I suspect this is your self-confessed sarcasm and humor.These are properly brought up Wildcats.
They think mating with domestics is icky.
Because we are extremely squeamish and sentimental about pest species and would rather see all of our wildlife destroyed by domestic and introduced species as that is deemed to be "nature".On a serious note, why are there so many feral and unneutered domestic cats roaming free in the UK? Why are the feral cats not culled? You have too many songbirds?
Thank you for answering this. I have not wanted to offend any UK members with this sort of question, but I have wondered about it for decades. Here in the US, we have similar sentiments and actions, but it - apparently - affects a smaller part of the population. However, I think we are trending in the same way. I suspect social media is partly to blame as it an easy route to appearing virtuous while doing nothing inconvenient.Because we are extremely squeamish and sentimental about pest species and would rather see all of our wildlife destroyed by domestic and introduced species as that is deemed to be "nature".
And yes people do hate birds a lot in case they sing or shit on their precious cars.
I wish I was making that up.
Of course it is lovely if you can do that for every animal but it is just not always possible or practical. But charities who put animals down are hugely condemned for doing so. It must be very tough working for those charities or being a vet as not only do you have to put healthy animals down due to immense overbreeding by the public but that same public guilt trips you when you do.I have watched many youtube vidoes about UK horse, donkey, dog, and cat rescues, their "safe forever homes," and solicitations for donations to keep the rescued animals fed for the rest of their lives
From what I've just read online about Otters and Beavers, they say they usually do co-exist in the same places as one is a carnivore, and the other is plant eating - but they also state that Otters are known to attack and eat Beavers and their kits, but no hard and fast facts it appears.
Perhaps cats are different in the UK. Here in the US, they catch, kill, and sometimes eat birds as well as rodents, snakes, crickets, and anything else they can get their claws or jaws on.Im typing with difficulty as Blackie is on my lap, purring away, trying to get me to stroke him
In an hour, no doubt, he will be outside, catching mice to eat
He is not a pet, but a feral.
Is he a pest? He is a fine mouser, but that is what he was originally bred to do.
He doesnt hunt birds.
New Forest. You would love it, Endlessly amazed, the people who dwell there are allowed to graze livestock, as in medieval times. Those are owned nags, no ferals in this country.
But we have the Chillingham Wild Cattle
!!! I was already taking a look at that wiki entry when you posted your link! Absolutely beautiful. I hope it continues in its current state forever.
Now, water is forced out across the floodplain in periods of heavy rain instead of rushing down the river channel, resulting in a multi-braided watercourse which effectively slows the flow.
Early results from Exeter University’s monitoring show that the beavers’ structures do indeed seem to be helping to reduce the peak of the water flow through the site, although it is still too early in the project to be conclusive.
Their work has resulted in a record amount of amphibians recorded at the site. Before the beavers were released just 6 clumps of spawn were recorded, this year the amount of spawn was uncountable. Because of the number of frogs and toads over 12 herons have been regularly seen fishing around the pond and both otters and tawny owls have been caught on camera feasting on the amphibians. Teal and Mandarin have been spotted on the site for the first time too because of the increased water levels.
And reintroducing them comes with negatives, for the environment and for people. Indeed, their reintroduction is proof of the fallacy of “rewilding” as a conservation concept. A very expensive fallacy. Michael Gove’s £20,000 is but a drop in the river when it comes to the cost of beaver reintroduction. The Scottish Beaver Trial of 2009-14, which tested the waters for their reintroduction north of the border, cost £2 million in admin alone: a sum that is the stuff of dreams for most conservation charities. And then there is the infrastructure. The standard model of beaver re-introduction is to initially fence the “wild” animals in enclosures of about two hectares. Since beavers both burrow and climb, the fencing has to be heavy duty stuff: installation, per beaver introduction, easily costs £30,000.
Don't quite get the 'Tormenting' bit? If it was worded as 'Beavers are costing British people,' that would be more realistic'a headline.This is quite an interesting read - while there no doubt on which side of the beaver fence the writer is on, there's quite a lot of stuff there that doesn't normally get a mention.
Beavers are tormenting Britainhttps://unherd.com/2023/03/beavers-are-tormenting-britain/