Wildcats could potentially reintroduced into England for the first time in hundreds of years

Wildcats have been restricted to parts of Scotland for hundreds of years, despite once being found throughout the UK. Indeed, it is a problem where a significant number of people now refer to it as the Scottish wildcat, something that is only temporary, and should not be the case for ever.

Although looking sweet, British wild cats are impressive hunters, and can on occasion take deer
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Bringing the Kiwi back to Wellington wilds

The Kiwi is an interesting bird. As with many birds that developed on islands without mammals, they cannot fly.

As you can see, not really looking like a bird anymore, it is incapable of flight

In the case of new Zealand, the problem is simple. Those migrating to the island, brought with them rabbits. The rabbits escaped, and without any predators increased to silly levels. In order to control the rabbit population, stoats and similar predators were introduced, but these found the Kiwi a far easier meal.

In this instance, 11 birds have been introduced to the wilds near Wellington, for the first time in 100 years. These are the first of 250 birds that will arrive to settle in this area. Being the capital of new Zealand, it is impressive to have any surviving wildlife nearby. Yet Wellington prides itself on this work, and this is not its only move in the direction of rewilding.

It is thought that before humans arrived, as many as 12 million Kiwis roamed free in the country. Currently just 68,000 remain, however this number is growing slowly but surely. The arrival of Kiwi in this area, has required the countries biggest intensive Stoat trapping network as well as buy-in from a disparate array of land users.

How do we save the worlds remaining wildlife? Animals like Orangutan need huge areas to survive and thrive

One proposal, is named as half earth. The idea is to set aside half of the land on earth as a human-free nature reserve in order to preserve biodiversity, proposed by Eo Wilson.

It is asad fact, that were humans to disappear from the planet tomorrow, Orangutans would probably recover pretty quickly. Photo credit Carine06
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Is the conservative party in the UK (and perhaps similar parties around the world) supporting of climate change doubt and climate change denial

The mountain of evidence which shows that climate change is real is enormous. The temperature has increased, and all of the evidence points towards carbon emissions being the reason.

If your MP is a part of this group then campaign to make sure that they loose their seat in the next election.
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Wild chimpanzee mother and baby sighted in Cameroon park Douala-Edea national park for the first time

It is unfortunately true, that in many of the reserves that have been formed, we do not know what lives within the park. In many places there has been so much poaching that animals keep well clear of any human visitors.

It is also true, that in parks with little or no tourism infrastructure, it is incredibly difficult to find animals. Never-the-less, while this makes it clear that when setting up national parks you need to give them some resources if you wish them to be a success tourism-wise, they can still have impressive conservation successes.

In this instance, clearly chimpanzee are still surviving and even breeding.

First Chimpanzee recorded in Douala-Edea national park, and its a mother with offspring

Vast seagrass forest is discovered by strapping cameras to sharks, and extend the area of seagrass by more than 40%

Tiger sharks are incredibly fierce, and can grow to be more than 16 foot (nearly 5m long). However, by strapping cameras to these fascinating animals (researchers attached cameras and trackers to the dorsal fins of tiger sharks, giving them hours of footage each time.

seagrass meadows are incredibly biodiverse, incredible carbon sinks and a huge new one increase the amount by 40%
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We’re back! Sorry we have been missing for a while. Dedicated server, hopefully allow the website to meet some of its aims!

Hello people, happy new year. The last few months where we have been offline, have been extraordinarily frustrating, we have finally worked through our technical issues and hope to be back with a vengeance

Seeanimalswild is back and hopefully 2023 is the year that it starts to fulfil its aims.

This website was not merely set up in order to be a blog. That is not to say that it will cease to do this, quite to the contrary. However, it was never meant to just be a blog. Our aim is to create a space where people can list wildernesses that they either live in or work in (and protect). Whether wildlife is the main use of the land or not, there is still much money that could be made from its existence.

It is not possible for me to do this alone. Sure we have several simple page builders, allowing people to quickly lay out their listing, so that all we need to do is check it, and it can go live – start inviting visitors. The bigger issue is to spread the word around the world to people who we can be useful for.

In the next few weeks and months, two membership areas will be added.

One is for supporters – those who read the blog. This will cost a bit and is your way to support our work. You will be able to help us add wilderness destinations that you have found, and businesses that require help finding people to visit them. The aim is to give everyone interested a chance to help become a part of the solution to wildlife loss. In the long-term we hope to list many thousands of destinations, and help many more find their wilderness holiday or experience, and as such help the human race protect what is left of the natural world – give the remaining wilderness a value, and those who live nearby a way to benefit from it. Alongside this will be a whole community where you will be able to get to know other people, join discussion forums, and even interact directly with the people who run this website

The other is members – this will have a series of strands.

