Tuesday, 8 July 2014

2015 Charity Wildlife & Nature Calendar

I am pleased to announce that along with a good friend, Scott Passmore, I can now bring you our 2015 Charity Wildlife & Nature Calendar.

The following charities will benefit from "100% of all profits."

Macmillan Cancer Support
Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre
Animal Rescue

Please click HERE for details and to order.

Or copy this link into your browser
http://www.awildlifewithanimals.org/#/charity-nature-calendar/4577838744




Tuesday, 17 June 2014

June Wildlife

Some images from my travels around the Forest of Dean, so far during the month of June.

Frog
Toad
Butterfly
Dragonflies
Wild boar
Roe deer
Fallow deer
Birds


Frog

Wild boar

Tortoiseshell butterfly

Roe deer (doe)

Toad


Male broad bodied chaser

Four spotted dragonfly

Fallow deer (doe)

Emperor dragonfly

Common lizard

Wild boar

Wild boar sow

Wild boar sow


Juvenile wrens

Juvenile wrens

Wild boar

Monday, 2 June 2014

May Wildlife

A few snaps from wandering the forest over the last month or so.

It's all coming alive out there and I've been making the most of it. 

Also check out my "Snakes in the Forest of Dean" blog for my latest snake sightings and work for GlosARG. I will be updating it today.

Click HERE 




















Wednesday, 9 April 2014

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES

PLEASE BE WARNED - VERY GRAPHIC

Over the last 3 days, 10 mammals have been found dead in the Forest of Dean.
Of these, a roe deer was found decapitated and two fallow bucks were found together, lying dead. Although it looks as though their antlers are tangled, the photographer is adamant that they were not.

Over the last 12 months, we have seen a spike in wildlife persecution throughout the area, aimed at the wild boar, but unfortunately we are now seeing other wildlife targeted. 
The persecution has come from politicians (certain Councillors and MP Mark Harper) who have all waged a personal war against our wildlife. The Forestry Commission (see photo below) and a newly formed anti-boar group called hogwatch.

MP & Hogwatch

MP Mark Harper

Hogwatch


Click image to enlarge.


Hogwatch formed to help give the FC a mandate to mass cull wild boar, even though there was no scientific evidence to back up their pie in the sky, imaginary population estimations.
What they failed to realise is that we have lost hundreds of acres of forest due to felling, over the last two years and this has taken hundreds of acres of boar habitat.
This has forced the boar to accumulate in larger numbers in unaffected forested areas, so we have not seen a number explosion, but seeing the result of habitat loss.
Unfortunately, put all these people in one room and they would have the brainpower to work this out between them and this is the sad reality of what is happening in the Forest of Dean. 

Imagine you are a bird and a tree gets chopped down. What do you do? You move onto the next suitable tree.
What if hundreds of trees get chopped down in one area. What do you do? You move to another area.
Our mammals are no different, in fact habitat loss affects them more as they are mainly nocturnal and do not like open areas with no cover during the daytime.
Why is it that these people can't see this?

The FC wanted their mandate, well hogwatch and some blood thirsty, ignorant councillors and our MP Mark Harper gave it to them. We are now seeing the result of this as when political figures wage war on our wildlife, certain individuals think it is OK to take the law into their own hands as they believe this is what the powers to be actually wants.

When this is finally over, if it ever stops, the people (all of them) responsible for inciting wildlife hatred will be held accountable and if there is found to be wild crime, we will do everything we can to make sure they are prosecuted.
They know who they are!

The following photographs will be shocking to some, but I am not apologising as they need to be seen.












I also found this wild boar a couple of years ago, in the Forest of Dean. He had been decapitated and cut open.
Not a nice sight to walk up on.





Friday, 7 March 2014

MASS CULL GETS GO AHEAD

*WILD BOAR LATEST*

We are talking about many animals lives, which are at stake, so please excuse the multiple posts regarding wild boar.

This is evidence that the vast majority of people who are "for" a mass cull of boar in the Forest of Dean, do not know what the hell they are talking about.

Quote - "These animals breed three times a year and control of them is best done through a shot gun, however the Forestry Commission must take advice from experts beforehand."

Read the full article HERE

FACT - Wild boar have a gestation period of 120 days (or nearly 4 months). 
They suckle and then wean their young for a further 3 months.
So how the hell can a sow give birth 3 times a year? They will struggle with two. It is impossible!

These idiotic morons are comparing "wild living" wild boar to domestic pigs, which have their food supplied and their young taken away so they can breed again.
Also, in the wild, wild boar have limited offspring (ranging between 3 & 8) as unlike domestic pigs, which can have high numbers of offspring, wild boar have to find enough food to keep their little ones and themselves alive.

One councillor once said "put a ring through their noses, that will stop them rooting."
DOING THIS WILL STOP THEM FEEDING ALL TOGETHER. But perhaps this is what he wanted, for them all to starve to death?

This is why this "MASS" cull should be stopped and these idiots silenced and kicked out of office for animal cruelty!

And as for the anti-boar group called hogwatch (led and run by local people), they should be ashamed of themselves. ALL OF THEM! 
And before any of them ask, I was born a Forester and I have always lived in the heart of the Forest of Dean and always will.

Animal cruelty and wildlife persecution at the highest level. All responsible will be held accountable after this mindless and unwarranted slaughter.

Take a look below and then ask yourself why this animal is running scared and encroaching closer to residential areas?

  • Hundreds of acres of forest felled over the last two years and this is habitat loss for this species as they prefer cover during the daytime. Cover, which has been taken from them
  • Thousands of boar shot since they first arrived in the Forest of Dean through......
  • Legal and illegal private land shoots
  • Poaching
  • Dozens killed in RTA's over the years
We also lose boar due to natural migration out of the Forest of Dean.

None of the above has been touched on at all by the people who want them dead, while this mass cull has been pushed through. 
Disgraceful that our councillors, the FC, MP Mark Harper and anti-boar group hogwatch have not given this one thought.
Shocking persecution over some overturned grass at the side over the road and scaremongering, which we see with so many of our wildlife species. The grass will grow back and it will cover up the dirt during the summer months, but this is not good enough for the people who want a perfectly manicured road verge, so they can park their car on it!!!

I truly hope that all involved in this horrific activity are pleased with themselves, but they will be tarnished with this for the rest of their lives.
Why do they think the FC is willing to shoot hundreds of boar? Because they are soon to become a self-funding body and as boar can fetch up to £300 per carcass, this will give their bank balance a massive boost.
400 boar with an average price of £200 per-animal = £80,000!!!

Below is a map, a simple, crude map of the Forest of Dean. Each red dot resembles 6 wild boar, totalling 864 boar.
A massive proportion of this area is now clearfell, so as you can see, if we have this many wild boar, they would be walking down every street in the county as like I mentioned earlier, they do not like open areas in the daytime.
The reality is that we have around 500 to 600 boar present at this time and if they take out 400 boar, this will leave us with between 100 and 200.
If we reduce their numbers this low, it could result in inbreeding, leading to a dirty gene pool, disease and birth defects.



This is FACT and this is the reality of what is happening in the Forest of Dean today. A dark cloud has descended over our county, caused by a minority (hogwatch) that handed a petition
of 2,000 signatures to the council, which is just 2% of the population.
Democracy? NO "persecution" from the FC, councillors, MP and hogwatch!


And Finally...........


The piglet below if from the sounder above. Less than a week after this photo was taken, she had died from starvation and a lack of her mothers milk!



I worked with Andy Rouse on a project for 2020Vision and we concentrated on this sounder. Andy wrote about it HERE

I did return and watched them slowly vanish, one by one as they died!


Rob