The time I thought I’d found a giant penguin


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Since today is Penguin Awareness Day, I thought I’d share an embarrassing penguin story of my own. It relates to the time I thought I’d found evidence of a giant penguin surviving into recent history… Continue reading

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Climate change, habitat loss, and adaptation in birds and insects


08augustA recent study has been looking at the way animals adapt to a changing climate, and it presents a mixed picture of gains and losses.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.25 – Jackdaw


_DSC4916 (1280x1169)Anybody who has followed this blog for a while will know I like a bird that shows intelligence and personality, and that I also like to champion an underdog. Corvids are a group that sections of our society would like to persecute heavily, so I feel obliged to stick up for them. With that in mind, let’s look at the perky Jackdaw. Continue reading

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My highlights of 2016 – Part 2


10oct1We resume the rundown here, and even cheat just a little bit…

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Is the time right for a Natural History GCSE?


_dsc8413There has been an interesting idea circulating on Twitter this week. It has been started by the brilliant Mary Colwell, somebody I happen to have huge respect and admiration for. It’s not a new idea, but it remains an interesting one. But is it the right solution to the problem? Continue reading

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The local patch in December


_dsc9613-649x1280The garden has been pretty busy, but broadly speaking it seems to be pretty quiet round New Earswick and up the river. Continue reading

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Christmas around Heslington Lake


_dsc9284-1280x852This week will have a few slightly belated posts from images taken in the last couple of weeks of December, starting with a winter update from the university campus. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.24 – Waxwing


Spotted by a Waxwing, Bolton, 2011

It’s that time of year when reports flood in of a bird that looks like it was painted by a Japanese printmaker, and birdwatchers rush to local hotspots in the hope of grabbing a glimpse of something that can be rare or ubiquitous in a winter depending on the conditions. We are of course talking about Waxwings. Continue reading

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My highlights of 2016 – Part 1


_dsc6853This is massively self-indulgent, so I hope you will forgive me. Feel free to ignore in fact. But these are my favourite ten photos that I took last year. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.23 – Goldfinch


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Welcome to 2017 and the first MBOW of the year! In many ways this week’s edition is suitably festive given it features on calendars, cards, and tree decorations. It’s the beautiful yet feisty Goldfinch. Continue reading

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