A recent article in the Independent suggests that as a direct result of Brexit, it will no longer be legal to rehabilitate and release grey squirrels and muntjac deer. This change in regulations means that any rescued individuals will have to be euthanised. This is not always the case under current regulations, as at the … Continue reading A Brexit Death Sentence for Grey Squirrels and Muntjac Deer?
When an animal is exposed to a stress, it produces hormones that elevate its blood pressure, allowing it to quickly respond in a "fight-or-flight" scenario. When these hormones are produced in a pregnant female, they can be transferred to the foetus, changing the environment in which the embryo develops, therefore causing physiological and behavioural changes … Continue reading The Effects of Maternal Stress on Zebrafish and their Offspring
People seem to love bees but hate wasps, so why is there a difference in perception between the two? If I had a penny for every time I heard the question "what's the point of wasps?" I'd have at least enough money to buy a Freddo (well, back in the good old days of cheap … Continue reading In Defence of Wasps
With Christmas just around the corner, and the UK having its first snow of the season this weekend (although it was torrential rain for most!), I thought now would be the perfect time to write about the weather that excites me the most. I've always been fascinated by snow. As a child, the sight of … Continue reading Snow – Perfect Weather for Wildlife Watching
In the UK butterflies are synonymous with hot summer's days with plenty of sunshine. To sit and watch such beautifully coloured insects flit from flower to flower is a true delight of the British summer. It may surprise you then, that Britain is also home to one species of butterfly that prefers a harder life. … Continue reading The Mountain Ringlet – Britain’s Toughest Butterfly
The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, is found on a select few Indonesian islands in the Komodo National Park, and on Western Flores. With a maximum length of three metres, the dragons can tackle prey much larger than itself, including pigs, deer, and water buffalo. But this giant lizard doesn't just have size on … Continue reading In the Realm of Dragons -A Trip to Komodo
Hi there, I've had some fantastic experiences with wildlife and the natural world, and have decided it's time for me to share some of my best (and worst) experiences, in the hope that it may interest, entertain, and maybe even inspire others. I haven't quite got to grips with the whole thing yet, but once … Continue reading Tentative Steps