Sunday, 28 February 2010
What did you think? Did you think Dr. Martin Goulding got it right about the dogs on leads? And what about the fact that the FC baited boar to a high seat within 20 mins?
I think there should be guidelines, but you will never stop people letting their dogs run loose in the forest and this is where we will see an incident between boar and human one day. Hopefully not, but its in some peoples nature to put themselves at risk for their pet. Some people even loose their life in the process, especially in the winter when dogs fall through ice.
What about the high seats? For boar to turn up within 20min, the boar will be frequenting this spot every night, or at least every other night.
One point, which was made by the FC ranger, which I have to agree with is that we (humans) "have" taken away the wild boar's natural predators, so to sustain a healthy sounder, we (humans) must take that job.
As long as the wild boar are managed correctly, e.g. No sows shot while feeding young and they are monitored and not over culled, this will work fine "and" prove lucrative to the FC.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
As I have said many times before, wild boar young are not weaned until they are 3 months old. So if the findings are correct, Martin has confirmed my fears.
Young boar are being orphaned and left to endure a slow, painful death.
This is not scaremongering as I have been accused of in the past, it is a fact and a very harsh one.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
This is a bit of video I put together from a couple of hours down by the River Severn at Awre a few days ago. There are under, over and backwards currents out there, with shelves and quicksand. A very dangerous place, especially for kids. Look past this and the mud, then you will find it truly relaxing!
Chill out and enjoy.....
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
However, my friend did stop and inspected the carcass. She had been shot once through the mid section. It was a single puncture wound, typical of a bullet.
On Friday 12th Feb morning, there were around 4 vehicles parked inside a barrier just below the Dilke hospital and numerous shots were being fired. I am no expert on guns, but they sounded like shotguns.
As the vehicles were not suspicious, this incident was not reported.
I now have concerns that the dead boar is connected to this shooting. If I am correct, this wild boar sow, which was quite large, had been walking around the forest injured for quite some time and we all know defensive, unpredictable and dangerous a wounded animal can be.
If this boar was injured in this shooting. To get from where she was shot, to the area where she died, she would have passed through numerous paths, which are used regularly by dog walkers, joggers and photographers!
I just think its a bit of a coincidence....
It has been brought to my attention that the shooting was from the ongoing grey squirrel cull in the Dean, where shotguns are used.
This means that the wild boar killed with a single bullet wound was 99.9% killed by poachers.
Friday, 12 February 2010
Two bits of news, good and bad.....
Firstly... As some of you will know I was supposed to be filming for Countryfile this coming Tuesday. The focus was to be concentrated on the wild boar. They are still filming, but unfortunately they will not be using me!
I received a nice email from the producer explaining that they will now be interviewing a member of the Forestry Commission. She did however, make it clear that the Forestry Commission had not bullied them into this decision?!?!?!?!?!?!? Oops got carried away there with the question marks and exclamation marks!
On a more positive note, they will also be interviewing Dr. Martin Goulding. If you have not heard of him, Mr. Goulding specialises in wild boar and his contribution will be factual based.
Secondly... I did manage to get a slot on the radio this morning, talking about the Forest of Dean, my photography and what it takes to get a decent photograph. I have added some pics to spice it up a bit.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Yours truly covered the majority of the nature and wildlife images.
Fallow Doe (main pic)
Link here: http://www.visitforestofdean.co.uk/explore/guides-and-downloads.aspx
Friday, 5 February 2010
If you have made it past the flies, here is a cute Dunnock for you!
The talk was to be dedicated to the wild boar in the Forest of Dean, but sadly the Forestry Commission had to pull out.
There were between 80 and 100 people in attendance and I am pleased to say it went very well. I tried to be as informative as possible and every question was answered to the best of my knowledge. The round of applause at the end was just tremendous.
We were in full support of the Forestry Commissions reasons for pulling out and we also made it quite clear that we will be fully supportive of their management plan for the wild boar, when it is put into place.
If anyone reading this attended the talk, thank you for coming and supporting your wildlife. I hope you enjoyed the photos and video.
Also a big thank you to Gwent Wildlife Trust.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Below is a link to my radio interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire, which went out earlier today.
Firstly, there are a few points I would like to make as there is always a lot of editing involved if you are not live and not everything comes over as said, or as it is meant to be perceived...
- In my interview, I mentioned that the Forestry Commission has a hard job and that I respect them as they do a fantastic job managing our forest and our deer. I also said that I would support the same policy for wild boar management. This was not aired!
- The road verges do not repair themselves overnight, nor do they repair themselves when the ground is frozen. The majority of road verges have been clean for quite some time, this means that there has been a decrease in boar activity.
- Click this link to a "This is Gloucestershire" story from the 3rd January 2010, where a Forestry Ranger confirmed a wild boar cull. Something, which is now being denied. This is why we mentioned the "legal" Forestry cull. http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/gloucestershireheadlines/Wild-boar-culled/article-1667370-detail/article.html
- My "ONLY" reason for helping to form "Friends of the Wild Boar" is to help this species get the protection in needs and deserves in the UK. I am not looking for recognition and I am certainly not looking for financial gain. The Llama Trekking is Mr Fraser's business and has nothing to do with me or "Friends of the Wild Boar" and it should not have been mentioned.
I have no interest in any business venture whatsoever where the wild boar, or captive animals are concerned and I will never highlight a wild boar location to the public, unless I am 100% sure that it has moved on from the area. This animal needs to be left alone!
I think about our wildlife 100%, not myself and not anyone else. This creature needs a voice and I am going to give it one.
Mr Guest said that our comments were just scaremongering. Well Mr Guest I can assure you that the only scaremongering going on is all the lies and false gossip, which is and has been doing the rounds since the boar arrived in the Dean. Perhaps a statement from you in the local press giving the public the "FACTS" would help. Or would you like me to do it?
The vast majority of people in the UK watch wildlife documentaries on the TV and comment on how people in foreign countries should work harder to learn to live with their wildlife, which are viewed as dangerous by most. Then along comes a wild boar in the UK and they are too scared to walk out of their front door! Practice what you preach!
I am not doing this to make friends or enemies, I am doing this to help a controversial creature survive.
1st part (skip to - 1h 15min 27sec) 2nd part (skip to - 2h 36min 04sec)http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0065c3g/Mark_Cummings_03_02_2010/
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
It was recorded a few days ago and is dedicated to the wild boar in the Forest of Dean. The show will be available throughout the day by clicking the listen again link.
Click Here: BBC Radio Glos
Also, if domestic cats had muscles like these, they would be chasing the dogs around. CCTV footage.
Click Here: Big Cat Footage