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Bird ringing with Gary Beckett & Paul Watts

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, I wanted to highlight the great work done by many volunteers in conservation.  That’s why I spent time with Gary Beckett the Conservation Officer at Bicester Garrison and Paul Watts, an ornithologist and conservation volunteer at the 2,000+ acre site. The area which crosses the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire borders […]

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Domestic violence and its links with pets

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In 2016, The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) released figures that showed an estimated 1.8 million adults aged 16 to 59 were a victim of domestic abuse.  In many cases, women were more likely to report having experienced domestic abuse than men.  In 2016, it was estimated that 11m (40% of) UK households have […]

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Deception in dogs

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A new study by Heberlein et al. (2017) suggests dogs have the ability to deceive. Honesty in animal signals is an important aspect of communication whether that is information about a prey’s unprofitability, a mate’s fitness or both, the message they transmit may determine the evolution of intricate relationships amongst species.  Thus signals can be […]

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