Duck Duck Goose… and Lego! At WWT Slimbridge

White fronted goose - Anser albifrons

Last weekend I went to the World Wetland Trust’s (WWT) centre at Slimbridge. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but upon discovering that they have child-sized Lego animals and birds until September, I knew this…
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Interview with a crayfish – #30dayswild

"Austropotamobius italicus Dohlenkrebs" by Chucholl, Ch. - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

The white-claw is the only crayfish native to the UK. It lives in freshwater rivers and streams, and is seen as a “keystone species” due to its important at the centre of the food chain and as representatives of unpolluted…
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Quiz: Bumblebees! – #30dayswild

Bumblebees Emily Coyte Memetic Drift

Having finished Badgerlands, I’m now reading A Sting in the Tale, by Professor Dave Goulson who is also a bee researcher. This is part of #30dayswild and I do hope to finish it by the end of the month, but honestly…
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Interview with a barn owl – #30dayswild

Barn Owl "Female Barn Owl 2 (6942362843)" by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK - Female Barn Owl 2Uploaded by Magnus Manske. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

The barn owl couldn’t quite pip the robin to the post of Britain’s National Bird this year, but it’s still one of the nation’s favourite species. It’s not hard to see why, they are stunning birds. But what lies behind…
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Quiz: A Rainbow of Wildlife – #30dayswild

Rainbow "Goldammer Emberiza citrinella" by Andreas Trepte - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons -

Have you ever watched a nature documentary set in some exotic location and felt just a little bit jealous of the colour palette of their wildlife? Britain may not have the dazzling displays of the birds of paradise, or the…
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Interview with an adder – #30dayswild

Adder "Viperaberus1". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

A lot of people have issues with the poor old adder. Many are put off adders by the fact they are the only venomous snake in Britain. Others simply don’t like the glaring red eyes. And of course some people…
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Festival of Nature 2015: Roots and Soil Erosion

Festival of Nature 3D printing pen and root template Memetic Drift Emily Coyte

Seed lucky dips, 3D-printer pens, and Bill Oddie with a puffin. All in a day’s volunteering for the Festival of Nature 2015! Bristol’s Festival of Nature is the UK’s largest celebration of the natural world, and has recently spread over into Bath too….
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Quiz – Do you know your badger trivia? #30dayswild

Badger meles Emily Coyte Memetic Drift Wikimedia commons

I treated myself to a couple of nature books for #30dayswild, one of them being Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham. I wanted to understand more about these curious snuffling beasts and our interactions with them throughout history. The book is delivering…
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Interview with a Hedgehog – #30dayswild

BHPS British Hedgehog Preservation Society Emily Coyte Memetic Drift

There’s been a lot of talk about our wildlife during #30dayswild, but what do they have to say for themselves? With my recently acquired Babel fish, I’ve decided to interview some of Britain’s native wildlife throughout June. First up is a hedgehog! Here’s how…
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Birds of Britain Quiz – #30dayswild

Robin Memetic Drift Emily Coyte Wikipedia

Who is Britain’s favourite bird? In the 1960s, the people voted in the Robin as Britain’s National Bird. For the last fifty years, nothing has changed, as the title has been uncontested. This year David Lindo AKA the Urban Birder, decided it was time to…
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