The Week in Review – 12th December

News from outside the nest This week…we learned why pufferfish build sandcastles and how it has taken us such a long time to observe this particular behaviour. A study published this week in Nature showed us how dragonflies go beyond mere reflexive responses and actually predict the movements of their prey as they are hunting. […]

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The Week in Review – 5th December

  News from outside the nest This week…we read a great article about the “Send us your Skeletons” project and learned about the power of citizen science in gathering valuable data. We also learned about the importance of citizen awareness in the Global Fishing Watch project. This amazing new scheme uses satellite data to make […]

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Anne Bebbington on botanical illustration and her new book, Understanding the Flowering Plants

Dr. Anne Bebbington trained as a botanist and worked for over 30 years for the Field Studies Council and as an environmental educator. Also an outstanding botanical illustrator, her career has traced a path between the two complementary fields, and she is a past President of the Institute of Analytical Plant Illustration.  Her new book is a testament to […]

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The Week in Review – 28th November

  News from outside the nest This week…we were fascinated by the intelligence and dexterity displayed by this octopus gathering and storing a coconut shell to use for protection. We caught up on project SNOWstorm – a research endeavour which monitors the summer breeding areas of snowy owls in the Canadian Arctic. We discovered how the […]

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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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