Author: Kate Dey

Plant dispersal diversity

After days of anticipation a fresh breeze rises through a sunny field, creating a flurry of dancing white fluff. A busy cacophony of tiny parachutes rise and there is a wave of new...

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Many a mallard

Whilst being ferociously quacked at by eccentric mallard ducks on a river walk I realised that although we see these birds regularly many of us don’t know much about them. They’re very beautiful...

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Funky fungi facts

Fungi are certainly funky, but have you ever wondered what they are? We’ve probably all heard about the group of fungi called mushrooms, but there are around 1.5 million fungi species that are...

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Small hibernators – winter survival

As the cold, dark weather draws in and the rain patters at the window many of us probably wish we could hibernate. Instead, all we can do is put on a big jumper...

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The double life of a bryophyte

The most primitive group of land plants on earth are bryophytes, which have incredibly been on this planet for 400 million years or more. The bryophyte group consists of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Like...

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Cold-water coral reefs

Coral reefs can not only be found in the warm, sun-drenched waters of tropical regions, they also grow in cold, dark waters within a huge geographical range between 55°S to 70°N. Off the...

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Autumn spectaculars – ruts, nuts and flocks

With a chill creeping into the air and the Met Office predicting the coldest August for 100 years, autumn is fast approaching. But rather than reflect on the loss of warm summer days,...

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Ferocious flora of Britain

Whilst walking through the beautiful heathland of the New Forest, to my surprise I chanced upon a very small, brilliant-red, round-leaved plant growing close to the ground. If I hadn’t been trying (and...

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The missing lynx – reintroduction to Britain

The campaign for the reintroduction of lynx to the Britain has been gradually gathering momentum. In particular, the Lynx UK Trust is actively involved. They are currently in ongoing talks with statutory agencies...

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