Fans of our feathered friends, look away now…

If you’ve been to the coast recently there’s every chance you’ll have seen, how can we put this delicately, an exceptionally dead bird washed up on the shore. Or, more likely, dozens of the bastards.

Bird flu has been around for ever, but evidently got the hump while Covid hogged the viral limelight. Now it’s back with a vengeance, ensuring everyone and H5N-y-1 knows its name.

Predictably enough, concern is largely reserved for the economic impact of farmed chickens getting the deadly snuffle. But what about skewered skuas or puff-less puffins? Can anything be done to stop them falling from the sky? Might it, I dunno, involve NOT TREATING SENTIENT BEINGS SO GROTESQUELY?

Also this week, babble respects are paid to James Lovelock, maverick scientist and father of the Gaia theory, who’s dropped off his own perch at the ripe old age of 103.

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