On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me …

from Brolly Babe to Wildlife Conservationist ...

… seven Swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five gold rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

More food! But surely the swans were the property of the sovereign?  So perhaps her true love was royalty?  Or else a poacher!

I do not wish to be rude about our Queen.  I do like her very much.  However, I wish she would/could do something about the suffering of her swans here in the UK.  Every year, RSPCA, WWT, and independent wildlife hospitals care for thousands of sick swans.

Whilst foraging for food in water, swans also ingest spent lead shotgun pellets, and anglers weights.  By mistake, or even on purpose, mistaking it for grit which they eat to help grind up food.  Which leads to an awful lot of sickly lead-poisoned swans.  Lead angler weights are now banned, as is the use of…

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About Olivia N Masi

From art college drop-out, to office space-planner, to back-packer, to air stewardess, to brolly babe, to model agent, to wildlife conservationist. How? I've always believed in jumping at every opportunity that comes my way. This has taken me along some bizarre career paths. None of which I regret. I have been to amazing places and met fascinating people. And having worked in the motor sport industry I've sadly experienced too many beloved friends take one adrenalin step too many. I think of them always. I've hung out with pop-stars, sports personalities, and millionaires. I reached a point when nothing but VIP would do. And then something happened. My pops passed away and I felt the need to reconnect with my Italian side. Whilst in Italy, I learnt to be resourceful, to recycle everything, to listen to the valley, to grow my own veg, to catch and tame feral cats, and to follow my heart. My heart led me to a desire to save this beautiful Earth, and all the wonderful life upon it. And so I read, and then I studied with the Open University. I suddenly found myself accepted on a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, having left school with pitiful qualifications. So here I am. A qualified Wildlife Conservationist. A scientist I suppose. I love nothing more than to listen to birdsong, and watch, learn and photograph wildlife. So here is to me getting the perfect job where I can contribute to saving one of Earth's beautiful species. Do I miss the glamour of the old life? The VIP lifestyle? The petrol-head adrenalin? The buzz of being a successful business owner? Only occasionally. Though it seems more like the distant dreams of a previous life.
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