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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Garden Birds

Taking a look at garden birds

Nature on your doorstep As everything is a little topsy turvy right now and we’re all confined to our homes once again. We thought it would be fun to take a look at the nature on our doorstep. Where better to start than garden birds? We can all look out of our window and spy […]

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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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Talking turkey

Talking Turkey

All you ever need to know about Turkeys and much more! A Tale of Two Turkeys  It just so happens that I find myself working on two separate blogs about two separate birds with little, and yet also, somehow a lot, in common. Both found themselves on the stage that is human history but one […]

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on thin ice

On Thin Ice

Arctic Wildlife in the festive season Sing along with Bing… If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then there’s no better start I know  Than to raise awareness… for Arctic Wildlife… in… their dwindling world of snow  [And if you’re worried about global warming, with no ice and rising seas  You might find solace… to […]

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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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No to fast fashion

Fast Fashion Alternative

More art than fashion We started Lifeforms Art as an extension of our conservation work. We were looking for a way to spread the word about how amazing nature is and how we can all play a part in conservation. Initially, we looked at making 3 dimensional models/sculptures, like the ones Ian used to make […]

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celebrating seal pupping season

T-shirts to Celebrate Seal Pupping Season

It’s Seal pupping Season Seal pupping season is starting now and, to celebrate the event and to raise awareness, we’re releasing a new T-shirt JUST FOR NOW. Hey, if people in the tropics can roll plastic snow out onto their lawns for Christmas, then we can do this. The T-shirts will be available during seal pupping […]

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