Wednesday, 15 January 2020


Today it is official, the last decade has been the warmest on record. 

Having given some thought to how we could halt climate change, I have come to the conclusion that only a global Declaration of War on climate change would succeed. My Answer Below.

The Challenge to combat climate change and global warming, with all the catastrophic effects this will have on the whole planet, can only be successfully achieved by a global response. A time limit of 10 years to prevent irreversible damage can only be done by a human species united DECLARATION of WAR on climate change.

To this end all international organisations MUST come together with a Ten Year plan to win this war. Current conventions like the Paris climate accord and COP26 Plus the United nations should meet and form a new global alliance with all countries on Earth. To declare War and create a binding strategy to this end. All countries to be equally represented and make a solemn and binding commitment to pool 50% of their annual military and space budgets to fighting climate change and saving the Planet.

This may seem an impossible ask, but while we concentrate on fighting climate change, we are in fact less likely to be fighting each other.

There is a simple logic to this, and plenty of historical precedents such as the second world war. This war should be a lot less bloody, but in many ways much more important to win.

The United Nations should be the body to pool the resources and organise the expertise, scientific and otherwise, to develop a global strategy to repair the Planet.

We already know the causes of global warming and what has to be done to reverse this, the problem always seems to be MONEY and who loses out by taking action. Hence the reason for the 50% pooled global budget.

Countries like China, Australia, Poland and the USA, are always opposed to anything that stops them mining and using Coal for power and economic wealth. These countries can be compensated from the pooled budget, as they phase out and stop using fossil fuels completely within 10 years. In addition, a country like Australia could be compensated by subsidising renewable energy sources like solar power making use of their abundance of natural sunlight. Likewise all countries should be looked at for their natural resources and what is best suited to their needs. Brazil knows the value of their rainforests to the Planet, and also the value of their timber and farming. Again they have to be encouraged to look on their Trees as carbon capture devices and paid accordingly for keeping them.

This template can be used on a global scale, and planting trees should be encouraged and paid for from the pooled resources.

The wasteful use of the planets resources and commercialisation has to be changed, and education is the key for everyone. Women have to look at themselves differently and the wasteful fashion industry has to stop. Phasing out of all fossil fuels has to be accelerated, and electrification and renewables used wherever possible. The exploitation of hydrogen as an addition to Natural gas could reduce carbon emissions by millions of tons.

World leading experts on climate change have to be employed by the UN to oversee new departments of climate change. For example a department on re-wilding and reforestation should look at the planets forests that have been lost over the last century, and should be reinstated as part of the carbon capture program, and soil erosion prevention.

Another department on fossil fuel and Petro chemical use could be set up to see where this can be minimised, stopped and converted, wherever possible.

Human consumerism habits and over consumption would also have to be tackled, preventing the over production of palm oil plantations, as well as the farming of beef by destroying woodland and rainforests.

We know what the world was like 50 and 100 years ago and what we as a species have done to cause Climate change. We have the global knowledge and access to all human history and knowledge to correct our mistakes. As the apparent Apex species It is criminal not to act in the best interests of all species, and reverse what damage we have done as swiftly as possible.

By reducing the extreme effects of climate change, rising sea levels, extreme floods, damage due to storms, heatwaves and fire. The savings made would ultimately pay for the war on climate change anyway.

The global population of over 7.4 billion humans, would not be adversely affected by a 50% reduction in military and space budgets over the next decade, so there is no reason for political leaders not to agree to such a plan. Repairing this Planet first is more important than visiting others!

My Father was a coal miner 80 years ago, and he was asked to dig coal for the War effort, to win the war. We did not know the damage that was being done to the Planet by the  use of coal, now we do. That war was won, this war can also be won, we have the knowledge and the skills. The time for talk is over, a declaration of War, commitment and action is now required!

Todays politicians can either leave a legacy as the leaders of the roaring twenties that halted climate change…or the doomed dictatorial deniers, responsible for irreversible catastrophic climate change.

A Ten year legally binding global declaration of War on climate change should be implemented without delay.    

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Narrow Escape

Awoke to another life and death struggle in the garden this morning. Pigeon had been attacked by a Sparrowhawk and incredibly managed to wedge itself partly under a water bowl. 

Only the wings and tail were visible and the Hawk was unable to get at it's neck or back for the kill. When I opened the door the Hawk flew off and the pigeon was saved. It has lost all it's tail feathers and some from the back of the neck , but otherwise unharmed. I will keep it until tail feathers regrow before releasing it. A very narrow gap, provided a narrow escape !

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Shiny New Penny

Cold clear weather on the right side of the new year, with days lengthening at last.

Penny was radiant and in alert mode, as this is the time for possible intruders into her domain.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Trust Accounts for 2019

This is the seventh year since the Trust was founded for the benefit of the River Nairn waterbirds.

They have never been so numerous and in such good health, thanks to the Trust and it's members.

The annual accounts for 2019 are as follows. 
Total Outgoings were £3564 -72 Total Income £2706, Giving a deficit of £858 -72 for the year. Once again we have a deficit, and in order that we have no debt I will personally fund this shortfall. 

Sadly we lost several good members this year, due to bereavements and some moving away from the locality. 
Although we had no cygnets this year, the Trust commitment to the welfare of the birds and their environment is Total. Membership is the primary contributor to the Trust, and new members are welcome. 

