Costa Rica has yet again proved itself as one of the most sustainable countries in the world. I was very impressed to read this week that Costa Rica has increased its rainforest cover from a quarter of the total country's surface in the 1980s to over 54% today. This alone is a fantastic statistic, but it becomes even better when presented alongside the following. Costa Rica has also managed to, in the same time, increase food production per person by 26%.
This information has been presented after the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released their latest State of the Worlds Forests report (SOFO). This report focuses on the relationship between forests and agriculture, and methods in which countries can slow their deforestation rate.
The new report highlighted many, some quite worrying, statistics which generally demonstrated agriculture as being the main cause of global deforestation, with new commercial farmland being the cause of 70% of deforestation in Lati…
First of all, I'd like to apologise for the lack of posts over the past month or so. Back to school for GCSE year has meant a lot more work than usual.
I realised recently that one thing I haven't discussed on my blog as of yet is bird ringing. In May, I started training as a bird ringer in Surrey. Not only has it been amazing to see birds I had only really seen before hidden in trees or reeds so close in the hand, but it has taught me so much more about British birds than I could ever had thought, and it feels great to be involved in some national science.
Learning how to handle, ring, measure and process birds in the hand has been not only incredibly enjoyable, but really interesting. Learning about fat and muscle, migration patterns, moult and ageing in birds, among other things, has been fascinating. I never realised before just how complex birds and their lives truly are. The methods for ageing birds varies from species to species and is determined through moult phases, fea…
raptor list: Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Black Kite, Red Kite, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Montagu's Harrier, Marsh Harrier.
Extremadura is a raptor haven. Whether you're hiking in the mountains, on the steppes, exploring the dehesas or simply driving along the roads or motorways, you'll see raptors. Extremadura boasts a variety of raptor species - vultures and eagles patrol the cliffs whilst harriers and kestrels scour the steppes. With such a high density of raptors, it was hard not to see a lot of the species on offer.
The species we saw in the greatest number was the Griffon Vulture, by a long way. Monfrague National Park has up to 600 pairs living and nesting within the park. So it wasn't surprising that it was here that we saw Griffon Vultures in their largest numbers.
Monfrague Castle offered fantastic views of vultures who glided lazily past us, very close -…