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Last breath: Rosary Cemetery

My inclination was to put this into the hidden history category, but then I remembered how often I end up sauntering around with people I’ve never …

History

Genomes of modern horses reveal domestication secrets of ancient people | @GrrlScientist

<i>A new study reveals the suite of traits that ancient nomadic peoples selected to develop the type of horse that best fit their purposes</i><p><i>by</i> …

Anthropology

Old Dog, New Dog: Genetic Map Tracks The Evolution Of Man’s Best Friend | @GrrlScientist

<i>An extensive genomic map of dog breeds — the largest to date — published recently provides the first DNA evidence that dogs crossed the Bering land</i> …

Dogs

Arc to Arcturus, jump to Jupiter

Jupiter the giant planet currently dominates Britain’s twilit skies, and even binoculars will reveal its four main moons<p>May Night Sky chart<p>The giant planet Jupiter, brighter than any star, stands 30° to 35° high in the S during Britain’s evening twilight at present and tracks westwards to dip …

Astronomy

Immersive plunge for bored young dipper

Milldale, Derbyshire The adult whirred downstream. The juvenile, sat still for a bit, gaped, grew restless, then launched itself into the stream<p>The grassy east bank of the river Dove below the packhorse bridge at Milldale, in the Peak District, is popular with picnickers and we had to drift …

Peak District

Red Grouse chicks

<b>The heather moorland on Pikestone fell near Wolsingham in Weardale today was full of recently-hatched red grouse chicks.</b><p><b>When they are this small they</b> …

Lapwings at Catcott

A film by Bevis Bowden:<p>“The Catcott Lows on the Somerset Levels is part of the largest wet meadow system in Britain and forms a part of the Avalon …

Natural History

Nature Notes

<i>Eastwards: the Cheviots in Spring.</i><p>Low, red-roofed Homildon Cottage forms the gatepost to Northumberland National Park and St Cuthbert’s Way all the …

Nature

What Animals Taught Me About Being Human

Long ago, when I was 9 or 10, I wrote a school essay on what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’ll be an artist, and I’ll keep a pet otter, I announced confidently, before adding, “as long as the otter is happy.” When I got back my exercise book, my teacher had commented, “But how can you tell if an …

Mind

Toxin-tolerant plants take root in colliery's spoil tips

Middlehope Moor, Weardale Miners who left waste rock beside the burn created a perfect habitat for the spring sandwort<p>On a grey day in a tree-less landscape, buffeted by a bone-chilling north-easterly wind, only the calls of curlews and oystercatchers that had returned here to breed suggested this …

Gardening

The North Sea is a sign of what awaits in the Anthropocene – David Farrier

The red-veined rocks of Bohuslän in western Sweden have one of the highest concentrations of Bronze Age art in Europe. I was lucky enough to see the …

North Sea

Belonging and Landscape – when I first read Richard Jefferies

As an only child who grew up in the countryside I am used to open spaces and feel at home in the company and beauty of natural things. My favourite …

Mind

Nine secret rural spots in London

1<p>Christchurch Greyfriars<p><b>What is it?</b> A floral elegy to a lost church<p>Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Christchurch Greyfriars was destroyed by fire in …

London

Tank-like oil beetle hauls out to the highway

Dartmoor A lone traveller, the beetle made progress, jointed legs paddling the ground as it hefted its giant abdomen onward<p>At the western edge of Dartmoor high terrain that rises in exposed granite peaks gives way to the gentle swell of undulating farmland. Step from rough ground over the cattle …

Nature

Down with the bilberry bees

Buxton, Derbyshire They look like animate furry fruit bonbons. The queens hatch late and their preferred food is bilberry and heather<p>After the most rainless spring that I can recall, the vegetation on the moor tops is frazzled to an August tinder. The full sweep of folded slopes look grey rather …

Nature

Video Solves Mystery of How Narwhals Use Their Tusks

Drone footage taken in the far northeastern regions of Canada finally sheds light on how narwhals use the massive tusks protruding from their heads.<p>Mystery Behind Narwhal's Iconic Tusks Revealed<p>Video shows how narwhals use their iconic tusks to hunt fish. Filmed near Nunavut, Canada, a narwhal can …

Biological Species

Coralroot, a rare beauty among the old graves

North Wessex Downs, Hampshire Cow parsley and common vetch crowd around the carved words of grief and remembrance<p>My right hand, flushed with warmth after a day’s walking, is refreshed at the touch of the stone gate post. Standing at the entrance of an abandoned church, I can see it has been worn …

Archaeology

Gorse badly damaged by harsh winter: Country diary 100 years ago

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 17 May 1917<p>Our Cornish driver said today that here they had had “two winters in one, and that a bad one.” Certainly one does not remember ever to have seen gorse so badly damaged. One thinks of gorse and ling as the hardiest of hardy shrubs, yet …

Nature

A New Dawn of Consciousness – Thoughts of the Future

<b>Rebecca Welshman</b><p>Two books that have made a lasting impression on me are James Redfield’s <i>The Celestine Prophecy</i>, and Richard Jefferies’ <i>The Story of My</i> …

Spirituality

Moth Diaries ep.6

Finally, after what seems like an age of waiting, warmer nights have finally made an appearance and with them a huge increase in both the number and …

Gardening

Where have all the insects gone?

While news focuses on elections or the economy, the bigger picture is that our world is being tragically and massively denuded of non-human forms of life<p>There is a scene at the end of the film Gangs of New York when Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio are deep in a vicious fight for honour and …

Germany

Sweet-scented scurvy-grass is a spring tonic in every sense

South Uist The bitter leaves of this hardy little plant once provided a welcome dose of vitamin C after a hard winter<p>Scurvy-grass is usually found in coastal regions, where its high tolerance of saline conditions enables it to flourish where other plants fail to thrive. It is an early flowerer and …

Gardening

Inchkeith - the abandoned Scottish island with a mysterious past

How Do Flowers Know When to Bloom?

Why Are There So Many Species near the Equator?

Washed up whale 'most contaminated' on record

Lulu the killer whale had 20 times the expected level of banned chemicals known as PCBs in her system.

The return of the fox hunt and our demented aristocracy's obsession with death

Blood will wash the land again. Theresa May has promised that if elected, the next Tory government will offer MPs a free vote on bringing back …

Hunting

Time is running out for Madagascar – evolution’s last, and greatest, laboratory

Kew scientists warn that unique plants on Madagascar are at risk of extinction<p>It is a unique evolutionary hotspot home to thousands of plants found nowhere else on Earth. However, Madagascar’s special trees, palms and orchids – which provide habitats and food for dozens of species of rare lemur and …

Ecology

How Beauty Evolves

In a new book on duck sex, dancing birds, and human orgasms, Richard Prum argues against a cold and utilitarian view of nature's splendor.<p>For ornithologist Richard Prum, manakins are among the most beautiful creatures in the world. He first started studying these small South American birds in 1982, …

Evolution