Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland:

To the general naturalist, ladybirds are arguably the most familiar group of beetles and an up-to-date field guide has been long overdue. Now, after exhaustive research and diligent illustrations, this brand new field guide covering all 47 species of ladybird occurring in Britain and Ireland is finally available.     The authors Helen E. Roy … Continue reading “Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland:”

Ladybirds: an interview with Helen Roy, Ecological Entomologist at the BRC

Helen Roy, Ecological Entomologist at the Biological Records Centre, is one of a team of authors who have been involved in the revision of this classic Naturalists’ Handbook. I see from your professional history that throughout most of your career you have been involved in research with ladybirds. What originally drew you to these fascinating … Continue reading “Ladybirds: an interview with Helen Roy, Ecological Entomologist at the BRC”

The Best Natural History Books of 2018

It has been a great year for natural history publishing, with the release of long-awaited texts and surprise best-sellers. From nature writing to ID guides, this list comprises the very best natural history books of 2018 which we feel stand out for their novelty, insight, and accessibility. Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: Passerines (2-Volume Set) £130.00 £150.00 Climate … Continue reading “The Best Natural History Books of 2018”

Anthropogenic Climate Change: Arguments for and against

This post is the second of a four-part series on polarised discussions in science and how to deal with misinformation. You can find Part 1 introducing the topic here, Part 3 on evolutionary biology here, and Part 4 on dealing with misinformation here. There is a broad scientific consensus about the reality of climate change … Continue reading “Anthropogenic Climate Change: Arguments for and against”

Hibernation time – a quick guide to safe overwintering for your garden visitors

As the days grow shorter and cooler, many animals are beginning to look for a safe place to spend the winter. The best way to cater for most hibernating animals is simply not to tidy your garden too much – a pile of leaves at the back of a flower bed provides a great place … Continue reading “Hibernation time – a quick guide to safe overwintering for your garden visitors”