A nice example to explain to us all what’s wrong with the British education system:
Stephen Moss is an author and naturalist based in Somerset, and course leader of Bath Spa University’s MA Travel and Nature Writing.
That Bath Techncial College is now running an MA in nature writing is one part of what’s wrong. But that someone running an MA course in nature writing says this is another:
They once roamed in huge herds across the grasslands of Europe, but a century ago, following mass killing for food and sport during the First World War, the European bison went extinct in the wild. Europe’s largest land mammal was only saved thanks to captive breeding, following which they were released back into the ancient forests of Eastern Europe.
Bison have since been reintroduced into several other European countries, and last week it was announced that the UK would be the latest of these.
No. The thing being reintroduced into the UK is the wisent, or forest bison. The thing that wandered in vast herds over the grasslands was the steppe bison, rather more similar to the American buffalo. Which is where those images of vast herds wandering the grasslands come from, the US, not recent European experience.
This is akin to confusing lions and tigers and we really would peer in concern at a nature writer who made that mistake. On the other hand it is Bath Technical College…..