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The Magpie’s nidopallium

Sometimes you’re reading something and come across a word you’ve never seen before. The Eurasian magpie is considered to be among the brightest of birds, and even among the most intelligent of all...

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Yusef Samari plants a tree at St Nicholas Field helped by Jonathan Dent, Merlot,and Sheri Myler.Pic : Nigel Holland

Local Conservation Groups

Joining local conservation groups For anyone who feels like the problems in conservation are too big, and the efforts too small, to ever make a difference, I advocate joining local conservation groups. They’re...

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Berries ripe for eating

An autumn glut of Sea Buckthorn berries

The smell was sweet and sickly, infused with alcohol, and difficult to escape. We tracked it down to sea buckthorn berries, bright orange, over-ripe and ready for eating after the early November frosts....

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Bat Surveying in Stages

Bat Surveying in Stages A few weeks ago, I got the chance to go out at night and help an consultant ecologist do a bat survey. I was excited, for obvious reasons: bats...

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How did dinosaurs evolve beaks and become birds?

by Michael J. Benton, University of Bristol Once you know that many dinosaurs had feathers, it seems much more obvious that they probably evolved into birds. But there’s still a big question. How did...

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Crow vs Buzzard

“Meeagh” “Meeeeagh” Higher pitched than I expected a buzzard cry to be; three of them wheeling over the fields high up – 150 feet perhaps. I stand and watch, trying to remember the...

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