Nature Writing

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Orion’s belt-buckle

In celebration of my adopted star.<p>When I was about fourteen, I decided to adopt a star. I was standing on my parents’ patio on a glorious chilly …

Astronomy

Lost in a Landscape - Lyng Easthaugh

The lands to the west of Norwich have only a passing familiarity for me. I grew up in north-east Norfolk where I recognise the landscape facets and …

Archaeology

Orange tip caterpillar food plants

<b>We have all three of the commonest food plants for orange tip butterflies in the garden - hedge garlic (Alliaria petiolata), lady's smock (Cardamine</b> …

Worlds Apart

The Magnificent Great Orme

The Great Orme at Llandudno is one of my top 10 favourite places in the world, and June is one of the best months to visit. Not only does...

The long-jump prize goes to … the froghopper

Fermyn Woods, Northamptonshire Hard to spot, sitting still under a leaf, these bugs on the move are jumping champions<p>As the morning sun heats the still woodland air the rides fizz with the sounds of flying insects: bumblebees buzz between bramble blossom and clover heads, a myriad of small flies …

Nature

Speaking of Nature

A CEMETERY SEEMED AN ODD PLACE to contemplate the boundaries of being. Sandwiched between the campus and the interstate, this old burial ground is …

Grammar

A surprisingly simple explanation for the shape of bird eggs

Researchers crack a centuries-old mystery

Birds

Misadventure trims a red admiral's sails

Sandy, Bedfordshire The butterfly rested in the tractor tramline, cryptic wings held erect over its back<p>The open fields are no place for hot dogs in high summer. At other times dogs scamper along the straight tracks between wheat and barley, sometimes stopping to sniff, squat, or cock a leg, …

Nature

Moth Diaries ep.10

I promise something a little different for the weekend but with this influx of warm weather the moths just keep on coming and if I don’t post these …

Nature

The once busy Tamar settles down to summer

Calstock, Tamar Valley In the woods, leaves obscure all but glimpses of the ebbing river<p>Dogwoods, covered in flowers with cream bracts, shine from the prevailing green of Cotehele’s valley garden and in the woods leaves obscure all but glimpses of the ebbing river.<p>Flag iris, water dropwort and …

Nature

Ghosts on the Shore by Paul Scraton

Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories …

Travel

This tree was young when Culloden was fought

Aigas Field Centre, Beauly, Highlands I am struck by the way the willow expresses the richness entailed in a drawn-out death<p>Just 10 minutes down the valley from this outstanding educational institute is the largest goat willow in Britain. The veteran is tucked away at the roadside amid a line of …

History

In thrall to the nightjar's ghostly song

Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent As if wanting us to appreciate more fully the weird loveliness of its song, the nightjar flew towards us<p>We found the nightjar on the edge of a young conifer plantation, just before 10pm. The weather rumbled ominously in the background as dusk settled around us, the trees …

Nature

100 years ago: tireless swifts climb, dive and glide

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 21 June 1917<p><b>Surrey</b><br>The soil responds quickly now to every genial touch. Meadows and clover fields which, after they had been cut and the hay gathered, appeared brown and sere two days ago were this morning, after a spell of rain, as green almost as …

Nature

Inside the World’s Largest Walnut Forest - Roads & Kingdoms

Inside the World’s Largest Walnut Forest<p>Print<p>by Peter Ford<p>ARSLANBOB, Kyrgyzstan—<p>Nestled in a lush valley of Kyrgyzstan’s Chatkal mountain range lies …

Moth Diaries ep.9

Now, I know it’s only been a week since the last moth diaries (and you are probably all getting very bored) but, as I warned with the onset up …

Plastic polluted Arctic islands are dumping ground for Gulf Stream

Beaches in the remote Arctic islands were found to be more polluted than European ones due to plastic carried from much further south<p>Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried …

Oceans

This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life

For the cabbage white, sex involves sperm packages of ungodly size, genitals that double as a souped-up stomach, and an unexpected set of chewing jaws.<p>Nathan Morehouse wasn’t expecting to discover anything extraordinary when he started studying the cabbage white butterfly. Small, plainly colored, …

Insects

Tranquil moments where the forest meets the sea

New Forest South Only on private land can we experience a sense of remoteness that was once commonplace here<p>Small heath butterflies flirt among the delicate pink flowers of sea-spurrey. A solitary meadow brown flashes past, wind-driven and quickly lost against the muddy crust of dried-out estuarine …

Nature

Notes From Epping Forest: Spring 2017

Words and pictures: <b>Luke Turner</b>Early in the morning of 13th August 1942, Ordinary Seaman Edward Charles Lankester was floundering, half drowned yet …

Nature

Natural history: Thoreau's debt to Darwin

On the naturalist's bicentenary, Randall Fuller traces his empirical journey after Walden.<p>Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, where the naturalist …

Henry David Thoreau

Claxton Brick Ponds

Elegant Tern, Church Norton, Pagham Harbour

Britains first confirmed Elegant tern was found at Hayling Island in Hampshire on Friday. Orange billed terns such as this can be difficu...

Nature Notes

<i>Digger on the hill.</i><p>We go out just before sunset on a glorious day where the sky is swimming-pool blue. A warm breeze provokes whitebeam leaves into …

Nature

Barn owls

<b>It used to be the case that you could go for years in my part of Durham without seeing nesting barn owls. This week I've had the pleasure of watching</b> …

Appleby Horse Fair | Stuart Petch Photography

Another enjoyable two days visiting Appleby Fair, even if one of them was almost completely sodden with rain. The annual horse fair sees travellers …

Travel

Summer’s Song

Words and pictures: <b>Danny Adcock</b>The heat has been building all afternoon, flooding up on a soft, warm wind from the South which the swifts have been …

Blackbirds

Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction

“As scientists we have a responsibility to be accurate about such comparisons.”<p>At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Smithsonian paleontologist Doug Erwin took the podium to address a ballroom full of geologists on the dynamics of mass extinctions and power grid …

Extinction