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Giant squid in progress

The Kraken Awakes

Wide eyed squids and Squid kids – In search of the Kraken Cephalopods (octopuses, cuttlefish, squid and nautiluses) are our most popular images at Lifeforms. In response to the popularity we decided to take it a little further.  I can claim no great expertise on the subject but a lifelong fascination does help prevent me from […]

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Encounters with cephalopods

Encounters with Cephalopods

Encounters with Cephalopods – Squid  The World’s oceans still hold many mysteries and secrets. For all our exploration, technology and science, the seas around the British Isles are no less beguiling than any around the World.  As a child, I remember looking out at the sea. Most often it was murky and choppy, and I’d […]

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Escape to the garden

Escape to the Garden

Earth Day 2021 “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, avalanches and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”  John Muir (Scottish Naturalist and USA and international conservation icon)  Preamble – escape to the garden  According to the Bible, God was a gardener and he allowed us […]

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Art to save the planet

Art to Save the Planet

Adorning our homes with nature Art to save the planet is a bit of a big ask. But never has our environment faced greater threats than it does today. We all need to take responsibility and play our part. Our approach here at Lifeforms is both hands on Conservation and raising awareness of our fellow […]

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Frogs and Toads

Celebrating Frog Day! Frogs and toads (anurans) are widely considered to be the world’s most threatened and rapidly declining group of animals. The statistics are horrifying; the cause is us.  Save the Frogs Anyone wondering what we can do or if anyone is doing anything should consider this carefully. Whilst conservationists are fighting hard to […]

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chough the rarer corvid

Recognising corvids

How to tell a crow from a jackdaw! The corvids have much to crow about when it comes to intelligence having outsmarted primates in some tests. There are 8 species (sort-of) resident in the UK. Raven Carrion Crow Hooded Crow Rook Chough Jackdaw Magpie Jay Although some, like the magpie are much easier to distinguish […]

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scarlet malachite beetle

A Valentines Day Special

A Valentines Day look at how romance is alive and well in the animal Kingdom. Cephalopod Courtship and Amorous Arachnids Not only is it fun to say, but cephalopod courtship is fascinating and bears similarities to the activities of amorous arachnids. Both normally employ modified appendages, we can even call them arms, to perform the […]

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Four British Finches

Charles Darwin Day

Happy Birthday Mr Darwin Today – 12th February is Darwin Day. This marks the birthday of and celebrates the discoveries of Naturalist Charles Darwin, born in 1809. Charles Darwin We love Charles Darwin here at Lifeforms. Like us he was interested in all life and was not a specialist in any field. He sailed on […]

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Fox

Encounters with a Fox

Fox News I tend to remain silent about most subjects, but when nature is mentioned I light up!  Christmas conversations for example, can pass me by, feasting, presents, shopping mayhem, even Santa, but mention reindeer and I’m away.  The Sentimental Naturalist As we are contributing to the extravaganza that is the Crafty Fox this weekend, […]

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