Month: August 2015

Trophy hunting; some final thoughts

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to five people involved in some way or another with lion conservation and hunting. These five are the final contributors to the BBC Radio 4 documentary I am making that examines…

Canned Lion Hunting

In the aftermath of the killing of Cecil the Lion attention has rightly been focussed on the trophy hunting of lions in Africa. I’ve been investigating both sides of the argument for an upcoming Radio 4 documentary. In…

Trophy Hunting – the complexity of Africa

Yesterday I spoke with Craig Packer and I posted some thoughts. Here is a slightly expanded version of some of that: Trophy hunting is not the major problem for lions. They are persecuted because they eat livestock and…

Trophy Hunting – looking outside of South Africa

Today I spoke with Craig Packer, who many would regard as the world’s expert on lions. What a fascinating day… After driving for 5 hours, the last hour in the dark (never a good prospect in Africa) I’m…

Trophy hunting and lions – a short update

So far I’ve been talking with private reserve managers here in South Africa about the pressures they face in conserving wildlife. But of course many animals, including lions, are in National Parks and in unfenced, wild, areas. I’ve…

Trophy Hunting documentary – field updates

Now that I’m here in South Africa I thought it would be good to update you on how things are going. So far I’ve interviewed some reserve managers and a professional hunter about the pressure they face, about…

Cecil the Lion and Trophy Hunting – upcoming BBC Radio 4 Documentary by Adam Hart

Many people around the world were outraged at the recent killing of Cecil the Lion. Shot with a crossbow by an American dentist, Cecil was taken as part of a “trophy hunt”. Regardless of the legality of this…

Space for nature: birds and building works at Francis Close Hall campus

FCH campus has some beautiful Victorian buildings, and they’ve been getting some much needed TLC this summer; Cotswold stone walls repointed, windows replaced, guttering renovated. All this work is being done mindful of the nature that makes its…