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John Burton's Green Diary

  • 09 September 2011
    On holiday earlier this year, I went to the island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia) in the Greek Ionian Islands. Readers of this blog may recall that some time back I commented on the...
  • 02 September 2011
    Statistics can be used to prove almost anything,  and they are always open to abuse. Once upon a time (well, the mid sixties actually), Sir Peter Scott invented the Red Dat...
  • 05 August 2011
    I have been an outspoken critic in the past of aid agencies promoting livestock, particularly goats, as a solution to poverty in Africa. Of course it is not simply the goats tha...
  • 04 August 2011
    Conservation is an issue at all levels. Although on a day to day level I am usually working on project areas of 10,000 acres or more (up to 2.5 million acres — the size of...
  • 20 July 2011
    I have just flown to India for the launch of a collection of Emerald jewellery, which will be auctioned later in the year for Elephant conservationI know some of our supporters mig...
  • 21 June 2011
    Well what a let down. Conservation (like almost every thing in the world) has a few problems. It also has skeletons in cupboards. But Joy Adamson was neither a conservationist, nor...
  • 20 June 2011
    The World Land Trust welcomes investigations into how the conservation movement operates.Over the 20 plus years WLT has been in existence, we have striven to be as transparent as p...
  • 17 June 2011
    Last week I visited Chester Zoo, and came away feeling quite invigorated.Last year a group of BIAZA members visited the reserve they have helped to protect. Photo © Alan Marti...
  • 16 June 2011
    One of my favourite writers in Third Sector Magazine (the trade mag for charities) is Debra Allcock Tyler, the CEO of the Directory of Social Change.She invariably writes sense (or...
  • 13 June 2011
    Save it with a scarf designers, clockwise: Pheobe Farrell, Freya Perrett, Lollie Dunbar and Evelyn Males Echeverria. Photo © Sarah Molloy/LibertySave it with a Scarf was an am...
  • 13 June 2011
    Friends, colleagues, and readers of this blog will know that I have several pet hates. Among them are pet cats. Not all cats, but feral cats and pet cats that are allowed to roam t...
  • 10 June 2011
    A Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes), illustration by Bruce PearsonThe moral dilemma posted by Patrick McCusker on Black-footed Ferrets (The Black-footed Ferret – an...
  • 09 June 2011
    This is an archived news story: the text donation details have changed. Go to the Charity Text Donation page for the current details » At last text messaging for charity h...
  • 20 May 2011
    Among the many things that get me annoyed is revisionist history.I was surprised to read on the WWF website today that WWF was one of the founders of the TRAFFIC Group in 1976. Unf...
  • 13 May 2011
    What, might you ask, has Louis de Bernier's novel got to do with a blog on wildlife?Well last week I had a holiday. A true holiday because I forgot to take my iPhone with me, s...
  • 19 April 2011
    The London Review of Books this week has a very interesting article devoted to the impact of foreign aid in Afghanistan. Money as Weapon by Christopher de Bellaigue reinforces...
  • 18 April 2011
    The Adder didn' t slither away, but posed territorally to enable WLT staff to take this photo.  Last weekend saw some glorious spring weather and most...
  • 12 April 2011
    Where have Survival International been? Yesterday (11 April) they announced that 4000 hectares of forest in the Chaco have been destroyed in territory occupied by Ayoreo Indians....
  • 12 April 2011
    This week's Radio Times has a front cover Feature on Chris Packham, one of the best know wildlife presenters on TV. Chris is not only a great wildlife presenter, he is also pr...
  • 11 March 2011
    For a long time now most ornithologists have frowned on the practice of collecting (=killing) species thought to be new to science. This is because generally these species are like...
  • 11 March 2011
    WLT Patrons David Attenborough and David Gower are both long standing supporters of the Trust and have a genuine interest in wildlife conservation.A recent comment on one of my blo...
  • 09 March 2011
    Last Friday Simon Stuart, the current Chairman of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN, visited the World land Trust. The main purpose of his visit was to discuss with me...
  • 02 March 2011
    London zoo wants to raise £3.6 million ($5.85 million) to help save the Sumatran tiger. Of that, only £300,000 will actually get to Sumatra, the rest will be spent in L...
  • 17 February 2011
    The Keepers of the Wild Appeal will fund Rangers in Reserves such as REGUA shown here.The World Land Trust's Keepers of the Wild campaign got off to a flying start, with $100,0...
