Wildlife & nature

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Smithills Record – Bioblitz and Wildlife Festival

by Russell Hedley, Marketing & Communications Officer on 18 August 2017

This year we held our second ever Smithills Bioblitz and Wildlife Festival. Did the sun shine long enough for us to beat last year’s total?

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Lachlan Takes Flight

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 16 August 2017

Our osprey chick at Loch Arkaig has fledged! Watch the webcam footage as he takes his first flight.

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Foraging in August: find food this summer

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 August 2017

Blackberries, rowan berries and crab apples are all ripening this month. Here are six wild edible plants to collect with top tips and recipes on how to use them.

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Bacterial tree ooze: how to identify it

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 11 August 2017

One of our supporters got in touch recently to show us some slime she had found growing on a tree.

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11 rare birds in Britain's woodlands

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 04 August 2017

Britain is home to hundreds of beautiful bird species, with many residing in our woodlands. Unfortunately, not all of these species are thriving.

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Types of bees in the UK: how to tell the difference

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 31 July 2017

From fluffy bumblebees to pint-sized mining bees, we take a look at the key characteristics of some of our most common species.

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Beguiling beetles

by Karen Hornigold, Assistant Advisor Data & Information Management on 27 July 2017

Did you know that there are 47 ladybird species in the UK, or that we have 4,200 species of beetle? How about that 7% of all British native animals depend on dead or decaying wood at some point in their lives?

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Know the difference: house mouse and field mouse

by Louise Taylor, Citizen Science Project Officer on 25 July 2017

Can you tell your house mouse from your field mouse? If the answer is no then why not spend a few minutes to discover the differences between the house mouse and the field mouse.

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Osprey Cam: It’s a boy!

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 24 July 2017

The osprey chick at our Loch Arkaig Pine Forest has been weighed, measured and ringed by bird of prey experts, and is thought to be male.

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Ancient trees: what they are and where you can see them

by Kylie Harrison Mellor, Citizen Science Officer on 20 July 2017

Ancient trees are our oldest, fattest and gnarliest trees. But what is ancient? And how long does it take for a tree to become ancient?

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