Category Archives: Media

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

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

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Is the time right for a Natural History GCSE?

There 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 … Continue reading

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Bird brains or ‘feathered apes’? Why intelligence matters.

Given I wrote Monday’s blog post on the Wood Pigeon over a month ago, it was a happy coincidence that Twitter today flagged up a fascinating article on bird intelligence. It is a piece that emphasises why this is not … Continue reading

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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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The welcome return of BBC Autumnwatch

Yesterday marked the welcome return of Autumnwatch to the BBC, at a time when the trees are turning a multitude of golden colours. I’m never certain what my favourite season is, except that it’s not that boring wretch that it … Continue reading

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Get Wild About Gardens

The total acreage of UK gardens exceeds that of all the nature reserves combined. So just imagine if all 15 million were managed to give a bit of assistance to struggling wildlife. That’s the idea behind Wild About Gardens.

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The Rest Test and Green Exercise

Today, the Wellcome Trust announced the results of The Rest Test, a study of 18,000 people that shows 68% of us feel we need more rest. Based on the results, I have one suggestion I think will help.

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Where are our garden birds/songbirds?

“Where have all our garden birds gone?” I’ve noticed this question appear in the letters page of our local paper a bit this summer, and it has felt like a quiet one. So what’s happening? As always with wildlife, the … Continue reading

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Are we getting an invasion of deadly, killer Asian Hornets?

As you read this, chances are the headlines will have already started. The first Asian Hornet has arrived in the UK and there are legitimate and not-so-legitimate reasons to be concerned about that.

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Seals – They’ll have your arm off…

Back in June in my slightly abortive 30 Days Wild 2016 efforts, I took a bunch of photos of Grey Seals off the Cornish coast. I was meaning to get round to posting them, and a recent story about the … Continue reading

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