Tigers in the news – for all the wrong reasons!


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Today – July 25th – is International Tiger Day but this big cat is in very BIG trouble …. We must change attitudes regards Chinese medicine!


  1. Should a tiger who attacks a person, be put down? 
  2. Should we continue to use animal products – especially from a critically  endangered species – and especially when the concepts re TCM  are doubtful at best ? Let me know what your think here or on LearnFromNature twitter 

Tigers attack women

Last weekend, at a Beijing safari park, tigers attacked 2 women who ‘got out of a car’ …. reports are that the tigers have NOT been executed (a possible response) – certainly, there has been much criticism of the safety measures at this particular safari park

Reports in Shanghai Daily (my local English-language paper), then world press including CNN 

“Many of these safari parks in China should be banned because they train tigers in a cruel way to entertain visitors or sell tiger products,” Mang Ping, a professor from the Central Institute of Socialism and a founder of the Zoo Watch animal protection NGO, told the Global Times.

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Legalization of trade in tiger products

Following on from the above – which raised the profile of tigers –  this news comes along..

From The Global Times: China banned the trade and use of products made from tigers in 1993.

However, in the revised version of China’s Wild Animal Protection Law which was approved on July 2 and will be put into effect in 2017, some animal populations, bred under controlled conditions with “mature” technology, can be regulated differently from wild populations and used to make commercial products, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Sorry to say – Chinese Traditional Medicine – TCM for short – has a LOT to answer for!      Education is of course key…. see NAEE

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See Know Your Tigers infographic 





Buzzards in very real trouble….due to ‘Natural England’!!

Natural England has just issued a licence for someone to kill up to ten buzzards “to prevent serious damage to young pheasants”. Here is their statement: 29 July 2016 Natural England issued a licence last night permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent serious damage to young pheasants. The licence is time-limited […]

via Natural England issues licence to kill buzzards to protect pheasants — Raptor Persecution UK

Great Barrier Reef in trouble (again)

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The amazing Aussie watery world heritage site that is the Great Barrier Reef is in danger of ‘complete ecosystem collapse’ , according to citizen science program Coral Watch.

I last blogged about the Great Barrier Reef in June 2013 – ‘Australia hasn’t done enough to stop UNESCO listing the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’, a new report by conservationists says.’

Things haven’t improved. Reports including in The Guardian would suggest they are perhaps worse….

Scientist Justin Marshall reports : “Complete ecosystem collapse” is being seen on parts of the Great Barrier Reef, as fish numbers tumble and surviving corals continue to bleach into winter….“The lack of fish was the most shocking thing…Coral and other organisms like anemones and giant clams bleach when water temperatures are too high for too long. When they become stressed, they expel their colourful symbiotic algae that provide them with energy, becoming pale or white. Unless the water temperatures quickly return to normal, many of those organisms die.

Lizard Island was particularly badly hit by the global bleaching event that hit every major reef region in the world and killed almost a quarter of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef. But, in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef, between Lizard Island and the Torres Strait, a majority of the coral is thought to have died.

The mass bleaching this year was driven by climate change, which raised water temperatures close to the maximum threshold coral could stand

They (the corals) are just holding on by the fingernails,” he said.

Education programmes – see NAEE for examples – are a good measure, but our action to battle climate change will better the results.

More info: Coral Watch 

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Brexit: Leaving the EU has environmental consequences. Help Nature – please sign this!

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The UK has voted to LEAVE the EU – this has consequences for our Natural environment…..

Please read this and sign pro-Nature petition by @nerdboy on twitter, and https://yearofnature.blogspot.com. This amazing lad is also Wildlife Blogger of the Year for BBC Wildlife Mag 

Protect UK Environment & Wildlife – adopt European environmental legislation.

The vote to leave the EU could leave our wildlife at risk. The EU has developed a strong set of laws that protect the environment and our wildlife. As these laws will not apply when the UK leaves the EU we need new laws for the UK that give our precious wildlife and environment the same protection.
Wildlife didn’t get much of a mention in the referendum debate, that’s a shame as it was something that Europe treasures and its laws were very good for protecting the environment. Without new laws protected sites and our countryside might not be protected unless we have new laws that make sure we take care of it. Many species of plants, animals & invertebrates are declining, the UK Government should make it a priority to do what we can to stop this.

Read more here: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/EU-Ref/reports

Sign the petition here:  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/140238

USA: 10 Tips to Respect Wildlife in National Parks





People need Nature – I will blog separate specifically about the many reasons separately – and National Parks perform an important role in ‘bringing people – especially young people and families – to interact positively with their natural environment’ in state of wilderness location .

