Posts in 'encounters with nature'

Inspired by an octopus

Inspired by an Octopus

Creating Octagopus!  This is the tale of Octagopus and how the image inspired by an octopus, came to be.  Octagopus is probably our most popular image after Curly. I may have to enter a sort of whimsy-world to describe her in an entertaining way. So here we go…  She was waiting in my head to […]

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echinoderms

Echinoderms

An introduction to echinoderms and their weird and wonderful lives. Have you ever lost touch with a relative? It’s a rhetorical question really because you and I are related but our ancestors lost touch hundreds or even thousands of years ago. It is, in biological terms, meant to happen, we are made both to disperse […]

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a celebration of seal pups

A Celebration Of Seal Pup Season

Spotting A Seal Pup – A Treat Like Christmas We’ve blogged about seals before but it seems there is always a bit more to say and seal pupping season comes round each year just like Christmas with snowy white seal pup and shingle swells.  Earlier this year too we had the treat of Wally the […]

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Wasp hornet and honey bees

Wonderful Wasps

Don’t let wasps ruin the end of your summer Summery weather makes us want to be outdoors but, as the season progresses some of us are pestered or terrorised by little black and yellow beings who seem intent on spoiling our fun. It is all a misunderstanding though, wasps are our allies and they are […]

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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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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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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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Long eared bat

Flying Mammals – ho ho ho

Bats Arrr, (I utter the sound affectionately) bats. Bats, bats, bats.  I don’t pretend to understand bats and have no ambition to fathom out their World, their Umwelt.  But (or perhaps ‘bat’ in the Queen’s English), I have loved and been fascinated by bats for almost as long as I can remember. I say almost […]

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