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Railway Engineers Build Beaver Pass On Highland Line

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Railway engineers have built what they believe is Scotland’s first ever ‘beaver pass’, to allow the animals to go under the Highland mainline.

Let’s hope the remedial action works, as otherwise, there’ll be increasing train delays caused by beavers, as their numbers and dams proliferate.

The Scottish NFU is also against the reintroduction of beavers, as this article on the Scottish Farmer, which is entitled Don’t Protect The Beaver illustrates.

I can see trouble ahead!

August 2, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Crossrail-Spoil Wetland Provides Haven For Wildlife

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first two paragraphs.

A £70m project to create a wetland twice the size of the City of London is nearly finished with wildlife thriving in new lagoons, marsh and fields.

New wetland on Wallasea Island, off the Essex coast, was created from tunnel spoil from London’s Crossrail project.

Wallasea Island shows that large construction projects don’t have to be all about steel and concrete.

September 23, 2018 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , | Leave a comment

Will Sir David Teach Trump A Lesson?

The Times has an article today, which is entitled Attenborough Brings About A Sea Change.

One statement stands out.

The political impact of Blue Planet II is undeniable..

The article also says.

  • Dozens of MPs have signed a motion congratulating Sir David for highlighting the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans.
  • Michael Gove says he is haunted by the footage and pledged action.
  • The UN has announced plans for a task-force.

But surely, the most important thing the article says is that Blue Planet II will premiere in the US on January 10 on five networks.

Will Trump watch?

Probably not! It’s all fake news to him anyway!

But a large proportion of the around three hundred million , who live in the USA, will find it compulsive viewing!

Out of curiosity, I wondered if Sir David had any views on Donald Trump. Google found this article in The Independent, which is entitled Sir David Attenborough on Donald Trump: ‘We could shoot him. It’s not a bad idea’.

This is said.

Until now, Sir David Attenborough was one of the few individuals in the public eye not to have broached the ever-present, all-pervasive topic of Donald Trump. However, the naturalist and beloved broadcaster has now given his assessment of the situation and suggested a way to counter the Republican’s ascent to power which, believe it or not, involves a gun.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the nonagenarian was probed about how we solve a problem like Mr Trump and quipped: “We could shoot him”.

Obviously, he was only joking. But Trump does live in the Land of Guns!


December 9, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Visit To Woodberry Wetlands

This morning, I visited Woodberry Wetlands.

It was crowded, as would be expected on the first day.

May 1, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

I’ve Now Got A Back Garden!

On BBC Breakfast this morning, the weather is coming from Woodberry Wetlands, which is London’s newest Nature Reserve, that opens to the public today, after being opened by Sir David Attenborough yesterday.

This Google Map shows the area.

Woodberry Wetlands

Woodberry Wetlands

One entrance is on the road between the two reservoirs and I think there is a second one by the Castle.

The Castle Climbing Centre

To get there, I just walk across the road by my house and get a 141 bus to the castle. It takes me about ten minutes.

How many readers of this blog realised that North London had such an impressive castle?

It was built to keep Tottenham and Arsenal supporters apart. Tottenham is to the North-East and Arsenal is to the South-West.

This morning, I visited Woodberry Wetlands.

I walked across from where the 141 bus dropped me by the Castle along the New River Walk.

It was crowded, as would be expected on the first day.

One thing that surprised me was that I saw a fox in broad daylight, strutting about as cool as you like.

I think it will turn out to be a popular attraction, but I think that transport bus, bicycle and walking access should be improved.

  • Probably the easiest way to go is to walk from Manor House station. Some signs showing the shortest walking route would help.
  • The maps on the web site need updating with buses from both entrances.
  • Bicycles were everywhere and there needs to be better storage.
  • A bus running between the reservoirs would certainly help.

It is the sort of attraction, that would benefit from some Boris bike stations.

  • Manor House station
  • Finsbury Park station
  • The Castle
  • The entrances to the attraction.

The first two would also serve Finsbury Park.



May 1, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

This Could Be An Interesting Way To Spend An Evening In Stockholm!

When I went on my wiuldlife tour looking for Sweden’s Mammals, the actual trip was organised by a company called Wild Sweden.

They’ve just sent me an e-mail talking about a Five hour wildlife safari in the evening, starting from Stockholm Central Station. It isn’t cheap but it does include dinner by a camp fire.

If I find myself in Stockholm this summer, I’ll certainly give it a try.

May 28, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

A Safari To The Wilds Of Barking

This morning, I took the bus to Barking Riverside to get a feel of the area, that in a few years time will be served by the Gospel Oak to Barking Line Extension to Barking Riverside.

The Ripple Nature Reserve in the area, is just like some of the industrial wastelands, that I remember from my childhood in London after the Second World War.


September 9, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Walthamstow Reservoirs

I knew there were reservoirs at Walthamstow, but I didn’t know they were so extensive, until I read an article in last night’s Standard.

Thames Water are getting together with the London Borough of Waltham Forest to develop this area as an area of wetlands.

There’s a lot about the site here. The reservoirs are a Site of Special ScientificIinterest.

May 29, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Badgers Are More Important To MPs Than Stephen Lawrence

Ann Treneman in her parliamentary sketch in The Times was discussing badger day at Westminster.

She said that the Chamber was full of wildlife of another sort: at least three times more MPs showed up yesterday than for last week’s statement on Stephen Lawrence.

March 14, 2014 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

England Against Italy In Manaus

Years ago, as a child, I read stories of Manaus; one of the most fascinating places on earth and have always secretly wanted to go.

Now that England are going to face Italy in their first match at the 2014 World Cup, I must say that I’m more than tempted to go, especially if the trip can be paired with a wildlife tour on the Amazon.


December 8, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment