Category Archives: Biology

On late-nesting Great-Crested Grebes

While the Pochards have been a story characterised by their unexpected presence, for the Great-Crested Grebes it has instead been one of disappointing absence. But a few weeks back they reappeared, and since then something really interesting has happened. Advertisements

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Heslington lake – belated nesting?

Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing.

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Some thoughts on non-native species

How many non-native species do you think there are in the UK? Ten? Fifty? A few hundred? Keep going upwards…

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30 Days Wild – Day 28 – Rain 

With the rain continuing to fall I was wondering what I could write about today. Surely not another wildfowl photo?

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30 Days Wild – Day 26 – Aberlady Bay

Day 26 is really a second part to Day 25, coming from the first ever Local Nature Reserve, established in 1952. Aberlady Bay.

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World Wetlands Day 2017 – Disaster Risk Reduction

Today is World Wetlands Day, an annual event run by the Ramsar Convention for the past twenty years to recognise the importance of wetland habitats. For 2017 the focus is on the value of these habitats to humanity, so I’m … Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.19 – House Sparrow

Since we have been covering common birds in this run of MBOW, it seems only right to turn to our most common of all; the House Sparrow. Yet its perennial status on the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch list masks a … Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.15 – The Dunnock

Unlike last week’s entry, this week we have a bird that is beyond any doubt brown. It is the quintessential ‘little brown job’. It is the Dunnock. But does ‘brown’ mean ‘boring’?

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The dinosaurs didn’t see their extinction coming… what’s our excuse?

When I was younger I used to think about dinosaurs a lot. I’d think about how they lived and interacted, what they might have looked like, all the usual things. But I also used to wonder about extinction. Did they … Continue reading

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What… is the flight speed of an unladen Goldcrest?

An unintended consequence of yesterday’s post was that I found myself in a discussion on Facebook regarding how long it took a Goldcrest to fly across the North Sea between England and Scandinavia.

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