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Sumatran rhinoceros now extinct in Malaysia

SUMATRAN RHINOCEROS NOW EXTINCT IN MALAYSIA

Last of the species in country, a female rhino named Iman, ‘died sooner than expected'

How insect orders got their names

HOW INSECT ORDERS GOT THEIR NAMES

Anyway, after some fun time with my Dictionary of Entomology , (which is much more of an encyclopaedia than a dictionary), and of course...

 
 
 
We need to protect nature to stand any chance of tackling climate chaos

WE NEED TO PROTECT NATURE TO STAND ANY CHANCE OF TACKLING CLIMATE CHAOS

Voters have woken up to the climate emergency. Equally urgent is the threat to nature and wildlife - and the issues are linked

I spied-a spider: Microscope work isn't as daunting as it appears!

I SPIED-A SPIDER: MICROSCOPE WORK ISN'T AS DAUNTING AS IT APPEARS!

There are around 650 species of spider in the UK alone. That's a lot! Some spiders can be identified by eye, others require hand lenses...

 
 
 
Stephen Moss's 2019 Round-up of Nature books

STEPHEN MOSS'S 2019 ROUND-UP OF NATURE BOOKS

Stephen Moss has written a round-up of nature books for many years and this is the second year when it has appeared here on this blog....

MKNHS SPRING 2020 PROGRAMME HAS BEEN PUBLISHED

You can view our exiting new programme of talks and walks on the programme page of our website.

 
 
 
Rescue mission to save ‘gin plant' juniper in southern England bears fruit

RESCUE MISSION TO SAVE ‘GIN PLANT' JUNIPER IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND BEARS FRUIT

Juniper, a rare conifer which is used to flavour gin, is making a comeback in southern England with the help of a conservation rescue...

The ‘unnoticed insect apocalypse': How people in towns and cities can help

THE ‘UNNOTICED INSECT APOCALYPSE': HOW PEOPLE IN TOWNS AND CITIES CAN HELP

An ‘unnoticed apocalypse' may have killed half of the world's insects in the 50 years since 1970, according to a new study.

 
 
 
Jaguars under threat from palm oil expansion

JAGUARS UNDER THREAT FROM PALM OIL EXPANSION

Latin America's mammals could be the next to suffer under palm oil production, warns charity.

The year of the fly - Exploring the families of British Diptera

THE YEAR OF THE FLY - EXPLORING THE FAMILIES OF BRITISH DIPTERA

Since 2019 is the Year of the Fly I thought it was time to dust off my boyhood interest in flies and see how many families of flies...

 
 
 
Winter is Coming - The Trees Prepare

WINTER IS COMING - THE TREES PREPARE

The days are shortening and the temperature is falling. This is a signal to deciduous trees that it is time to close down for the winter,...

JACKDAW MOBS FLIP FROM CHAOS TO ORDER AS THEY GROW

Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.

 
 
 
Bee Identification Guides

BEE IDENTIFICATION GUIDES

Female Parasitic bee, Nomada ferruginata, by Peter Garner, Thornborough and Coomb Community Woodlands, 2 May 2016 This page is a very...

THE WIDEST INSECT IN THE WORLD! THE WHITE WITCH MOTH

How big is the biggest insect wingspan in the world? One foot wide, wingtip to wingtip. This encounter in the rainforests of Brazil...

 
 
 
BCN Wildlife Trust newsletter November 2019

BCN WILDLIFE TRUST NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2019

First evidence of the impact of climate change on Arctic Terns

FIRST EVIDENCE OF THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON ARCTIC TERNS

Data collected from electronic tags retrieved from 47 journeys made by the Farne Island Arctic Terns, has revealed for the first time...

 
 
 
Beavers to be released in plan to ease flooding

BEAVERS TO BE RELEASED IN PLAN TO EASE FLOODING

‘Nature's engineers' to be introduced on National Trust land in south of England

Weather triggers magical season for exotic fungi

WEATHER TRIGGERS MAGICAL SEASON FOR EXOTIC FUNGI

Red Banded Polypore fungus ©Justin Long, Linford Lakes NR 26 January 2019 Outstanding conditions for growth topped by finds of exceptionally...

 
 
 
New hope for trees affected by ash dieback

NEW HOPE FOR TREES AFFECTED BY ASH DIEBACK

A study has identified the genes that give trees resistance to ash dieback, which arrived in the UK in 2012 and has now spread to almost...

Painted Lady migration secrets revealed

PAINTED LADY MIGRATION SECRETS REVEALED

One of the longest standing mysteries of migration has finally been solved after scientists discovered where the UK's Painted Lady...

 
 
 



BREAKING Jacqueline Jossa wins I'm A Celebrity 2019 and says it's a 'turning...

BREAKING Jacqueline Jossa wins I'm A Celebrity 2019 and says it's a 'turning point' in life

Andy Whyment, Jacqueline Jossa and Roman Kemp were the last three remaining I'm A Celeb campmates this year Read more ...

New Zealand volcano: People 'unaccounted for' after eruption on White Island

New Zealand volcano: People 'unaccounted for' after eruption on White Island

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Monday morning news briefing: New Zealand volcano erupts on tourists

Monday morning news briefing: New Zealand volcano erupts on tourists

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Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal to battle Chelsea, Man Utd move wanted, new...

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal to battle Chelsea, Man Utd move wanted, new Tottenham target

Transfer news LIVE brings you the latest gossip ahead of the January window as Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham and more feature. Read more ...

Sally Field cuts a regal figure as she is honored at the 2019 Kennedy Center...

Sally Field cuts a regal figure as she is honored at the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors

She's the recipient of two Academy Awards and three Emmys. And Sally Field was given yet another prestigious honor on Sunday at the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Read more ...

One dead and ‘likely to be more' after sudden volcanic eruption in New Zealand

One dead and ‘likely to be more' after sudden volcanic eruption in New Zealand

Description A photograph captured minutes after the sudden eruption Credits Michael Schade / sch One dead and 23 critically injured following eruption One-Minute Read The Week... Read more ...

Anthony Joshua ‘like Muhammad Ali' in Andy Ruiz win as Deontay Wilder, Tyson...

Anthony Joshua ‘like Muhammad Ali' in Andy Ruiz win as Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury warned

Anthony Joshua has been compared to Muhammad Ali by former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan after his win over Andy Ruiz Jr. Read more ...

Watchmen Episode 8: Angela's past in Vietnam is revealed before next week's...

Watchmen Episode 8: Angela's past in Vietnam is revealed before next week's season finale

After last week's shocking reveal that Angela Abar's husband Cal is actually Doctor Manhattan, Sunday night's Watchmen revealed how they met. Read more ...

Arsenal predicted line-up for West Ham clash as Freddie Ljungberg makes changes

Arsenal predicted line-up for West Ham clash as Freddie Ljungberg makes changes

Interim boss Ljungberg will be hoping to secure his first win since taking charge of the Gunners when they travel to the London Stadium to face a struggling West Ham side Read more ...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to fix Man Utd issue as Red Devils look to build...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to fix Man Utd issue as Red Devils look to build on Man City win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will seek to address Manchester United's shortcomings against the Premier League's lesser teams after wins over Tottenham and Manchester City last week. Read more ...