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Nature Writing

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Nature Notes

<i>Rain. Battles. White Violets.</i><p>And so it rains. Mud becomes part of the fabric of living, washing off the fields with little to stop it and slewing …

Leave Me Alone

Emergence Magazine

It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times.<p>We believe in the power of story to renew an ancient and widely forgotten truth: …

Earth

One in eight bird species threatened with extinction, global study finds

One in eight bird species are threatened with global extinction, and once widespread creatures such as the puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird populations.<p>The State of the World’s Birds, a five-year compendium of …

Biodiversity

Country diary 1918: waging war against the brown rat

The weather has continued favourable for both farm and garden work, and considerable progress has been made by the farmer and the allotment-holder. I don’t think we need yet despair (should favourable weather help us) of getting the great crop of potatoes that we have been called upon by the …

War

Country diary: perplexed by a sign of the tides

Passengers for Morfa Mawddach station, to use the formal language of the announcement, “should inform the conductor that they wish to alight”. Your reward, if you do so, is a single narrow platform overlooking the salt marsh on the southern side of the Mawddach estuary. The station was once an …

Nature

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans' way of life

A few days before Christmas last year, Harry Brower, mayor of Alaska’s North Slope Borough, was at home when he heard a stunning noise – the sound of waves lapping at the shore.<p>The sound was as wrenching and misplaced as hearing hailstones thud into the Sahara. Until fairly recently, the Arctic …

Global Warming

The inky-black raven – an apposite omen for Britain today

Forget the apocalyptic storm. We've got worse things to worry about. A fox has killed and eaten two of the ravens at the Tower of London, reducing the birds' population from eight to six, thus bringing us dangerously close to under a half-dozen which, if breached - as Charles II decreed - the …

Country diary: a dead newt marks the end of the line

It’s the yellow that catches my eye. Bright egg-yolk splotched with black warts, glistening against wet asphalt. Long, striped toes. A forearm flung out, fingers drooping, thumb hanging down, elegant as a lady offering her hand for a kiss. A great crested newt, <i>Triturus cristatus</i>, squashed.<p>The …

Nature

Restoring Appalachia

“To grow in a high tunnel on my own property would cost $10,000,” Harris said. “I’d have to buy a tractor and tools and all that. We operate as a …

Agriculture

Dutch rewilding experiment sparks backlash as thousands of animals starve

It is known as the Dutch Serengeti, a bold project to rewild a vast tract of land east of Amsterdam. But a unique nature reserve where red deer, horses and cattle roam free on low-lying marsh reclaimed from the sea has been savaged by an official report after thousands of animals starved.<p>In a blow …

National Trust

Olivia Laing: 'There's no book I love more than Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature'

There’s no book I love more than Derek Jarman’s <i>Modern Nature</i>. There’s nothing I’ve read as often, or that has shaped me so deeply. I first came to it a year or two after its publication in 1991, certainly before Jarman’s death in 1994. It was my sister Kitty who introduced me to his work. She was …

Books

Giant sloth vs. ancient man: fossil footprints track prehistoric hunt

BOURNEMOUTH, England (Reuters) - Scientists have uncovered evidence of ancient humans engaged in a deadly face-off with a giant sloth, showing for the first time how our ancestors might have tackled such a formidable prey.<p>Standing over 2 meters tall, with forelegs tipped with claws, giant sloths …

Paleontology

Lost in a landscape: Barton Turf

It rained, my god how it rained. A bank holiday hex hanging over Easter. And typically the patterns of various occupations in one household left me …

Cold War

Hay Wain Watcher Watching

<i>Adam Scovell observes members of the public as they interact with John Constable’s 1821 painting</i> ‘<i>The Hay Wain’</i>“A large part of seeing depends upon …

Inspiration

Gall

<i>Tim Dee reviews</i> Gall<i>, the first full collection from poet and conservationist Matt Howard (</i><i>published by The Rialto and out now).</i>The first I heard of …

Nature

Lighthouses of the UK #2: Whiteford Point Lighthouse

<i>Illustrator Ben Langworthy continues his mission to draw each of the 300+ lighthouses which litter the UK coastline</i>Standing at just 44 feet tall, the …

Lighthouses

April lepidoptera

Butterflies and moths are becoming more frequent again as the weather gets warmer. So far in the garden I have seen brimstones, peacocks and the <b>comma</b> …

A River Runs Through It

From <b>Melinda Appleby</b>:I thought you and your readers might be interested in a conference I have organised to celebrate the river and its …

The Iran Regime-Change Crew Is Back

That probably spells doom for the nuclear deal.<p>Among the most strident critics of the nuclear deal with Iran are those who believe it furthers the survival of its leadership. By throwing Iran’s rulers an economic lifeline, they believe, the deal is an abject failure. America<p>’s goal, they say, …

South Asia

Nature books to add to your weekend reading list • Earth.com

Our view of the environment around us is deeply colored in the hues of our backgrounds, our biases and our educations. It goes beyond looking at a …

Books

Flies, ferns and trees

Now spring is advancing rapidly there is a large variety of bees and flies sunning themselves on the trunk of the birch tree. For example, the …

Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in 'catastrophic' 2016 heatwave

Scientists have chronicled the “mass mortality” of corals on the Great Barrier Reef, in a new report that says 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave.<p>The study, published in Nature and led by Prof Terry Hughes, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for …

Global Warming

The Ghost of Dunwich

The coast had been eroding for some time now.<p>Seas of parish churches and religious houses were no longer present. Looking over the cliff edges of …

North Sea

Country diary: as temperatures rise, Mediterranean gulls are all loved-up

Living on the south coast, I find myself listening out for an unusual harbinger of spring – the courtship cries of amorous Mediterranean gulls. Though resident year-round, they are much less vocal than other gull species in winter, and it isn’t until the beginning of the breeding season that I …

Birds

A millennial’s guide to the great outdoors

If, like me, you are a fiftysomething trying to cope with the modern world, you will be pleased to hear that millennials are struggling, too. As well as being unable to do mental arithmetic, ironing and spelling, they are also – according to a recent Bupa survey – unable to identify birds and wild …

Wildflowers

Country diary: primroses are so much more than pretty flowers

This meandering stream, a mile south of the city centre, has carved a small, steep-sided, wooded valley through soft alluvial soil, providing a refuge for flora and fauna that have long since been displaced by surrounding agriculture. Had I not strayed from the footpath around the fields and …

Nature

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

<b>Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste.</b><p>Ministers pointed to one estimate that 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year.<p>The prime minister said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges …

Sustainability