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Sunday 19 July 2015, Gaucin, sunny, light W-NW wind, 35C

It's been a hot week with little opportunity (or desire!) for birding. The most noticeable change in bird-life has been the reduction in Swift numbers as the early returners have already begun to head off back to southern Africa. Most days there are still a few European Bee-eater floating about, particularly early morning, and Griffon Vulture continue to loaf around even in the searing heat of the mid-afternnon sun.

This week was cultural week, or semana cultural, here in Gaucin and if you want to see more you can check out which has been 'resurrected' of late.

Nature under threat in the UK once again!

Quote from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 27 January 2015:
"The Government’s commitment is to an outright ban on fracking in National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)."

Sad, but no surprise, to see that the UK government has this week back-tracked on its pre-election promise above, made just 6 months ago, to protect sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) from the potential damage caused by Fracking processes........see link below:

SSSI U-turn

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