UK approves EU-banned pesticide, which can be fatal for bees

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the use of a pesticide, which had been banned for outdoor use in the EU and the UK since 2018, has been authorised for emergency use in England. 

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The pesticide, which contains a chemical called thiamethoxam, was banned because it can kill bees. However, it has been permitted for emergency use because of a virus threatening the production of sugar. 

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Remembrance Day: The animals that went to war

Approximately 65 million people from around the world fought in the First World War. But did you know that more than 16 million animals had also served by the time the war came to an end on the 11 November 1918?

“For your tomorrow,
We gave our today.”

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By John Maxwell Edmonds

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World Heart Day – fascinating facts about the hearts of the animal kingdom!

Did you know that giraffe have the highest blood pressure of any animal on the planet?

It can measure 280/180 mm Hg, which is twice that usually found in people, and their hearts can beat up to 170 times per minute. Just think how strong their heart must have to beat in order for blood to reach the top of their heads!

Today, 29 September, is World Heart Day. To celebrate, here are five other fascinating facts about hearts within the animal kingdom.

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The Wildlife Trusts and RHS launch their new campaign: Grow a Secret Garden for Butterflies

From today, 12 March 2020, gardeners across the UK can register their pledges online to dedicate a patch of garden or outdoor space specifically for butterflies and moths in a bid to slow their declining populations.

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Happy New Year… or is it?

On 31 December 2019, millions of people welcomed in the brand new decade with fireworks. However, do you really know the cost of these bright, celebratory displays to our environment?

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Join the Puffarazzi to help protect and conserve the threatened “clowns of the sea”

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One of the most famous bird charity’s in the UK, RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), has launched its latest citizen science photography project – Puffarazzi. Continue reading “Join the Puffarazzi to help protect and conserve the threatened “clowns of the sea””

My World Penguin Day article is now live on Forces.net

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Today is World Penguin Day and, what with being a (very) soon-to-be military wife, I have gotten involved with Forces Network – where the latest news on the UK Armed Forces and from the wider military world can be found Continue reading “My World Penguin Day article is now live on Forces.net”

Notre-Dame: the animals that inspired this famous landmark’s stone gargoyles

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On 16 April, news broke that one of the most famous landmarks in France, Notre-Dame Cathedral, was being engulfed by a huge blaze. In less than 24 hours parts of the 850-year-old’s Gothic structure, including the spire and parts of its original wooden roof, had been destroyed and collapsed. Notre-Dame is home to a number of sculptures including more than 100 gargoyles. But what are these unusual looking, animal-like stone creatures?

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Invertebrates: just creatures without skeletons?

StockSnap_SLQQ4XD1BZWhen you ask someone to name an animal, most people will say a type of furry mammal, feathery bird or scaly reptile. However, did you know that most of the animals that live on Earth are actually invertebrates. But what are invertebrates?

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Spotlight: Photographer, David Hicks, takes us behind the lens

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Photography has always been a passion of mine, even if I’m not very good at it (… yet). So when I was made aware of David Hicks’ recent gallery in which he photographed elephants in Asia, I knew I had to find out more about how he managed to take such unique pictures. I wanted to discover the story behind the photographs.

C: What inspired you to photograph elephants in Sri Lanka and Thailand? Continue reading “Spotlight: Photographer, David Hicks, takes us behind the lens”