The report, drawn up by Women’s Aid, shows a rise in the number of killings from 2016, when there were 113, and 2015, when there were 119.’
Wild Birds Deliberately Killed
In more bad news, it’s emerged in this MSN article the UK authorities are also deliberately killing off wild bird populations; I’d thought declining numbers are an indirect result of humanity, but it appears the problem also has an intentional factor!
On a brighter note, I’ve updated the mistYmuse news in this Midwinter Solstice week with some new acronym gifts on this site’s sister site, travel25years.wordpress.com.
Marc Latham thinks his latest Folding Mirror poem has several inspirations. Here on WordPress a discussion on City Jackdaw‘s blog got Marc thinking about a question asked: Is it the appreciation of art, and of beauty, that sets us apart?
Marc’s also been doing a little biological research on the web, thinking about doing a poem about the two halves of human and animal bodies, getting as far as bilateral symmetry. There’ll hopefully be more poems about that in the future.
It’s Right to Conserve What’s Left
That’s in its early stages, and this poem quickly developed into a wildlife and nomadic tribes focus, no doubt inspired by Marc recently finding lots of interesting environmental conservation and Native American groups on Facebook and Google+.
Finally, he was listening to old Scorpions and Rainbow music before and while writing the poem, and they have some spacey environmentally conscious songs. So instead of the usual photos above and below the poems he’s embedded the videos.
Human Direction, Wildlife Freedom
nothing left, or up
outside the human mind
written down at least
do dolphins think
in such a way
or do they see the ocean
as eagles fly the sky
turning by sonar, circling on instinct
the land was once open
for nomadic tribes to follow seasons
each day like play
not worrying over
making roots of concrete
inside living mother earth
feeling down, squandered right
Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, arts head honcho @ Greenygrey in the absence of Andy Wolfhol. There has been a lot of greenygrey photo competition and art exhibition excitement in the last couple of days, keeping me on the edge of my easel. I couldn’t wait to report it to you, but the Greenygrey world is so busy these days I had to hold my horses.
As recorded in the ancient origins of the Greenygrey website on the services page, before the coming of the Orlovs and Yellowy art, greenygrey in the human world is most commonly found in the meeting of greeny nature and grey construction. In the non-human world it is most commonly found in greeny nature and grey stony cloud sunless sea horizons.
Over the last couple of days there was a meeting of the two, as the Defenders of Wildlife announced their wildlife photography competition results and Aesthetica reported a Cityscapes exhibition.
Defenders of Wildlife Photo Competition
While there wasn’t any greenygrey in the overall winner of the Defenders of Wildlife photo competition, it did feature heavily in one of the top photos, and vaguely in a few others.
So, I am proud to announce that the clear winner of the Greenygrey Defenders of Wildlife Photo Competition Most Greenygrey Photo was this photo by Philip Kuntz:
While the above photo demonstrates the essence of wild greenygrey, photo art such as the one below by David Hepher from the Aesthetica website shows stark urban greenygrey in the city; like at the bottom of the Greenygrey website biography page.
While we prefer greenygrey in the city to have some vegetation, it is still comforting to be reminded of nature in a world devoid of vegetation. And some of the art in the Flowers Gallery exhibition does include some urban nature.
Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, nature and wildlife correspondent at the Greenygrey. First of all, I was pleasantly surprised to see a great greenygrey photo of a wolf in the wild on the BBC‘s morning news paper round-up from today’s Independent newspaper.
The sad part is that it is inside the Chernobyl environment, which was said to still have a radiation problem after the nuclear fallout of 1986. No humans have returned, so wildlife is said to be thriving there.
The best news is that the animals studied there are not showing any signs of deformities from the radiation. In an ideal world, humans will soon return and live in harmony with the wildlife that is acting as a safety scout.
Marc Latham’s new Lost Land of the TigerBBC documentary article for Suite 101 was going to be the headline news today, but the greenygrey wild wolf story scooped the top story spot this morning. There’s never a dull moment at the Greenygrey.
It’s still a very interesting article though, with the amazing documentary leading to an intriguing controversy. Hopefully it won’t distract from the most important issue raised: conserving tigers and other wildlife.
People with access to the BBCiplayer can watch the documentary today up to 7.59pm GMT.
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon. I know I haven’t been around for a while, and would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for keeping the show rolling in my absence.
New Greenygreyisms out of Old Human Traits
Yes, I was awoken from my slumber yesterday by the first uses of the terms greyth and greeth for grey or green growth.
I hope you like my title by the way, which is of course a play on the Kill Bill film of a few years ago, and relates to yesterday’s blog about Cameron’s government resorting to a kill and build policy for badgers and the economy, even though there’s no evidence to suggest either will work, and both are definitely going to result in the death of wildlife and parts of the British environment.