  • 14 February 2011
    Over the past couple of years, at almost every event I go to I am asked "how are you coping with the recession?", and "how is fundraising going?"The answers are...
  • 04 February 2011
    I have been approached many times recently by people who are interested in the World Land Trust's take on the Government's proposal to sell off publicly owned for...
  • 01 February 2011
    Bill Oddie at the award-winning WLT Chelsea Exhibition last yearThose regular readers of my blog will know that among my bêtes noir are Charity Awards. Flashy black tie dinners to...
  • 26 January 2011
    The RSPCA recently lost a High Court  appeal over a legacy. The RSPCA had been left a £2million legacy, but the daughter of the woman who died contested the will and won...
  • 06 January 2011
    The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is apparently "considering plans to make continuous professional development compulsory for any fundraiser who wants to be a member of the o...
  • 31 December 2010
    I have recently read “The Case of the Ayoreo”  (ISBN 978 99953 898 2 6), published in Paraguay. I ask: Does this document truly represent the views of the indigeno...
  • 29 December 2010
    The Charity world is often referred to as the 'Third Sector', but as time goes by I am really beginning to question its existence as a cohesive sector, and wonder if it is...
  • 09 December 2010
    What animal names can you think of which sound more like a medical condition?A few years ago, I had been birdwatching on the island of Lesbos, in the Aegean, and reported back...
  • 01 December 2010
    Some of the best innovations are blindingly obvious once they have been implemented.World Land Trust InnovationsWhen the World Land Trust (WLT) started working with local partners...
  • 29 November 2010
    "Sustainable development" was an oxymoron coined sometime in the 1970s to enable conservationists to cash in on funding for aid programmes.At least that is how it seems t...
  • 25 November 2010
    In June this year, a  Modigliani statue sold for £38 million. Expensive art is something I have written about before but  still makes me feel very hot under the col...
  • 15 November 2010
    WLT and indigenous groupsOne of the World Land Trust's (WLT) priorities has always been to ensure that the rights of local people are fully respected, and if at all possible th...
  • 10 November 2010
    Conservationist Mark Carwardine ends talk of Stephen Fry and “Last Chance to See” fame, to expose the US government and BP’s cover-up.Conservationist and WLT coun...
  • 27 October 2010
    Conservation group shouts out against government’s betrayal, as heavy machinery moves into Asunción Bay.Asunción bay before the waterfront development beganThe destruction of...
  • 25 October 2010
    Congratulations to George Fenwick and his family are in order for several reasons. George who is the President of the American bird Conservancy, has been at the forefront of Americ...
  • 18 October 2010
    One of our supporters has written to us regarding the decision by the government of Tanzania to approve a major commercial highway across Serengeti National Park. The northern Sere...
  • 12 October 2010
    I recently  visited Paraguay again, where the World Land Trust is helping our local partner Guyra Paraguay to initiate an innovative project with some of the local indige...
  • 07 October 2010
    One of the reasons that the World Land Trust does not go after celebs and celeb endorsement is clear if you read this article from the Telegraph:http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/t...
  • 06 October 2010
    The Gran Chaco, which covers over half of Paraguay and extends into neighbouring Argentina and Bolivia, is about to be destroyed. Forever.  Bits of it will survive, but its in...
  • 23 September 2010
    We have recently advertised a couple of posts at the World Land Trust, and some of the responses really amaze me. I think the average job applicant must have very little...
  • 22 September 2010
    Over the last few decades I have travelled extensively and, as a conservationist, I am often told that the indigenous peoples of the world are the guardians of nature, they live in...
  • 07 September 2010
    The disaster in Pakistan has brought to the forefront the issue of foreign aid, and how it is best spent. For a start, they could be addressing some of the issues that cause floodi...
  • 27 August 2010
    Statement of the Jocotoco Foundation regarding the Buenaventura Webcam incident We understand that several of our viewers witnessed an incident on Tuesday the 23rd of August on th...
  • 13 August 2010
    From time to time I have been asked what I think of other charities, particularly wildlife charities. I make no bones about the ones I think are good, such as the RSPB or my local...
  • 06 August 2010
    Over the past few nights I have seen a dramatic and very obvious increase in the numbers of moths and other insects flying around. For several years I have been bemoaning the loss...
  • 04 August 2010
    I have no objection to awards per se, particularly if they are from peer groups, who can actually judge excellence. That applies to individuals as well as organisations. But I don...

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