A bigger, better New Nature Magazine

Following a short, creative hiatus, we're stoked to bring you the latest edition of New Nature Magazine. This time boasting a new look and an even more jam-packed format [50 pages, no less]. The decision to move to a bi-monthly release schedule was not an easy one but, with a corresponding increase in time, we ...

Top 10 Facts: Fly Agaric

Infamous. Amantia muscaria is one of the most recognisable fungi in the world. A recent study by European scientists, during which subjects were shown images of various mushrooms, found that respondents successfully identified the species on 96% of occasions. Common, white forms of fungi were successfully identified by only 53% of participants. Romanticised. The red ...

Driven Grouse Shooting: the Bluff’s Been Called, by Les Wallace

This post was originally written for  Bowland Raptor Politics. The thoughts expressed here are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent my own. Well with clockwork regularity another season’s fledged hen harriers ‘disappear’ over grouse moor. They’re not even making an effort to throttle back in the face of growing censure in ...

THE clothing company for conservationists

In our day of countless online stores and independent sellers, it takes a lot for an organisation to set itself apart from the pack. Thus I do like it when a business breaks the mould and does something a little different - something I feel fledgeling clothing company, Big Wild Thought, have achieved to perfection. For those ...

Cetaceans on the Northumbrian coast

Yesterday I experienced something new and otherworldly: discovering a new side to my home county - Northumberland, for those who haven't yet guessed - on a ten-hour trip into the North Sea with Northern Experience Wildlife Tours. The trip delivering a surreal experience as, at long last, I was able to get up close and ...

A rare record in Newcastle

European Hornets really are fearsome looking beasts: significantly larger than their more abundant cousin, the wasp, and boasting both a menacing set of mandibles - used to great effect to shred insect prey - and a particularly large stinger. They are also rather striking, clad in alternating shades of warm red, yellow and black. A ...

Seabird Watching Guide

Please note that this is a sponsored guest blog by the wonderful people at Kennedy Wild Bird Food. The UK’s coast is home to some of the world’s biggest and best seabird colonies. For a few months every spring and summer, the coast is flooded by seabirds returning to their colonies where they occupy every ...

Bumper breeding season for rare waders

It was uplifting to learn that Black-tailed Godwits, the elegant wading birds at the heart of the outstanding Project Godwit initiative, have enjoyed a bumper breeding season in Southern England. Below you will find a news release from the organisations involved in the PG scheme for you to peruse at your leisure - surely we ...

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales, by Frances Jones

The Yorkshire village of Malham was basking in the mid-morning sunshine when we set off for a circular walk up over the hills via Gordale Scar. It was a pleasant temperature for walking and we started at a good pace, passing several other walkers out on this sunny bank holiday Saturday. Not far down the ...

Mountain Hares crash and burn in Scotland

A new study, conducted jointly by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the RSPB, has highlighted a catastrophic decline in Scotland's Mountain Hare population. With numbers suspected to have fallen to less than 1% of the level recorded just 60 years ago. From 1954 to 1999, it is estimated that hare numbers decreased by ...

RSPB criticised for protecting birds… fancy that?

This week, the depths of social media have been filled with grumblings of discontent aimed at the RSPB for their use of lethal control as a conservation tool on their land: to protect threatened curlew (and other ground-nesting birds), to restore woodland and to protect a suite of native fauna from damaging invasive species. To ...

July Highlights

For those interested, here is a short round-up of the most popular blog posts shared to this website in July... Let's talk about the Tyne Kittiwakes My own personal take on the unfortunate deaths of a number of Kittiwakes (a globally threatened, predominately oceanic and entirely harmless species) caused by entrapment in bird deterrent netting erected ...

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