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Here are some of the statements that jumped out at me from George Monbiot’s article ‘Housebroken‘. The remarkable collapse of children’s engagement with nature – which is even faster than the collapse of the natural world. In one generation the proportion of children regularly playing in wild places in the UK has fallen from over...
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A tiny toad and a MASSIVE FROG

Posted by on November 14, 2012
We found this little toad at Rodley Nature Reserve (see how cute a toad can be?) A few days later, we saw the second (it’s a goliath frog) at the fabulous Cambridge University Museum of Zoology. Dead, though, so I looked for a picture of a live one… Imagine having that on your lap! (c?.)
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Why I killed Herman

Posted by on November 12, 2012
I first encountered Herman when a ‘friend’ thrust an old margarine tub into my hands with an earnestness that should, in retrospect, have rung warning bells. The tub was full of a yeasty-smelling gloop covered in tiny layer of froth. ‘This is Herman,’ she said, handing me some instructions. ‘You must look after him or he...
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Went for bread, found a puffball

Posted by on November 9, 2012
  Just when you think your local shopping centre couldn’t be more predictable, a giant puffball inflates itself out of the ground.
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We saw a crow pecking vigorously at the hole in a brick – turns out there was an ants’ nest there. The ants were already swarming out and rescuing their precious eggs. We got close…
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Dunk

Posted by on November 8, 2012
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My ash tree!

Posted by on November 8, 2012
I heard on the news yesterday that ash dieback disease has now been found in Yorkshire. Oh no! Ash dieback has killed off up to 90% of ash trees in some countries.  From my desk, I can gaze out of my window at the magnificent ash tree in our garden. It’s probably well over 100 years, towering over the entire neighbourhood, probably some 50-60...
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