Kleptoparasitism in Water Crickets

A sight that may not be for the feint of heart – 9 Water Crickets (Velia caprai) engage in a feeding frenzy on an unfortunate fly that has fallen into this quiet backwater. This is an act of intraspecific kleptoparasitism, that is, the stealing of food acquired by other...

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Neutral Good Druid

It’s all Tamsin’s fault! I’ve been side tracked on to my lifelong love of all things Dungeons & Dragons. Did this fun survey and here are the results, possibly accurate too? 🙂 I Am A: Neutral Good Human Druid (7th Level) Ability Scores: Strength-14 Dexterity-17 Constitution-15 Intelligence-17 Wisdom-18 Charisma-15...

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In search of Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats have roamed Snowdonia for many years and I always enjoy seeing them from time to time, especially when it involves a walk up the Rhinogs (or more correctly Rhinogydd). The Rhinogs have always had that little extra feeling of wilderness for me, where better to view wild...

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Tamsin the autumn fairy

One of the great pleasures of working with your enthusiastic & artistic daughter are the impromptu moments of photographic opportunity. Tamsin is an excellent model with a natural ease acting in front of camera – more than that though, her creativity tends to inspire the photographer. Only the other...

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Social Wasps – a case of bad press?

As anyone who follows my social media feeds may know, we were taking place in a little citizen science by surveying wasps across the farm at the end of August. The University behind the survey want to learn more about social wasps and they pointed out that wasps are...

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