On 1 July 1940, when Baker was 15 years old, the secretary of state for air in Britain issued the “Destruction of Peregrine Falcons Order”. Adult and juvenile birds were to be shot, eyasses killed in the nests, eggs smashed and eyries disrupted. The order was made under wartime emergency defence regulations: peregrines were deemed too great a threat to the carrier pigeons that RAF bomber crews routinely took with them on flights. If a plane ditched at sea and a location could not be radioed through, the pigeons would be released with a leg tag to report their position. Falcons were dispensable, airmen were not – and so the falcons died. During the six years that the destruction order was in force, around 600 peregrines were shot, and unnumbered eyasses and eggs were destroyed. In certain counties – especially in southern England – peregrines were almost exterminated. By the time the order was lifted in 1946, the number of nesting pairs in England had been … [Read more...] about Violent spring: The nature book that predicted the future
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I am reminded of the most illuminating thing Epley told me last year – that so much of social life is about reciprocity: “If I smile at you, you smile at me. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back.” It is easy to imagine the worst about people when we are locked in our homes, watching distressing news. But it is also easy to forget the extent to which our behaviour influences our experiences. If you are walking around not smiling at people, you can’t be surprised that they are not smiling at you. “That’s the truth of the world, Jessica,” Epley had said, pausing to let me know something big was coming. “Nobody waves – but everybody waves back.” … [Read more...] about My social anxiety was rekindled by lockdown. Could phoning up strangers help?