Weekly Roundup 25/1/15

This weekend is the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Hunt, I hope you’ve all enjoyed participating in it as much as I did and saw some fantastic bird species. If you haven’t got involved yet there’s still a few hours to get involved!

This weeks image comes from Tom Harris https://twitter.com/BirdPics


Relocation of species may lead to extinctions

Species are being relocated more frequently due to developments, however a new study has shown that these relocations known as “mitigation translocations” rarely succeed and may be pushing species further towards extinction. Despite the millions invested in these projects there is little evidence to suggest that they work, potentially due to the lack of a scientific approach towards them. It is thought that for some species these translocations might actually place them at higher risk.

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Return of the Rare Pipit 

As the worlds largest rodent eradication programme currently being undertaken in Georgia comes to an end it has emerged that the South Georgia Pipit has been spotted in an area previously overrun by rats. The bird has been under serious threat from the invasive rats as it cannot breed when they are present. This is the first time the birds have been seen in an area which they were previously excluded from due to the presence of rats, showing how quickly they are responding to the removal of the invasive species. It is hoped that the Pipits populations will begin to recover after the successful eradication of the rats.

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Record Seal Births in Northumberland

The National Trust has announced the birth of 1,651 seal pups born off the Farne Islands during last years breeding season, the highest number since 1971. Despite many seal populations being devastated by the winter of 2013, the Farne Islands have reaped the rewards of shelter caused by their rocky beaches and of their rich waters, isolated from predators. The Farne Islands also boast impressive seabird colonies including 37,000 puffin pairs.

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Rhino Poaching Reaches Record High

1,215 rhinos were illegally killed in 2014 for their horns; a 21% increase on 2013. A lucrative market is being fuelled by demand from Asian countries where it is believed that the horns have medicinal properties, despite being made from the same substance as your hair or finger nails. These markets are supplied by criminal syndicates who have access to sophisticated technologies such as helicopters.

More can be found on this story and how conservation groups are trying to combat poaching here:

The Rhino Poaching Crisis


New York Subway Cars Recycled into Artificial Reefs

Finally, have you ever wondered how to dispose of an old subway car in an environmentally friendly way? Probably not I know, but it turns out that they can be used to make artificial reefs to help marine life. When NYC Transit decided to phase out the entire Redbird line of cars, they simply couldn’t dismantle and sell that many cars at once, hence it was decided that they would be used to create artificial reefs in the waters off Delaware and New Jersey. These reefs have been so successful that the project was expanded to other states as well, and the reefs even witnessed an increase in fishing levels.

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Cities 101: Making Reefs Out of Obsolete Subway Cars

Image by Stephen Mallon

Image by Stephen Mallon

Subway Car on the Ocean Floor. Image by GMH By Design

Subway Car on the Ocean Floor. Image by GMH By Design

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