Charter of uk.rec.natural-history

(Not Moderated)

This newsgroup is for the discussion of the flora and fauna of the UK and in its offshore waters.

Discussion topics will include all native, naturalised and vagrant species (for example wild flowers, trees, lepidoptera and other invertebrates, mammals and fish) as well as guidebooks, places to visit, clubs and societies and observational equipment. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.

Discussion of animal rights, fishing and hunting is OFF TOPIC, but may belong in uk.politics.animals or uk.rec.fishing.*.

Discussion of wild birds usually belongs in uk.rec.birdwatching, although interactions between birds and other animals and plants may be more appropriate here.

Discussion of conservation practice usually belongs in uk.environment.conservation.

Discussion of garden plants usually belongs in uk.rec.gardening.

In the absence of more appropriate, geographically-specific newsgroups, discussion of the natural history of Eire, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will also be welcome.

Discussion of natural history in other parts of the world, except for migrant species which visit the UK, or for the purposes of comparison, is OFF TOPIC. Please note that this exclusion relates to subject matter, not people, and posters from around the globe are welcome to participate in or initiate discussion of UK- relevant topics.


Advertising is forbidden, with these exceptions:
Suppliers of goods and services relevant to the study of natural history in the UK may post an invitation to visit their web site or request details. It should be of four lines or fewer and not posted more than once every three months. The subject line should begin "ADVERT: ", except for recruitment adverts, when it should begin "JOB: ".

Binaries & Formatting

Encoded binaries (e.g. pictures, compressed files, etc.) are forbidden. Such material belongs on a web or FTP site to which a pointer may be posted. Cryptographic signatures (e.g. PGP) may be used where authentication is important and should be as short as possible. Posts must be readable as plaintext. HTML, RTF and similarly formatted messages are prohibited. To see how to make your newsreader comply with this, read <http://www.usenet.org.uk/ukpost.html>.


Anyone posting contrary to this charter may be reported to their "postmaster" and/or Service Provider.

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uk.rec.natural-history	The study of UK wildlife