Pick & Mix 58 – rewards, trophy hunting, allotments, ecosystem health, moths, grizzly bears and parakeets

Risk it for the Biscuit – The Landscape of fear – how the promise of a better meal can make some animals take an extra risk.  Link to the original paper here

Nice article by one of my former students, Tom Oliver Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

Wow, this is a blistering review to say the least – Review of a book I have not read and have absolutely no intention of wasting money on!

A very balanced account of trophy hunting and the misinformation that surrounds it

Nottingham’s allotments – a valuable resource

Ecofusion is the new normal – Should we embrace our non-native species

Ecologist Yvonne Buckley asks “Can you tell the health of an ecosystem by looking inside its flowers?”

Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies – and how you can help them

Grizzly bears and moths

Polly want a city? Population boom sparks call for cull of London’s invasive parakeets

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  1. Jonathan Wallace

    I’m not suggesting it is a hard rule but the non-native species that appear to fit in best are those such as the Little Owl, the Hare and the Rabbit which occur naturally just the other side of the channel and might well have been here naturally if the timing of the closure of the land bridge between Britain and the continent had been slightly different after the ice age. Species introduced from further afield seem to more frequently cause problems.

    I would agree with the idea that efforts to control species that are already here should be made on the basis that they are actually causing problems rather than the simple fact of being exotic but I think it is important that we should be vigilant about preventing the arrival and establishment of more exotic species. When the grey squirrel was introduced to Britain there was the excuse that at the time there was much less understanding of the potential problems exotics could cause but it is astonishing that a hundred and more years later we are still doing it. The dramatic spread of box moth Cydalima perspectalis, in Europe, for example, may not be due to deliberate introductions but reflects the casual way we move garden plants around the world with inadequate biosecurity practices.

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