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Where Conservation Meets the Sea

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

An estimated 6.4 million tonnes of marine litter is dumped in oceans every year. In hotspots more than 3.5 million pieces of litter can occur per square kilometre. Plastic, which constitutes between 60 and 80 percent of marine debris, does not biodegrade and can persist in the marine environment for hundreds to thousands of years.

Diary of a Bardsey Seal Watcher

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

The locals said they couldn't recall a storm like it. It seemed relentless, starting at dusk and continuing well into the early hours of the morning. The thunder rumbled, and forked lightning struck the sea over and over again, searing the eyes of those watching with vivid after-images...

Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England's Badgers?

Mark Jones | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Owen Paterson has served English farmers, taxpayers and, most of all, the wildlife he was supposed to protect, very badly indeed. Liz Truss would be well advised to use her experience from her time in the Education Department to learn from his mistakes.

Memories Are Worth Fighting for - the 21st Century Way

Troy Seidle | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Progress is urgently needed in understanding Alzheimer's disease and in finding effective treatments. Available drugs can help stabilise memory loss and confusion for a few months in about half of patients, but no preventative treatments exist and none that slow the inexorable development of the disease.

Why Eating Horsemeat Won't Lead to Improved Horse Welfare

Mark Jones | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Jones

If Princess Anne wanted to ignite a debate on the desirability of eating horsemeat, she has succeeded. It is a shame that the media discussion following her comments is largely based on unsubstantiated premises and not on fact.

Nature Check 2013: A Wake-up Call for Government

Mark Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

As custodians of the earth, we have a responsibility to do the very best that we can to protect and preserve it...

Courageous Volunteers Battle on for Badgers

Mark Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

As a Gloucestershire resident, I know only too well how much local opposition there is to the badger cull, and how divisive this policy has been within the community.

Don't Extend Shameful Badger Cull

Mark Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

For many wildlife experts, scientists, veterinarians and local residents, the pilot badger culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire over the last six weeks proved that shooting large numbers of free-roaming badgers was unsafe, inhumane and inefficient.

Chaos and Cruelty in Our Countryside as Badger Cull Begins

Mark Jones | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

The government has declared war on England's badgers. The shameful, politically motivated slaughter has begun. Far from the controlled, humane and science-led cull the government promised, what we have is fast-developing chaos, division and suffering in our countryside

The Inhumanity of Badger Culling

Mark Jones | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

This coming summer, a killing spree looks set to go ahead in England's countryside, with farmers, landowners and their agents licensed to take pot shots at badgers at night over huge areas of Gloucestershire, Somerset or possibly Dorset, in a misguided attempt to control the spread of tuberculosis in cattle.

Culture Is Never an Excuse for Animal Cruelty

Mark Jones | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Jones

Bullfighting -- a horrible spectacle of animal abuse that ends in the slow and tortuous death of an animal provoked and repeatedly gored with knives and swords -- is justly in decline. The torment and death of animals for amusement can never be acceptable.

Badgers Still Set to Suffer From a Lack of Democracy

Mark Jones | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

It is difficult to understand why the government would pursue a policy which has been roundly discredited, which will make it extremely unpopular, and which will certainly be disastrous for the public image of farmers.