I know, I know, the panda is gorgeous, cuddly and appealing!  Its why the World Wildlife Fund decided to use it as their logo.  I’d just be interested to hear anybodys arguments for and against.  There is an article in Decembers BBC’s Wildlife magazine about them and not so long ago Chris Packham said we should let them die out.  The reason?  Well they’ve backed themselves down a dead end back alley haven’t they?  They only eat bamboo!  There’s not enough habitat for them and Chris’s argument was that so much  money is being spent on saving them, when it would be better spent on more viable species.

Click on this link to see the article mentioned


This page will be about all the other wildlife out there that aren’t birds!

This beautiful fox was lying in the sun at the edge of the lake at Adel Dam.  Ever since I have been visiting the reserve there have always been foxes.  I have only ever seen one at a time, but there must be others.  It has always been on the opposite side of the lake from the lake hide, in amongst the willow.  This is the best shot I have managed of it so far.


2 responses

  1. Hi Helen, I just am wild about Red Foxes! I have seen one here where I live but near my home. The fox was running along the margin area of a golf course parking lot from the pavement into the bushes. A stunning sight! Have a super great day today!

    February 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm

  2. I suspect there’s a strong case for saying pandas aren’t going to make it as a viable species, and that the money spent on them would be better spent elsewhere. However, it is a very high profile emblem for both China and the conservation movement. This would make it very difficult politically for conservationists to pull the plug on funding.

    With the ruddy duck v white-headed duck issue I covered at http://www.muddytracks.wordpress.com there’s lots of politics going on too. I didn’t go into the detail, but the H2G2 article I linked to (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A663004) hits the nail on the head – Spain has invested lots of money on preserving the white-headed duck, it needs a success story to keep going with its conservation efforts, so UK groups such as the RSPB feel compelled to support the Spanish government. The numbers of ruddys actually getting to Spain were never very large, so culling up to 6000 birds when a little bit of hybridisation could be good for the gene pool feels like madness to me. But hey ho

    January 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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