To protect both people and wildlife to to ensure the interaction is safe  – the following post points to some of the key thing to be informed of, NOT to do. These points are noteworthy regards any wildlife – but especially as we come up to the 100th Centenary of the US National Parks Service!

So there’s the post I came across …. from the National Parks Conservation Association

  1. Don’t Honk at Wildlife: Bears are know to spend time at roadside – ‘mother bears fear males will prey on their cubs’.
  2. Watch Your Step — and the Color of Your Shoes: As you walk on a beach, make sure not to step on birds’ or turtles’ nests — the same goes for rock climbers encountering nesting raptors.  Avoid wearing white shoes. The turtles use the white foam of the waves, the moon and the reflection of sunlight on the water to find their way to the ocean. White shoes, clothing and lights can disorient them and cause them to lose precious energy.
  3. Don’t Put a Bison in Your Car: sounds very strange? This happened only last month (June 2016) – An account by a wildlife photographer suggested that a baby bison had already been abandoned by the time some tourists decided to take ‘action’ and that their intervention likely didn’t change the animal’s fate, but this tale is a reminder that park visitors shouldn’t interfere with nature’s course: Rangers tried to reunite the bison calf with its herd, but all attempts failed and the bison was euthanized as its wandering by the road posed a danger for cars.
  4. Sweat Without the Blood and Tears: Wildlife is still wild! Olympic’s mountain goats are a treasured sight for park visitors, but park officials note that they also have “sharp, potentially lethal horns.” Six years ago, a goat gored a hiker and stood on top of him until he bled to death. Ouch …. Enough said!?
  5. Invest in a Zoom LensPeople visiting national parks often do so at great expense and therefore want to record the experience, especially the moment they came upon a magnificent bison or bear. The animals usually don’t mind, but they also like their private space. Of the five people injured by bison in Yellowstone last year, three were taking pictures, including two with their backs turned to the animals, the CDC wrote in a report. Just last month, a woman was charged by an elk as she approached to photograph it. David Lamfrom, the head of NPCA’s wildlife program, recommends “avoiding large hooved mammals during their rutting season when they become more aggressive due to higher testosterone levels.”Here’s what happens when people get too close…. Youtube of people too close to elk

More information : Environmental Education visit NAEE , National Parks Service



Let’s put ‘Nature first’ ….

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I am not especially ‘political animal” – I really do not mind who is in Government, as long as they are pro-Nature and the Environment (yeah, right…) – but there are certain things that a government of an island nation such as the United Kingdom cannot do totally by and of itself, no matter how good the intention. If it were to become ‘independent’ – that is leave the European Union’  actually that would strip our current administration of huge benefits that we and nature take for granted – many of them ‘unseen’ , so not easily noticeable…

The European Union has a raft of areas – no less than 26 – where it supports the UK government to enable the environment protection and management

The Habitats Directive ensures the conservation of a wide range of rare, threatened or endemic animal and plant species. Some 200 rare and characteristic habitat types are also targeted for conservation in their own right.

Green Week is the biggest annual occasion to debate and discuss European environment policy. In 2106, it will focus on the theme “Investing for a greener future”.

Of the Natura 2000 Awards, the Commissioner stated I am once again honoured to be here tonight to recognise the fantastic work undertaken by the winners and all of the finalists in preserving our common natural heritage”

European Green Capital award aims to encourage and promote the lot of Green cities

Circular Economy website focuses on waste reduction

Europe’s protections keep Britain’s wildlife, countryside and nature safe. Wildlife doesn’t queue up at the border with its passport. We can only tackle these issues across borders. On 23 June, please vote remain – for nature.

Sources: youtube and European Environment website

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World Environment Day | World Oceans Day: Toes in the (clean, Dutch) sand


cropped-cropped-cropped-img_53491.jpg The image of a boy in the sand maybe ‘so what’ for some…. but, for me at least, it raises a wide range of troubling environmental issues!

*China has (arguably) few clean sand beaches – certainly not near Shanghai. The closest proper beach to us? Thailand! This image (above) was taken by me in the Netherlands – Scheveningen : http://denhaag.com/en/scheveningen

*How do you keep a beach clean – or maybe more to the point … clean it up? Refer to the Marine Conservation Society : http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/

*Marine debris – all the stuff … mainly rubbish, but also some of which can be re-used – then becomes a BIG issue. There are many info sources – here’s one: http://www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu

*Sand & beaches: How did the sand get there : see Resources section

*More info about

+ Children and Nature + World Environment Day + World Oceans Day + or go straight to the NAEE portal 

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