Our native oak trees (Quercus robur, Q. petraea) support the largest number of insect species of any tree species in Britain (1). Oak leaves emerge pristine and tender, but (like most of … Continue Reading Oak leaves in Spring
Stonechats are common birds which many people will recognise, but when you start to dig a little deeper, they turn out to be a maddeningly complicated bunch of races or … Continue Reading Stonechats: complex or misunderstood?!
I came across these lovely puffballs last month (April 2015), in the grounds of the Hotel Semáforo de Bares, Galicia, Spain (1). This is a beautiful place with panoramic views … Continue Reading Puffball paradise!
Surfing in Galicia.
Surfing in Galicia.
Photo of the Month: Mindoro Scops Owl. Imagine how many millions of years this bird has existed on the planet. This is the first picture of of it, but even … Continue Reading Photo of the Month: Mindoro Scops Owl
Great-billed kingfisher is a Sulawesi endemic. Also called Black-billed Kingfisher, or Celebes Stork-billed Kingfisher, this kingfisher is only found on Sulawesi, Banggai, Sula and other nearby islands of Indonesia. There are … Continue Reading Black bill
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Visitors to Chiang Mai usually head up the mountain to visit Wat Doi Sutep. Beautiful and impressive though this temple is, it can get quite crowded on weekends and holidays. … Continue Reading Forest walk
Argan oil is amazing stuff. You can eat it eat or rub it on your body! It is said to have a whole range of beneficial effects, both for beauty … Continue Reading A hard nut!
A recent paper published in the journal Science presents a reconstruction of the insect phylogeny (their ‘tree of life’ as it were) based on a gargantuan analysis of their DNA (1). The huge … Continue Reading The ancient lineage of insects
There are 44 species of iguanas (in nine genera), but remarkably, some are still undescribed (1). There are three Land iguanas found in The Galápagos Islands: Conolophus marthae, Conolophus pallidus and Conolophus subcristatus. The … Continue Reading Land iguanas: a link with the past
Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) have probably been living happily on the Galápagos islands for over 10 million years (1). The first human being they saw was the Bishop of Panama … Continue Reading A sea-going lizard
Rock on pigeons, you are just like us!. You have to admire their adaptability; they have learnt to live with us and in many ways they are much like us: urban, … Continue Reading Rock on pigeons, you are just like us!