The Week in Review – October 24th

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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The Week in Review – 10th October

News from outside the nest We watched this inspiring film from Mosaic about the Urban Pollinators Project and learned how our cities may be the last refuge of some of our most vital pollinating insects. And from the very small to the very large, we witnessed the US government sign a contract which saw debt […]

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The Week in Review – 3rd October

  News from outside the nest With news that world wildlife populations have halved in the last 40 years, we were keen to find out which British wildlife species have been most affected. On a brighter note, we learned all about solar power: from the UK’s first floating solar farm, and solar sunflowers to solar […]

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Video: Surveying a bat maternity roost - At a distance

Collecting visual evidence of bats at roost entrances

Aim Recording bats and their behaviour around roost entrances can be extremely useful for a number of reasons: as evidence to present to a client, to demonstrate or test for a change in behaviour during or after mitigation, and as a back-up system to record the presence of the quieter bats like the brown long-eared. […]

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The Eponym Dictionary of Birds

Six eponymous bird name facts

This month sees the publication of Bo Beolens’, Michael Watkins’ and Michael Grayson’s The Eponym Dictionary of Birds – a major publication with over 4,000 entries to fascinate the curious-minded birder. Each entry explains the biography behind the people commemorated in bird names, from lesser-known but dedicated collectors to officers, dignitaries and royals. Such as: Passerini’s Tanager and Salmon’s Jacamar […]

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Video: Overview of a Dino-Lite digital microscope

Micro photography with the Dino-Lite digital microscope

A digital USB microscope is a fantastic way to view and capture images of specimens and has many applications in the classroom, laboratory or at home. The Dino-Lite range of USB microscopes provides a large variety of models ranging from affordable microscopes for the amateur user to extremely high resolution, feature-packed options designed for the […]

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Birds and Climate Change: Impacts and Conservation Responses

Birds and Climate Change – authors James Pearce-Higgins & Rhys E. Green discuss the impacts and responses

Birds and Climate Change: Impacts and Conservation Responses has just been published by Cambridge University Press. This key topic is given a broad critical review by James Pearce-Higgins, a Principal Ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, and Rhys E. Green, Principal Research Biologist at The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Honorary Professor of Conservation Science at the […]

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Wild Flowers of Eastern Andalucia reviewed by Plant Talk

This excellent field guide to the flowering plants of Almeria and the Sierra de los Filabres region covers an area of southern Spain with a particularly rich and varied flora. The book is beautifully illustrated with stunning colour photographs, and botanist Sarah Ball describes a good representative selection of the most frequent and characteristic flowering […]

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A Sparrowhawk’s Lament author David Cobham interviewed by NHBS

Our readers may be familiar with you as the director of the 1979 film, Tarka the Otter, so your conservation credentials go back a long way. What first stirred you to get involved with the plight of our wildlife? In the late sixties I made several films for the Midland Bank showing the advice they […]

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