Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Agapanthus doesn't seem to care either way!
I think it’s a great shame that we are exiting Europe and interestingly a number of people that I know voted to go are now regretting it. One could only wish they had thought a little more before they had voted. I think we may live to regret it. I hear also that many young people are furious about it, and feel that we have let them down.  We should have done what Scotland did and give this vote to 16 year olds as well, at least they might have understood the importance and bothered to vote. Shame on any of you that did not vote. 

The exit certainly immediately closes a door for us at ICBP because it means we can no longer apply for grants from Europe to do our conservation work. It will probably mean that moving birds to other collections within Europe or to us here for fresh blood lines will also become much more difficult and expensive. One of my staff has just lost his house sale because of the exit and I gather that selling houses in London right now is a nightmare.

I do wonder if people think that all those immigrants that are living near Calais are now going to turn round and try to go somewhere else – somehow I doubt that, in fact it would not surprise me if France just let them through!

Wild Red Kite over ICBP
I watched Andrew Neal interviewing someone about the exit, he really is the most unpleasant character. Extremely rude, constantly interrupting and aggressive in his interviewing techniques. I find a number of TV ‘personality type’ interviewers to be much the same, they seem to consider their voice and opinion is more expert and important than the people they are lambasting, which I have to say generally I do most definitely not agree. I want to hear what the person being interviewed is saying not the news person. They are news people, and as I know from personal experience, they are sparing with the truth whenever it pleases them. Andrew Neal is most definitely in that camp, he really should do something about his hair, is it fake?

Will this lead to the breakup of the UK, possibly. Watch out now for another Scottish referendum on leaving the UK, if they do they will win this time. So I hope all those who voted to leave are going to be happy about that, again I suspect not. Will Northern Ireland do the same I wonder.

I am glad I went to that meeting with CITES in Brussels last month because I doubt I will be able to do that again, we won't have any voice or influence with European CITES now because we won't be Europe.

I repeat – what a shame and imagine the world with the two blond men in the running now, Johnson and Trump – good God what a disaster!

Will the American's vote for Trump, you would hope not, however I think the problem there is that having had a black president they will not want to go straight to a female one. There would have been more chance of that later. I can just see the Southern men (and women) saying 'we can't have a woman president'!



I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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