Greeth not Greyth Growth
It seems to us that continuous greyth growth is a neverending cycle that will see most of Britain concreted over, with more people needing more jobs, so more building will be started, and then there’ll be more people who need more jobs, so more building will be started… and they’ll need more feeding, so there’ll be more cows, and more cows might die because of wildlife, so there’ll be more killing of wildlife, like the badger cull that’s going on now…
An alternative would be greeth growth, where we treat the British landscape like a garden or wildlife park, and try to nurture the nature into a beautiful place, which might attract tourists etc, and bring in more income than just building empty shells that just turn into blots on the landscape.
Maybe it wouldn’t work economically, but it wouldn’t do much harm trying; and there’s no proof that killing badgers or building houses is going to work either, and they definitely have horrible downsides.
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’re becoming worried about a couple of disturbing developments in Britain. The first is that the government seems intent on building over green belt land, with plans to bribe local residents so that they don’t oppose building near their homes. The other is a badger cull that seems to go hand in hand with the building on green belt: putting human construction/destruction before the environment and wildlife; sending our balance between green and grey off kilter.
Government Building Policy seems Folly
The planned government build-build-build economic policy seems crazy seeing as Ireland and Spain’s economic downfalls were both linked with a build-build-build policy.
There are now thousands of houses empty in both countries. Just think of the waste of money and environmental wellbeing in both cases.
While we totally agree with building when needed, there seems to be plenty of already concreted space and empty buildings available, instead of concreting over green belt to build houses that remain empty afterwards.
Save the Badgers
While other countries live with large animals like wolves and bears it seems that we in the UK have trouble tolerating animals like foxes and badgers.
The government is starting a trial cull of badgers, instead of vaccinating them against TB, which badgers might be passing on to cattle or vice versa. Apparently it would be too expensive or difficult to vaccinate the badgers.
Create Jobs Growth more in Greeth than Greyth
It seems that the government is showing a lack of originality or innovation in its economic recovery plans, just resorting to building, not knowing whether its needed or not. They will destroy some of the British landscape in the process, both by building on it and resourcing the production materials.
We do applaud more environmentally-friendly building materials such as those used to build the Olympic park, and hope that building workers find enough work in non-green belt areas.
However, we think that the government should be more innovative with their policy for British growth; thinking greeth not greyth; and create jobs in saving life and the environment, rather than killing it off without knowing if it will have any real benefit to the population and country.
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem is the 121st of 121 in his upcoming 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections book. He intended to write the introduction for the book this morning, but instead wrote another FM poem! We’ll hopefully bring you that next week. Here’s poem 121; it’s written as the butterfly and its previous states are usually physically seen, with butterfly in air down to grounded egg; it can be read chronologically from the bottom:
The Caterpillar and Butterfly: Metamorphosis in the Middle
Angels love the way butterflies manifest
shimmering wings harmoniously synchronise
fluttering over aromatic magnoliophyta
free after metamorphosis in pupa.
One type of colourful creature entered
different looking one emerged
tissue, limbs and organs alter
and flightless bug has a bright future.
hanging out on a branch, having eaten leaves for brunch
A pretty pleasant crawler is the caterpillar
leading double life as larva
sometimes allying with ants
and shedding cuticles instar stage apolysis.
Originating in a leaf-glued egg
on certain species-specific host-plants
seemingly inactive and vulnerable
but all the time appropriating defences.
Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, celebrity naturalist at the Greenygrey. I was thinking this week how Olympic athletes have seen the two sides of Britain since their arrival last week, with the greenygrey weather of last weekend breaking into hot sunshine for the southern half of Britain over the last few days. The greenygrey weather has travelled farther south now, so it is a shorter journey north for any athletes in London who are pining for more greenygrey.
The international feel to Britain at the moment reminded me of a fellow from Kazakhstan I saw talking about bears in his country; Borat was his name. Here he is in glorious greenygrey:
He said he used to hunt bears in his country, but didn’t any more; because there were none left.
It’s the same kind of situation in Britain; although the government laudably banned hunting with dogs ten years ago, and we do have some of the best animal welfare legislation in the world now.
Is Britain Bearable?
We do lack big wild animals like those seen in North America and some European countries. The sunshine of recent days makes me think that Britain would be even better with some bears in the wild; maybe even some sun bears.
It would probably need high strong fences to keep the animals in a reserve though; and protect them from humans and other predators… and vice-versa.
Hi, it’s Andy Wolfhol. Greenygrey was delighted to see that Grey’s Flight to Oz poem, which lifts off its epic ramble across Oz in the now published Werewolf of Oz has been published in Tips 89, which is available from Wendy Webb at the Tips for Writers blog. Etips is a free version of the magazine.
Planet in Crisis
There was a worrying report from WWF today. It suggests:
Wildlife numbers have fallen 30% over the last forty years.
Tropical species have fallen 60%.
Humanity’s ecological footprint is 50% over the planet’s capacity.
We first read it via Yahoo-Sky, and it is also available on the WWF site.