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Personal Log: Stardate 65010.3

July 18, 2011


My life as a student is officially over. My MSc thesis has been handed in and now I have a council tax bill to remind me that the hard protective shell of the student status egg  has been passed on to some unknown whippersnapper. I’d like to think that this means more time to frolic […]

Creating Real Estate for our Avain Friends

March 3, 2011


It’s not only humans that are struggling to find property in the economic downturn. Our avian friends are struggling too. Our love of over manicured gardens and woodlands together with making those long awaited home “improvements”, such as fitting new eves, leave little room for birds to establish nesting sites and can destroy ones that […]

British Butterflies: Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus)

February 13, 2011


Taxonomic classification Kingdom           Animalia Phylum             Arthropoda Class                Insecta Order                Lepidoptera Family               Papilionidae Genus               Papilio Species             machaon Subspecies:      britannicus Introduction Of the twelve European representatives of the family Papilionidae, Papilio machaon subsp. britannicus (Seitz, 1907; The British Swallowtail) is the only U.K. endemic1,2. P. machaon subsp. britannicus is not only the largest butterfly […]

An Ode to Wetlands

February 6, 2011


On February 2nd each year World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar, Iran, 1971). This year celebrated 40 years since the signing of the commonly termed Ramsar Convention and I’m ashamed to say it was all new to me. I’d known about Ramsar […]