Puffins of Staffa island, video


This video from Scotland is called Puffins on Staffa.

About this video:

Staffa National Nature Reserve

Apart from Fingal´s Cave and the amazing rock formations, Staffa is a great place to see wildlife. In particular there is a small Puffin colony which gives visitors a chance to see these colourful and busy sea birds.

The Puffins of Wales face a stormy future: here.

Welsh birds news


This video is called Skomer Island (Wales) Puffins, Guilemots, Razorbills – Dirk’s Birds.

From Pembrokeshire Birds blog:

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Friday News

An evening walk to Porthmynawyd, a family of 7 raucous Chough, 20+ Gannet diving, a Peregrine unsuccessfully stooping on Rock Doves, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler in the valley, a Sparrowhawk with a Hedge Sparrow caught in flight on the path back to Lochvane.

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British government censors petition against militarism in Ukraine


This video from the USA, about the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012, is called War Veterans Throw Medals at NATO Summit.

A video from Wales which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

27 May 2014

It is less than 100 days to go until the world’s attention is on Wales. It will host the 2014 Nato Summit where more than 60 world leaders will attend. It is said to be one of the biggest events the country will be hosting, but not everyone’s pleased. Cardiff News Plus spoke to Adam Johannes, the Secretary of Stop the War Coalition in Cardiff, about Wales’ economic opportunities with this summit and why they are protesting against it.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 29 May 2014

STOP NATO EXERCISES IN UKRAINE!

STOP The War yesterday condemned the government for blocking a petition submitted to its e-petitions website which called for an end to NATO exercises in the Ukraine.

A group of politicians, celebrities and campaigners submitted the petition on 7th May to highlight the participation of UK and US troops on Ukrainian territory in July as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident manoeuvres.

The petition stated: ‘No to Nato military exercises in Ukraine. We note with great concern that UK and US troops will participate alongside Ukrainian troops in joint military exercises on Ukrainian territory in July as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident manoeuvres.

‘Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Its participation in military exercises by a nuclear-armed alliance with a first-strike policy can only further destabilise the situation in the Ukraine, making it more difficult to achieve a political resolution to the crisis.

‘The existence since 1997 of the Rapid Trident exercises, their forerunner Peace Shield, and the associated Sea Breeze naval exercises in the Black Sea, make clear that NATO seeks to include Ukraine as part of its eastward expansion which has been taking place since the end of the Cold War.

‘We call on the UK government to urge the US and other NATO governments to cancel this July’s Rapid Trident exercise, and to give a plain and public undertaking that the UK will not participate.

‘We call on the UK government and the Welsh Assembly to make clear that NATO’s expansionist policies are adding to global instability, and urge everyone to join our protests at the 2014 NATO Summit which is due to take place in Newport, Wales, in September.’

Amongst the signatories are actors Mark Rylance and Miriam Margolyes, Caroline Lucas MP, Baroness Jenny Tonge, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and film director Ken Loach.

On 19th May the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons informed the Stop the War Coalition, the organisation behind the petition, that the Ministry of Defence was responsible for moderating petitions that dealt with the issues raised in the letter.

E-petition guidelines recommend that petitions are moderated within 7 days.

Three weeks after it was submitted, the petition remains censored. No explanation has been offered by the Ministry of Defence, despite an intervention from the Leader of the House of Commons office.

An anti-fascist activist kidnapped by Ukraine’s security forces was released from state captivity yesterday: here.

Anti-racist victory in Wales


This video from Britain is called BNP and Hungarian neonazis.

It says about itself:

10 July 2009

So why would a political party such as the BNP which claims to be anti-racist anti-nazi be holding hands with the Hungarian neo-nazis Jobbik? Jobbik also have their own private army. This is them in this video; they are called the Magyar Gárda (Hungarian guard). Jobbik sees this private fascist army as an essential weapon to keep the Hungarian state protected from immigrants, the Jewish community and gypsies.

