Education

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle stands today as an impressive historical monument to the turbulent British past. When first completed in 1289 it may have been viewed somewhat differently. Whichever side one sat upon, Welsh or English, there can be little doubt that this castle was a dominant and imposing site within...

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Badgers & TB culling

"Brock" the badger (Meles meles) is a native wild mammal of Britain (amongst other places). Omnivorous & mainly nocturnal these wonderful woodland shadows should normally live their lives undisturbed in their woodland setts. Yet they have been persistently blamed (often with little evidence) for the occurrence of TB in...

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Tulips & Circadian Rhythms

Some of our tulips are now out, merrily opening & closing their blooms according to their own schedule. What is it that drives this schedule?   Click image to view larger version … The tulips  have their own biological clocks built in; this is what drives the circadian rhythm...

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Sex in the Bush

I want to transport you to a seedy, or perhaps I should say nutty, region of reproduction. A place where the male structures are vast in comparison to the petite & flushed female variety. But first, do you recognise this flower?    Click on image for a larger view...

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European Honey Bee, a slideshow

Apis Mellifera, the European honey bee. For anyone who, like me, enjoys toast & honey at breakfast, there’s a lot to feel thankful towards these busy little insects. I’ve been meaning to post something about them since I found one who had died after being caught in an early...

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