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First bat sighting of 2021

Well, here is first bat of the year post for 2021. It was quite likely to have been a Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) or Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus), impossible to tell them apart in flight without a bat detector (The… Continue Reading →

The Climate clock is ticking

The Climate clock is ticking, we are running out of time, we have to get to net zero in less than seven years. The time for action is NOW!

First bat of 2020

Just seen the first bat of 2020, probably a Pipistrellus pipistrellus or a Pipistrellus pygmaeus (based on previous identifications). I take the bat sighting as a sign of the coming summer. This year is later than most of the years… Continue Reading →

And finally, the 1st bat of the year

This year spring has been a long time coming, but finally we have spotted the first bat of 2018! It was probably Pipistrellus pipistrellus or Pipistrellus pygmaeus (based on previous identifications). It is way later than last year, which was… Continue Reading →

The Volkswagen scandal – who has really been harmed?

The Volkswagen scandal (aka #dieselgate), where the VW motor group was caught cheating pollution emissions tests in the US, has been rumbling on for some time now. The media are having a field day, drivers are starting to believe they… Continue Reading →

First Bat of year 2015

There has just been a shout of Die Fledermaus from the kitchen, nothing to do with the opera by younger Johann Strauss, but Ulli was on the phone to her mother and spotted the first bat of 2015. It was… Continue Reading →

First bat of 2014

This evening I saw the first bat of 2014, it was probably Pipistrellus pipistrellus or Pipistrellus pygmaeus (based on previous identifications). Interestingly this sighting is later than in the last two years, it was 26th March 2012 and 30th March… Continue Reading →

Earth Hour 2014

The observant may notice that there is a wee banner saying I proudly support Earth Hour, and as I write it tells me that Earth Hour 2014 will start in 7 hours and 5 days. When Earth Hour arrives, between… Continue Reading →

It really is time to put the brakes on climate change

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has produced yet another report on climate change. The report states clearly that, based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening. When… Continue Reading →

Grow Wild update

Last month I wrote a post on the Grow Wild Scottish Vote, the vote has now taken place and almost 20,000 people took part (some of them through this blog). The winning project is the Barrhead’s Water Works project, they… Continue Reading →

Grow Wild

These days I often get e-mails from PR people either offering to write something for my blog about a product they are wanting to push, or wanting me to write something about a product they are wanting to push. Generally… Continue Reading →

A short walk on the Emperor’s Chair

Der Kaiserstuhl, literally the Emperor’s Chair, a range of hills in south west Germany, is the remains of an extinct volcano rising out of the Upper Rhine Plain like an island, and a fine place to go for a walk…. Continue Reading →

Shutting the stable door, thoughts on ash dieback and other pathogens

The UK Government has recently announced a ban of the import ash saplings (Fraxinus excelsior) due to the spread of the Chalara fraxinea fungus, AKA ash dieback. This has been a disaster waiting to happen and one that could be… Continue Reading →

Open letter to MSPs on Active Travel

Having made suggestions as to how to include active travel in party manifestos (here and here) and the Scottish Budget coming up, I though it time to write to my MSPs about this issue. So I sent this message to… Continue Reading →

Get the right mix

Some people think that active travel and sustainable transport is all about live with a hair shirt and making things hard for your self, but it is not, it is about getting the right mix as this wee video shows…. Continue Reading →

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