Monthly Archive: December 2017

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Ivy “bears the crown!”

In the olden days before the invention of fairy lights and sparkly decorations, people adorned their homes for Christmas with greenery- traditionally swathes of holly, mistletoe and ivy, all evergreen and all with berries,...

Wrybill 0

Wrybills of New Zealand

A recent newspaper article described how research into the feeding habits of the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale, has shown that when pursuing krill, the small crustaceans on which they feed, most...

Red squirrel 0

Birds and Red Squirrels of the YDNP

Why would farmers in the Dales opt for less cost-effective options for cutting their hay meadows? Because they have bought into the Agri-environmental scheme operated within the National Parks and wish to conserve species...

Pine marten 0

Yorkshire pine marten

I am very lucky to have family living in the wilds: sister beside Loch Fyne, stepson in the Snowdonia National Park. It’s more of an effort now to visit them, but they send me...