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Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 – a cross-post from LinkedIn

As a fortysomething, I cannot claim to be a “Young Gun”, yet these guys and gals show maturity beyond their years. Find out more below.

 

Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 by Tony Powell

 

 

I have replicated below as shown for those of you not on LinkedIn.

 

As a fortysomething, I cannot claim to be a “Young Gun”, yet these guys and gals show maturity beyond their years. The messages they promote via their Social Media channels should be listened to. They are the future.

So in no particular order, I bring you the following.

Ben Eagle and his “thinkingcountry” blog

This past year I especially liked his “Exploring the Ethics of Conservation and Farming” post and his reblog of Peter Cooper’s “One of the most depressing things about conservation? How Middle-class it all is.” blog.

James Common and his blog “common by nature”

 

A couple of my favourites of his were “A Summer on a Scottish Grouse Estate” and James’s “Personal blog, personal opinions.” posting.

Next up, Elliot Dowding with “Wildlife and Words”.

 

Do check out his Birding with John series, although I especially liked this 2015 blog post, “What does nature mean to me?“.

Now one of the aspiring young ladies by the name of Annabelle Southand her blog goes by the name of “Wild South”.

 

During 2015 I particularly liked her “WILD SOUTH’S SECOND FORAY INTO RETAIL” blog and her “SUMO DORMOUSE” post.

Another young lady you have to admire is Laura James and her “lauras ecology on the go” blog.

 

One of the 2015 highlights for me from her blog was “The Aliens are Coming!!!“.

Last but not least, I bring you Falko Buschke and “The Solitary Ecologist”.

My favourite from 2015 of his had to be the “Conservationists must realise that farmers are central to conserving nature” blog post.

I am well aware of a number of other contenders who are progressing up through the ranks via those fantastic research bodies and universities alike. However, suffice to say, I commend you all, as right now the conservation movement needs all the help it can get.

Kind Regards and Happy New Year, all the best wishes for 2016 and beyond.

 

Tony Powell

 

*For the record I am not currently affiliated with any of the persons mentioned above and are simply to be regarded as highly valued friends and connections.

 

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From autumn to spring in December 1806

December 2015 is most definitely an odd one. With its weather statistics and Natural World tales, it is certainly becoming one for the history books. Although, it is worth noting that we have been here before, as this example from 1806 shows, courtesy of the wonderful Wanstead Meteo blog. Of course, my current mean Temperatures of 5.4c above average could and perhaps should still be viewed as rather concerning.

Wanstead Meteo

When I was writing up my winter forecast I came across an analogue that was very similar to what seems to be unfolding this December.

The River Lea close to where Luke Howard's laboratory stood by wanstead_meteo The River Lea close to where Luke Howard’s laboratory stood

Luke Howard, in his first volume of The Climate of London, describes a very warm December that followed on from a warm November that fooled flora and fauna into thinking spring had begun early.

Howard’s statistics are very high: a November mean of 9.5C while December was 9.3C. CET that November was 2.3C above average while December was 3.3C above average. A slightly wetter than average was followed by a very wet December – over 250% the monthly average caused the River Lea to burst its banks in several places

“The catkins of the filberts expanded prematurely. On December 25th a hedge sparrow’s nest was taken at Doveridge, Derbyshire, with four eggs and…

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It has been a while……………

Spring peak has arrived and Summer is just around the corner too, as the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the trees are leafing and this blog is…… well desperate for content if truth be told.

Fear not, anybody who knows me will realise that I am still active over on Facebook and I haven’t disappeared into the oblivion, take today’s Facebook Naturestimeline cover update below, for instance.

And then there is the original, unedited, uncropped version (beware, large upload) for all my fellow nature lovers to admire.

 

Song Thrush in the garden, sitting atop a wheelbarrow

Song Thrush in the garden, sitting atop a wheelbarrow

 

Isn’t he or she a beauty eh! My advice to you is, should one need a boost for their wellbeing, just listen intently to birds such as the one shown above, singing lustily away at dawn or dusk amongst a cacophony of other birdsound. Of course, there are times when they’re not over vocal as when raising their own family, it is best to be quieter then as noisy adults make for noisy children, you know. As for my own voice, it can often be heard over on LinkedIn. I  like to participate in various LinkedIn Group discussions over there or simply make worthwhile connections with fellow naturalists and conservation professionals as the more the merrier, the bigger the conservation movement. I am an occasional Google+ community user as is evidenced by the badges on this page as well, of course.

So finally, it is time for a request. Wherever you find yourself loitering about online, do please let us know. As you are my audience, therefore we should get connected and continue to fight our fight together, for the good of the Natural World.

 

More, next time.

 

 

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