The first and most important are those who live or work in wilderness areas. This will be the way for people to list their property for those who are interested to come and visit. The activity and duration of the visit will vary depending on what is offered on each destination. It is aimed to include everything from people sitting on a farm watching wildlife in the evening, to week long safaris, hides, but is also aimed at those working in research – give visitors the chance to see the wildlife that you are researching, while hearing what you are doing, and help support your work at the same time. There will be plenty of discussion forums, and over time an increasing knowledge bank from shared information – allowing people to share ways that they have found to stop livestock predation amongst other issues. Alongside these we are keen to list anything that is required for these journeys from flights to car rental and so many more

The next is writers. We are interested in having articles written by a whole range of people. We are interested in the advertising being natural, so everyone in the first strand will be invited to write articles from time to time, perhaps about a fantastic wildlife encounter, or a testimonial. However, this is not all we are interested in, we are keen to have guest articles and even regular entries by other blog writers. While we will not link to another blog, we are quite happy to give credit and list your blog alongside your name.

Another is those listing services or selling things. We are keen to become a useful resource for those selling anything that is relevant. From books and DVDs about the natural world that we would love to help reach a larger audience, to carbon emission reduction services and other climate change related services. We want to help anyone who is working in the field of wildlife, conservation and climate mitigation to be able to sell their goods and services.

We will take a small cut of those things that go through this site – this money along with any profits made through helping people find wilderness experiences will be ploughed back into conservation. If the website is particularly successful, we will aim to enter into direct conservation of wildernesses, but this is obviously some time in the future.

I hope that many of you, my dear readers, will join me in some context, either helping support the website or in some other way.

We should be back to work from here on in, and if we are lucky, our bandwidth issues are in the past.

Charities are meant to serve a public good, does it therefore follow that climate sceptic think tanks should loose charitable status?

In the UK, despite the vast majority of the population fully understanding what is happening to the climate as a result of emissions, there are still a number of high profile groups that are arguing against the status quo. The problem is when we give charitable status – which allows them to increase donations by reclaiming tax (among other benefits).

This is why it is so encouraging that a cross party group of MPs have added their voice to the call for the “climate sceptic thinktank” to be stripped of its charitable status. This claim has been put forwards by the “Good Law Project” which has put forwards an argument that this “thinktank” does not meet its aims as a charity and is simply a lobbying organisation.

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News in brief – roundup of politics in the way of action, fossil fuel problems and positive moves

Huge extra emissions because of “cutting the green crap” The level of gas imports in the UK are around 13% higher than they would have been, had the Conservative government not “cut the green crap” one decade ago. It is estimated that this would account for 65 terawatt hours of gas that we will have to burn that would not have needed to burn without the foolish move of David Cameron and the cabinet around him. This is an astounding amount of extra emissions that are only emitted because it was politically helpful.

Crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania will emit 25 times the host nations combined emissions This pipeline will emit 379 million tonnes of climate pollution. The main backers of this project is Total, the French oil company. This project is considered a midlevel carbon bomb, one of many that need to be avoided to get control of climate heating.

24 banks, and 18 insurance refuse to be involved in the project in question. This quite simply still the problem. If we can halt western finance institution from paying for this behaviour it will be harder for it to happen. At the current time there are probably institutions in China that would step in, but we have to end all of it.

Four deep geothermal Plants are planned for the UK These projects will produce enough power to run 45,000 houses, with a further 20mw of heat for the area. All carbon neutral. The company in question makes it clear that this is just a first step, with the intention of producing in excess of 500mw of power from geothermal resources in the next 20 years. This is one of the best forms of baseload power in the UK – that is, the power that is needed all day long, when you get rid of any peak demand. This project is extracting steam at 175 degrees C, 5.1km below ground, and is on schedule to deliver 3MW of power to the national grid by the end of the year. The water stays in the system, with a heat exchanger used to extract the heat, before it is pumped back underground. There are only certain parts of the UK that is suitable under the UK, namely Cornwall and Devon.

Not all the country is capable of accessing this sort of energy, but it is reasonable to expect that in 20 years, a great deal more operators might be enacting similar projects, all over wales and other parts of the UK where suitable. There are obviously other countries in the world where far more energy could be got from this form, and this is a very useful baseload provider, though whether we will help finance this important infrastructure is another issue.

Lithium supply in this ground source geothermal water A recent discovery of the highest concentration of lithium found in geothermal fluid, may make geothermal energy far cheaper. If we start to reach a point where geothermal heat and electricity are both free positive biproducts, in the search for lithium, it cuts the cost dramatically. It is thought that the 4 drill sites talked about above, might lead to about 4000 tonnes of ithium extraction a year. The one plant already constructed is thought to be able to produce 1500 tonnes of lithium by the end of 2023 (just over 1 year ago). In a tesla battery, at the moment roughly 900g of lithium is required per kwh of storage. This means that each tonne of lithium is capable of creating roughly 1.1 mwh of batteries. While this is not large compared to the huge amount of batteries required, it will dramatically change the cost of geothermal energy.