The Trust is a non profit organisation, and every penny raised goes exclusively to the care and welfare of the birds.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Have A Good One - 2020

                      In these very divisive times, maybe we can all be a little more positive and happier about 2020.

There are a lot of good people around the world trying to make a difference for the good.

Action for happiness is one such organisation trying to do just that. You can download their action for happiness Calendar HERE . Or visit this site 

Whatever 2020 holds, The River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust hopes the River wildlife will give you all some Happiness and Joy. Have a good One ! 

Wednesday, 18 December 2019


The Trust wishes all our viewers a very Happy Christmas, and hopes for a successful new year for the river Nairn wildlife. 

Special thanks to all our Members for their continued support, rescuing, and maintaining the river Nairn wildlife and their environment.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Seal Pup Snooze

Unusual scene today at Merryton bridge area. A young seal pup basking on the shingle bed in mid river. 

Tide was long gone, and not high tide until after 5 pm today. I had reports about a week ago that two seals were seen together, this is probably one of them being taught how to fish by the mother.

The river mouth is ideal at this time of year, as many Salmon Kelts will be returning to the sea after spawning, easy to catch for a young seal. 

Was catching a few sun rays, unperturbed by me or the ducks.   

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

White Pigeon Recovers

UPDATE: Released the Pigeon this morning, it was keen to join the others, and frosty spell now over.

Two weeks after escaping death from a Sparrowhawk attack, the White pigeon is well on the way to full recovery. I have been treating the neck injury with anti bacterial cream, and gave it a bath to remove the dried blood and damaged feathers.

Has been happy sitting in a box in the kitchen with plenty of food and water, but today decided it was time to fly, finding it  on top of an open door.

Was unable to fly two weeks ago, so I'm delighted it's now well enough to do so.

Will transfer it to the Aviary soon, then release back to the flock when fully fit.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Moat Restoration

With the help and  contribution of Trust members over the last week, the Swans Island Moat has been restored. 

Picking stones is not exactly easy work for someone my age, so I was glad of the help. Short video showing happy birds below.

Hopefully it will remain a nice Nursery area for future Cygnets and ducklings !

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Moat Remedial Work

Calm conditions and low water allowed the Trust to carry out some remedial work on the Swans Island Moat. 

Freezing temperatures over the last few days meant that some hardy Trust members wrapped up well and got on with the manual work, reinstating several tons of stones. 

Tattie Picking with Stones ! Penny and Duke could not resist coming over to test the water, which rose several inches to their satisfaction. Parties with a vested interest were informed.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Lucky Escape on the 13th

Yet again the Town Sparrowhawks are busy taking pigeons. 

Today I spotted one of the rare white pigeons wandering around my garden in a dazed condition, it was unable to take off and had blood showing on it's feathers.

After close inspection it was obviously hit by a Sparrowhawk, the back of the head and neck were devoid of feathers and looked pretty raw. How it managed to escape is a mystery. Gave it an anti inflammatory, currently being kept warm with food and water.  

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Early Winter ?

After a poor Summer all the signs look like an early winter as well.

This part of the world usually doesn't see much snow until after Christmas. 

Climate change has put paid to all the norms, now we can expect anything at any time !

Thankfully some things don't change, like the sound and beauty of a Robin, or the sight of snowy white Swans on a snowy day !  

Been a while since we had a hard a feeling we wont have to wait much longer !

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Tree Moat Damage

Recent river spates brought fallen trees downstream, causing damage to the Swans Island Moat.

Some of these trees are hefty, and pack a punch when hitting anything head on.

The Trust will have to repair the damage when conditions allow, before the spring.
Meanwhile Penny and Duke are short of depth in the moat.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Sparrowhawk Kills Angie and Bluey !

Being a bird Rehabber, able to rescue and return to the wild a sick or injured bird, can be extremely rewarding. However, the opposite can also be heart breaking. 

Yesterday was a real downer for me when I discovered Angie the injured wood pigeon dead in the aviary. I had been treating her for the past 5 weeks and she was flying and progressing well.

She had been killed in the aviary by a Sparrowhawk who had also killed and taken Bluey, a feral pigeon with a broken wing that I had kept safe for the past 3 years. 

                       Incredibly the Sparrowhawk had entered the Aviary by getting between overlapping wooden Slats that were barely an inch and half apart. It was able to kill and take Bluey from the floor of the aviary up and out through the slats, leaving only a trail of feathers showing the route.
I have 2 aviaries which are only used for sick, injured, or orphaned birds. Disco the Mallard duck with a broken wing uses one of them and has been shaken up by the experience. She would have witnessed the Sparrowhawk killing both Pigeons and has been reluctant to leave her aviary ever since.

The Sparrowhawk has gotten into one of the aviary's before, when the door was open and there were no occupants, witness the Photo I took before it was able to escape. 
This time of year always seems to favour the Sparrowhawks, as the leaves disappear and expose plenty of targets for them.
Having fixed Angie's broken wing successfully I am particularly vexed at her sad and premature demise. 

Monday, 28 October 2019

Swans Christmas Calendar

Last reminder to everyone about the River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust 2020 Calendar. 

Most of them have now been sold, but a few remaining around the Town. 

They can still be purchased from The Gift Pearl shop, The Nairn book shop, and Strachans. There will be no further print runs this year.

All the profits go to the upkeep of the River birds. A very nice inexpensive Christmas present for the family !