Every so often you come across an aspect of Human nature that makes your blood boil. Today’s case in point is the Spring Hunt which happens in Malta every year.
So, what does it entail? The odd rabbit or Quail for the pot? No, this is the time of year when ‘brave’ so-called men go out and blast everything with feathers from Storks down to tiny songbirds out of the sky. Most of these birds are en-route to their Spring breeding grounds in the UK, so of course the ones who don’t get here won’t breed, plunging already vulnerable species like Marsh Harrier and Turtle doves (Amber and Red Listed respectively by the RSPB) further into decline.
Chris Packham a Naturalist and BBC presenter has spend a week in Malta observing the hunt. Make no mistake, this was a dangerous thing for him to do. As you’ll see in the episodes one nature reserve owner has been shot several times by hunters who do their best to intimidate the people trying to stop this utterly senseless slaughter.
These video’s contains scene that frankly made me cry, and I make no apologies when I say I hope you find them infuriating and deeply upsetting too. The link below takes you to a playlist so you can see all 7 episodes.
Malta – Massacre on Migration
I hope this has moved you sufficiently to help Birdlife in their attempts to end this practice once and for all. Please go to chrispackham.co.uk to find out how you can help.
I’ve just received word that the event I was going to use to do my 24-hour stay awake for Coppafeel has been cancelled.
I’ve closed the page, and contacted all but one of the donors to see if they want a refund. There’s one anonymous donor so if you’d like to contact me for a refund please let me know.
**SIGH** Back to the drawing board! :-P
Hope you’re all enjoying some warmth and sun at last, wherever you may be as I type this.
Do you remember last year I raised some money for a breast cancer charity called ‘Coppafeel’ with my trusty handcycle ‘Florence’?
Well, this is just a gentle reminder than I’m at it again. No bikes this year, instead I will be staying awake for 24hours during a local wildlife event called Avalon 24 on May 24th/25th.
If you’d like to go to my Just Giving page and sponsor me for this event I’d be very grateful.
You can also TEXT:
- With the amount ( e.g. £1)
- To 70070
Last Saturday was my birthday and my parents contributed to my new Bushnell NatureView HD Max Trail Cam.
This little magic box is the most fun I’ve had in ages! It’s so exciting to get up in the morning, take out the SD card and download it all onto my PC to see what’s been in my garden. I’ve got tons of footage but I’ve whittled it down to the best bits (I think). Enjoy!
Among my many pleasure in life is music. I have everything from Tony Bennet, to Slipknot and Ben Howard in my collection. So, this weekend I wanted to introduce you to some new music I have discovered on Spotify.
To follow me, just open the program and look for user name Gaina Cee.
I particularly recommended Beck’s new album Morning Phase. I also like Boy and Bear, Half Moon Run and Blind Pilot.
I’ve set up an collaborative play list called NEW where you can drop some suggestions of your own :D.
It’s nearly Monday and most of you are probably feeling a bit down that the weekend is over. Or you’re probably a bit fed up with flooding, wind and snow, so have a chuckle on me.
Bob Newheart is probably my favourite comedian of all time and this sketch in particular never fails to crack me up. Enjoy x
Introducing Tobacco to Civilisation.
WP has kindly reminded me it’s time for my weekly blog.
The weather has been so truly foul that I’ve not ventured outdoors at all, so nothing exciting to report. I was supposed to be going Blokarting this weekend but the weather’s seen to that! Poopy.
I shall, instead direct you to my Instagram account as I’ve been playing with that this week.
I really didn’t see what the big deal was when I first saw people jumping on the Instagram trend but with the purchase of a smart phone I decided to give it a go and I love it! I have lacked the enthusiasm to be creative since I graduated from my Art degree but something so simple makes you think really hard about what you want to photograph and it’s reignited my spark!
I’ve also continued to give my Red Bubble portfolio a major clean up and I’m hoping that’ll help prompt some sales. I think switching my focus more to Android and Iphone and Ipad covers might have been a good move, but we’ll see.
Have a nice weekend folks!