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Stowaways in potted plants

Potted plants can seem so benign. Beautiful, fascinating, good to grow and give, but they may carry invasive species which are not benign. Tom Bawden at The Independent tells us about invasive species reaching Europe, including the New Guinea flatworm … Continue reading

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Poisoning rare birds

In one area of the Scottish Highlands, somebody has been poisoning buzzards (Buteo buteo) and red kites (Milvus milvus). Police are searching for the criminal.

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Tyto alba

Originally posted on The Naturephile:
A few posts ago in ‘The Owl and the Woodpecker‘ I mentioned that a pair of robins may have started getting fruity in my garden as early as the begining of January. And then last…

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Save Britain’s Barn Owls

Originally posted on Green Living London:
A petition has been launched to save Britain’s Barn Owls, which are dying off in their thousands. The changing climate and a loss in their natural habitat is part of the picture, but these iconic…

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Rookes, Crowes and Choughes

Originally posted on The Naturephile:
‘If men had wings and black feathers, few of them would ever be clever enough to be crows’ Henry Ward Beecher Clergyman, wit and abolitionist I’m incarcerated at home at the moment, having been laid…

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Has the red kite become a pest?

Here in Britain the red kite (Milvus milvus) was hunted almost to extinction. In the 16th century it was classed as vermin, supposedly a threat to agriculture. A few centuries later, along came gamekeepers whose job was (and still is) … Continue reading

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Leave Them Bee- The Honeybees That Fearfully Avoid Hornets

Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:
Vespa velutina, a species of hornet that preys on honey bees © Daniel Solabarrieta CC-BY-SA 2.0 In bees, fear is shown through avoiding dangerous food sites, thereby reducing the pollination of plants at the…

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