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Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants
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Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants

Many of us have played in rock pools on the shore. The animal life there is as intriguing to children as Mario Brothers. I still play there if I can, when nobody is looking, sometimes with the addition of snorkel and mask (and fins.) In the tropics, as well as...
Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary
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Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary

The solitary bees are not simply ignored. We are often totally unaware of their existence, even though they live on almost every continent. They fly in Spring, then hunker down under the ground and don’t emerge till the next Spring breeding season. You could s...
Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature!
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Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature!

Tree swallows are being used to investigate how climate change promotes early breeding, as they have been found to advance egg-laying by between 5-9 days over the last 32 years.Alaska is warming up at twice the rate of its parent nation, so the swallows th...
Bees that buzz and those that help the economy!
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Bees that buzz and those that help the economy!

On the "Bees are Amazing" site here there is an amazing variety of bees to interest those of us who appreciate their incredible contribution to pollination. However, the pest removal qualities of wasps and the parasitic activity of ichneumons are equally i...
Stream insects live well in Yorkshire
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Stream insects live well in Yorkshire

Benthic stream invertebrates are among the best known indicators. They tell us almost immediately how pure freshwater is and exactly how many of our rivers are recovering from any pollution. These canaries in the coal mine are thriving surprisingly well in the...
Sheep hunted before domestication in the Middle East
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Sheep hunted before domestication in the Middle East

Wild sheep are almost as difficult to classify as domestic animals, which have complicated admixtures of various species. The mix in the mouflon is more complex still, as it is one of the ancestors of the domestic sheep Ovis aries.The wild Ovis orientalis ...
“Sneeze to leave”, and wild dogs vote for a hunt!
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“Sneeze to leave”, and wild dogs vote for a hunt!

Among the most admired and feared hunters, the African wild dog or painted dog appears in the forefront of cooperative packs. With dominants governing the reproductive side of society, the organisation of the pack before collective movement is very interesting...
Untamed Travel Possibilities for your imagination or your future plans.
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Untamed Travel Possibilities for your imagination or your future plans.

Published on 28th September, the "Atlas of Untamed Places" gives us an unparalleled view of very different parts of the planet. The author, Chris Fitch has been lucky enough (some would say!) to see locations the rest of us could never manage to get to. Then h...