Majority of Australians want an extra tax to limit the super profits of fossil fuel companies This is not out of the ordinary, there have been many similar moves around the world. It is not thought right that fossil fuel providers have made bumper profits on the back of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The fossil fuel burning currently happening has happened before Last time, it left the earth almost lifeless for 5 million years. In this instance, a series of massive eruptions started this issue, wiping out much of life on land. 200,000 years later rapid global heating (it is not only humans capable of global warming). This was triggered by Magma being unable to erupt out of the earth, and therefore spreading sideways, and burning vast deposits of coal and other hydrocarbons that were laid down in the rocks it entered. This is thought to have triggered increases in temperature of 8-10 degrees. Part of the problem will have been that this increase in temperature will have allowed the seas to soak up more carbon dioxide which will have made them more acidic – killing many species. This lasted so long, because rainforests replaced with deserts had a hard time recolonising, which meant that the earth was bereft its usual tools to control carbon in the atmosphere.

How are we doing? Well, while having made various relatively weak promises, virtually every country on earth is going to extract as much of their fossil fuel reserves as they can. If this is to happen we will exceed our remaining carbon budget by roughly 7 fold. It is increasingly clear that human life will only go on as it is, if the population as a whole demands change. Mass abandonment of combustion engine travel, along with carbon neutral heating and electricity could quickly make these reserves largely irrelevant- they will be left in the ground if there is no reward for burning them.

UN sees no credible pathway to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C Having failed to cut our emissions over the last 3 decades, only rapid transformation of our society can allow us to limit impact. Current pledges on emissions cuts are wholly inadequate. The problem with this, is that the 1.5 degree target was not plucked out of the air, but instead came about because this is the level of warming that the world is thought to be able to stand without horrific changes to how it operates (what we will need to do to adapt, will still be enormous). Current pledges, if fully enacted, would lead to a temperature rise of about 2.3 degrees. If the long-term pledges on carbon neutrality were met, we might be able to limit warming to 1.8 degrees, but given the current snails pace of progress, make even this nightmare scenario unlikely to be met. To keep 1.5 targets alive, global emissions would have to halve by 2030 (in the next 7 years) requiring cuts of emissions of 7% a year to be sustained. Much of the problem lies in waste, often encouraged by poorly designed subsidy programs on food creation, and badly designed food tax.

UK ending electric cars exemption from vehicle excise duty from April 2025 At the moment, roughly 14% of UK cars are electric, which means that we are far from full acceptance, it seems foolish to start changing rules when the adoption is not anywhere near complete. While the RAC suggested that the move would have little impact on people switching, AA has warned that it will reduce incentives to switch. Mr Hunt the UK chancellor of the Exchequer, cited predictions by the Office for budget responsibility which predicts 50% of cars will be electric by then. Under current plans, any electric cars registered from April 2025 will pay £10 in the first year and then the standard rate after that(£165). It will also be back-dated for any car registered after April 2017. Company cars will still have a discount for electric cars. We will have to wait and see which is right, but it is certainly a foolish move. Unfortunately they have also decided to remove the exemption from the expensive car supplement, which is £355 on top of the standard rate. The problem is that electric cars tend to be more expensive upfront, with owners recouping much of the cost through savings over the year. As a result, it may well be hard to find an electric car from 2025 which does not incur charges of over £500 a year. While I recognize that the government needs to replace the huge amount of money it gets from fossil fuel tax, this is likely to be a large burden that is put in place way to soon.

USA is being looked on harshly for its obstruction over the last few decades as well as its historical emissions- larger than any other country

COP27 levelled stinging criticism on the USA. Now it is true, that China still has rising emissions (and USA wishes to remove its negative labels and pass them on). It is true that at the COP27, the USA behaved well in terms of helping fight for the behavioural change required. However, having come off 4 years of climate rubbish under Donald Trump, there is still a lot of hesitancy to trust the USA. After all, there is still a great deal of fear that the American people will repeat their foolish mistake and give Donald Trump another go at breaking the earth.

Wolves, Bears and white tailed eagles are making great comebacks across Europe and other species are also doing well

Wolf numbers have increased by 1800% since the 1970s with a total of over 17,000 now inhabiting the continent. Bears started from a less precarious place, but have still increased by 44% over the same period

While wolves were missing for some time from France, they are well and truly back and we who share the space must recognize that and adapt

Among herbivores, beavers are one of the big success story (and unlike many of the others are living in the UK once again in large numbers in a series of populations from Devon right up to Scotland.

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