How to choose the trail camera that’s right for you

Trail camera technology is developing all the time and the range of products on the market constantly expanding. While this is exciting, it can also be incredibly confusing, especially when you’re trying to choose which model is best suited to your needs. Here are six things you should consider when trying to choose the trail […]

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The Week in Review – 21st November

News from outside the nest This week we learned all about… The importance of protected areas for conserving the planet’s diversity. Many of our reserves are failing to live up to their promised potential through poor management The strange wasting syndrome that is affecting many important species of starfish and the scientists that are working to manage this […]

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Five ecology questions you can answer with a Nikon Forestry Pro Rangefinder

The Nikon Forestry Pro Rangefinder is a hypsometer – a combination of clinometer and laser rangefinder (jump straight to our video explaining how to use it). They are incredibly useful for ecologists and field biologists – here are five commonly encountered survey measurements you can quickly and accurately use a Forestry Pro to answer:   […]

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The week in review – 14th November

News from outside the nest The Convention on Migratory Species in Ecuador, which closed on Sunday, approved greater protection measures for 31 species. These included the much loved polar bear, currently at risk from a warming arctic climate. The world’s first solar bike lane, connecting the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer, opened in the […]

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Our ten favourite (and free) apps for wildlife lovers

These days there’s an app for everything and everyone. For those of us with a passion for nature and the outdoors, they provide a fantastic way to improve our knowledge and identification skills, record and share our findings and even contribute to scientific research. We’ve compiled a list of our ten favourite (and free) apps for wildlife lovers. Most […]

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Brock Fenton on the mystery and science of bats

Brock Fenton is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology, Western University, Ontario, Canada. His research programme involves using bats to explore the interfaces between animal behaviour, ecology and evolution. As co-author of the exciting new book, Bats: A World of Science and Mystery, we thought it would be interesting to pose him a few bat-related questions: How did […]

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The Week in Review – 7th November

News from outside the nest This week we learned about PenguinBot, a remote controlled “penguin” used to collect information from micro-chipped birds without the need for the stress caused by contact with human researchers. We read all about arctic ground squirrels, who bulk up on steroids for their winter hibernation period and have evolved to […]

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The Week in Review – 31st October

News from outside the nest This week we took a Trip Around the World in 92 Minutes with this wonderful collection of images taken from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield. From there we took a visual journal on a different scale, and were mesmerised by the winning photos from the Nikon Small World Photomicrography […]

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The Week in Review – 24th October

News from outside the nest This week we learned all about the shiny things of the natural world and the underlying structures that create iridescence. We read about nature’s lovers and fighters: from this fascinating research into the beginnings of sex on earth…to the long drawn out battles occurring between hives of Australian bees. Providing […]

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The Week in Review – 17th October

News from outside the nest We have been keeping an eye on the webcam at Dorset Harbour following announcements that the largest flock of spoonbills ever to be seen in Britain were sighted on the Brownsea Island Lagoon. The Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and we were as […]

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