This is not an official army but a neonazi militia paid for by Jobbik and other neonazi sympathizers. In return they make sure their political allies are protected from anti-fascist groups, violence is their first approach at any hint of dissent or protest aimed at Jobbik. So why would Nick Griffin and the BNP be joining forces with Jobbik? Well, we all know, because the BNP are in fact nazi scum. … The Magyar Gárda have direct links to Stormfront and a host of other neonazi internet warrior sites.

By John Haylett in Britain:

Welsh activists celebrate as BBC drops fascist debate invite

Thursday 15th May 2015

WELSH anti-fascists celebrated yesterday after forcing the BBC to drop plans for a radio debate with fascist guests.

Activists gathered outside the BBC Wales headquarters in Cardiff to celebrate their success in keeping the nazis off the airwaves.

Britain First and BNP candidates had been invited to take part in a European election debate scheduled to take place yesterday afternoon.

But the debate was pulled after Green and No2EU — Yes to Workers’ Rights candidates Pippa Bartolotti and Rob Griffiths refused to take part.

The BBC have instead agreed to interview all candidates and to cover their comments in other programmes as and when appropriate.

Ms Bartolotti welcomed “a very wise compromise by the BBC,” pointing out that it had been put in a difficult position by the electoral commission, which had approved a party name including the words Remember Lee Rigby.

Ms Bartolotti called this “abhorrent,” adding: “Lee Rigby’s family was appalled. I am appalled.”

The Star revealed on Monday that 100 people had complained to the BBC about the contents of Britain First’s party election broadcast, aired in Wales on Friday.

Mr Griffiths explained that debating issues with the BNP and Britain First would have effectively normalised fascism.

“In some European countries, fascist parties are treated as legitimate when in reality they are criminal conspiracies to incite racial hatred,” he said.

“Many of their leaders have long records of criminal convictions and should not be given any platform to promote their odious views.”

THE BNP’s European election campaign has been thrown into disarray after promotional leaflets posted through thousands of letterboxes in Nick Griffin’s own constituency were found to be illegal, it was announced yesterday: here.

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Save white-clawed crayfish in Wales


This video from England is called Wildlife Conservation in the Yorkshire DalesWhite-clawed crayfish.

From Wildlife Extra:

One thousand white-clawed crayfish released in Wales

The white-clawed crayfish is a beneficial but threatened species in Welsh rivers

More than 1,000 native white-clawed crayfish have been released into a Welsh river as part of continued efforts to save the species from extinction. This is the third year that Natural Resources Wales officers have captive-reared and released the juvenile crayfish working in conjunction with the Wye and Usk Foundation.

To date more than 2,700 captive-reared crayfish have been released into the wild in a bid to offset the damage caused by the non-native American signal crayfish, climate change and the impact of pollution on habitat and water quality to the native crayfish population.The one-year-old crayfish were reared at Natural Resources Wales Cynrig Fish Culture Unit and have been released into specially selected ‘ark’ sites on a tributary of the River Irfon, near Builth Wells. These sites are chosen for their good habitat and water quality and because they are free from non-native crayfish and crayfish plague – a lethal fungus-like disease carried by the North American invaders.

Early signs suggest the project has been a success, with crayfish found at release sites 15 months after the initial introduction.

The white-claw is Britain’s only native crayfish and experts believe that without intervention there is real risk of the species becoming extinct from mainland Britain within the next 20 to 30 years.

They play an important role in aquatic ecosystems and thanks to their sensitivity to chemical pollution they are a useful indicator of water quality.

Oliver Brown from Natural Resources Wales, said: “Establishing a healthy population of native white-clawed crayfish would be a good sign that we are creating a better environment in Wales.

“It’s under threat from the invasive American Signal invader, which can devastate aquatic wildlife by eating insects and fish eggs – and in doing so, causing long-term damage to fish stocks. It also burrows into riverbanks to nest, making them less stable, and increasing the risk of flooding.

“Rearing in excess of 1,000 crayfish in one production cycle is a real breakthrough for us. With few naturally abundant populations left in Wales, captive rearing is likely to be the most efficient way of providing crayfish to stock ark sites.

“Working with the Wye and Usk Foundation has allowed us to release larger numbers of this threatened species back into the wild to help ensure its survival.”

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