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Yesterday I did a day of work in London. Because everything finished far earlier than I was anticipating, I had time to kill so, accompanied by trusty sidekick John Conway, what else could I do but spend a few hours at ZSL’s London Zoo (ZSL = Zoological Society of London)? We had a great time…

The naming of new amphibian species is a fairly routine thing. This doesn’t mean that – despite the global amphibian crisis – amphibians are actually ok and that we can stop worrying; it means that we haven’t been paying enough attention, and indeed many of the species that are being named anew are endangered, or…

The End of the Line: a must see

On Monday night I went to the cinema and watched the new environmental movie The End of the Line, directed by Rupert Murray. Featuring habitats, scientists and case studies worldwide, it shows how our rampant and poorly controlled (or uncontrolled) exploitation of the global oceans is depleting (or has depleted) fish stocks to unsustainable levels.…

Last year was Year of the Frog (nothing to do with the Chinese calendar, but instead a global effort to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s declining amphibian species). I hope that you’ve not forgotten that the global effort to slow amphibian extinction continues unabated. For various reasons, I haven’t blogged about amphibians…

Last weekend I did the beach clean-up thing again, and again I went along with my son, my mum (Sandra), and about 40 other people. There’s always something new to say about the problem of litter and plastic pollution: once again, I thought I’d pen some random musings on the experience, and on the problem…

Hopefully it is well known that we still have a lot to learn about the planet’s extant macrofauna. And, by ‘macrofauna’, I’m not talking about nematodes, molluscs or insects but, yes, about such things as mammals. In fact, on mammals specifically, discovery rates indicate that we really should expect the discovery of new species for…

STOP ‘feeding’ the ducks

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but in Britain there is a very entrenched tradition of ‘feeding the ducks’. People go on walks (usually at the weekend), and they take with them bagfuls of bread (sometimes even whole loaves). They then proceed to throw all the bread in the water. After a…

Happy THIRD birthday Tet Zoo

Oh my god. Two years at ScienceBlogs have passed, and Tet Zoo has now been going for three years. It all started on January 21st 2006 when, for no good reason at all, I started a blog over at blogspot.com. Yes, Tet Zoo is three years old. Time to look back at the past year…

Why I hate plastic tampon applicators

Last weekend I and about 40 other people worked together in another effort to rid the shore at Chessel Bay Nature Reserve, Southampton (UK), of rubbish. We didn’t succeed of course – if only that were possible – but, as always, picking up humanity’s discarded crap gives you plenty to think about. Here are various…

A world without Baw Baw frogs?

I have not forgotten that 2008 is Year of the Frog: if you have, or if you didn’t know this, please go back to December 2007 and read the explanatory article here. Some of you will also recall the EDGE project (EDGE = Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered), and here we look at an anuran…