Wildlife in the news

I found it on iPlayer. Her name was Amelia Griffiths, the Queen of Seaweed.
See The Queen of Seaweeds – the story of Amelia Griffiths, an early 19th century pioneer of marine botany. | Philip Strange Science and Nature Writing

During the COVID lockdown, I built a list of women ‘overlooked’ by the scientific community.
Amongst them was Mary Anning, fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (1799 – 1847). She worked the Jurassic fossil beds at Lyme Regis. Her discoveries were the basis of many scientific papers, and it is believed the tongue-twister “She sells seashells…” was written about her.
But, being female, she was not allowed to become a member of the Geological Society of London (her family’s religion also barred her from prestigious universities and many professions). Her contributions were seldom acknowledged.

That’s really interesting, Amadan. Gosh - it’s hard to believe how badly women were treated back then.
This is the genus that was named after Amelia Griffiths: Marine Botany at FHL
And, according to Bargain Hunt, there is a product still used in medicine which is named after her…

Re: Bargain Hunt - Amelia Griffiths is one of the naturalists featured in dejayM’ celebration series, see: Amelia Griffiths' Birthday | Observation | UK and Ireland | iSpot Nature And, here is a link to the actual Scientific Citations project: Scientific Citations | Project | UK and Ireland | iSpot Nature

There was a piece on BBC SE Today at lunch time about how several rare moths are making a come-back due to habitat restoration. I cannot find a link on the BBC website but I did find a story about one of the moths mentioned from a few months ago: Kent Farmers help conservationists to revive rare moth - BBC News

Whales are always impressive & news of increasing populations is always a bonus.

Good news from Scotland

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I listened to some of a programme on BBC Radio 4 when I was cooking lunch about the environment and the General Election. I thought that the head of the wildlife trusts made some very interesting observations connecting the ‘win-win-win’ of regenerative-farming, reducing imports, improving people’s mental well-being.

If it was on at lunch time today it was plagued with silly sound effects.
They went on about burning north sea oil. The stuff is called “sweet oil” in the trade and is sold at a premium price for making optical and medical grade plastics. Perhaps the dregs at the end of a few batches might end up in an oil fired stove.
Celestial climate change has been omitted from the news feeds for some years now. The evidence is there on the land where the land was shaped by glaciers during the ice ages.
If ice ages were ended by man made climate change I would be demanding to know where they got the time machine from.

Both read with interest, thanks

Good news from North Devon.

Only just heard about the pod of whales stranded and nearly all wiped out on the Orkney beach yesterday. Completely devastating.

Yes, very sad. About 70 dead or dying. Apparently it’s a beach on Sanday where few people go so they were found too late to save them.

Just completely tragic.

The Sanday Islanders, particularly, are upset by this

This reports a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

News of new life forms at ocean depths . But not much of a future for them….

……. Because the work was partly funded by Canada’s The Metals Company, which is aiming to start mining the nodules in the CCZ next year.