, killing around 275 million animals every year. It...

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