Chilean police violence against students


This video from yesterday is called Police Use Water Cannons On Protesting Students In Santiago, Chile.

Chilean students called on government officials today to guarantee free state education for all at the start of talks aimed at diffusing five months of mass protests that have shut down schools and universities: here.

Chilean girls stage ‘occupation’ of their own school in education rights protest: here.

Chilean students vowed today not to give in to intimidation a day after a march for free education was attacked by police: here.

Using mounted police charges, rubber bullets, teargas and water cannon, the right-wing government of President Sebastián Piñera violently suppressed a student march last Thursday in Chile: here.

Good Welsh coastal bird news


This video from Wales is called Avocet – WWT Llanelli (Penclacwydd).

From Wildlife Extra:

Birds flock to restored coast at Llanelli

Saline habitats some of the rarest in the UK

September to 2011: Three newly-restored coastal lagoons at WWT National Wetland Centre Wales in Carmarthenshire have attracted hundreds of waterbirds so far this autumn.

In addition to the great numbers, some rarities such as great white egret and spoonbill have thrilled staff and visitors, as have the kingfishers which are seen most days.

The lagoons fill with seawater on particularly high tides and have been restored to help wetland wildlife such as black-tailed godwits, whimbrel, curlew, redshank, greenshank, spotted redshank and little egret.

A lot more birds than usual

Nigel Williams, centre manager at WWT National Wetland Centre Wales said: ‘A lot more birds than usual have been using the lagoons. In restoring them we are now able to control the water levels so the lagoons have become very attractive to a wide variety of waterfowl and waders – in fact, it’s perfect for them.

‘Over the next few weeks we will see them filling up even more as migrant ducks return from across the world making for a wonderful winter spectacle.’

The WWT reserve is home to communities of rare wildlife, such as the scarlet tiger moth, and has populations of at least seven UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority bird species, including grasshopper warblers and curlew.

Saline lagoons have become one of the rarest habitats in the UK, particularly in Wales. The specialised salt-tolerant invertebrates, which attract the feeding birds, have suffered as result.

Last Monday we had news from Mike Marsh of what seems to be the first Polish ringed Kingfisher ever controlled in the UK: here.

New species discoveries in the UAE


This video is called Emirates Wildlife Society WWF: UAE Ecological Footprint.

From Wildlife Extra:

25 new species discovered in UAE‘s Wadi Wurayah

Wadi Wurayah teems with life with discovery of 55 new species

September 2011: Wadi Wurayah continues to be a stronghold for wildlife in the United Arab Emirates with the discovery of 55 new species, including a shiny golden bug called Sphenoptera vanharteni, and a long-legged elegant ant: Lepisiota elegantissima, in addition to a tiny gecko: Asaccus gallagheri.

Out of the 55 newly recorded species recently found, 25 are considered new to science species, further highlighting the importance of this protected area. These new species found in Wadi Wurayah are composed of two species of Arachnida (spiders, scorpions, ticks), one species of terrestrial Crustacean (crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles), one species of Entognatha (springtails), and 51 species of insects (bugs, flies, ants, butterflies, etc).

The findings are a result of continued research, collaboration and verification by Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF), Fujairah Municipality and local authorities.

See also here.