The Burying Beetle’s Guide to Parenting

Halloween is almost upon us, so The Nature Nook will be looking at creatures with more macabre and sinister behaviours than usual. We’ll be starting off proceedings with this insect, a burying beetle from the genus Nicrophorus. These fascinating little…
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British Wildlife of the Week: Bearded Tit

An animal’s name can often give you information about where the species can be found in the wild, what distinguishing features it might have and/or what family or genus it belongs to. The Himalayan red-flanked bush-robin, for example, provides all…
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Sloth: Life in the Slow Lane

The sloth is a candidate for nature’s most misunderstood animal. Saddled with a name that is also one of the Seven Deadly Sins, the world’s slowest-moving mammal has been eternally condemned for its lethargic lifestyle.
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Okapi: The African Unicorn

Deep in the dense tropical rainforests of the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, there lurks a very curious creature. With its long legs and predominantly dark brown coat of short fur, it looks, at first glance,…
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British Wildlife of the Week: Yellow-Tailed Scorpion

Wait, what? Scorpions in the UK? Surely not! Aren’t scorpions only found in hot, dry environments? Well, it’s certainly true that scorpion diversity is greatest in subtropical regions, but these tough little arachnids actually live on all major landmasses apart…
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What Animal Is It?

For a long time, it was believed that there were no venomous crustaceans in the world. Venom is common in many arthropods, including spiders, scorpions, centipedes and wasps, but of the approximately 70,000 species of crustacean, none were known to…
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British Wildlife of the Week (Special): Badger Culling

Today is National Badger Day – the perfect time to celebrate the UK’s largest living land carnivore. But although most people have a strong affection for this bumbling black-and-white creature, the badger is probably Britain’s most controversial mammal, commonly hitting…
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British Wildlife of the Week: Pheasant

Today is October 1, which means that the pheasant-shooting season has officially started. One of our most striking birds, the male common pheasant has coppery plumage, a bottle green head with blood-red face wattles, and a barred tail that’s as…
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Animal World Records: Largest Amphibian

For most animal species, it is hard for me to clearly remember when I saw one for the very first time. But there are some – often those that I find particularly interesting or memorable – that I can vividly…
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The Right Starter Pet for You? (Part 1): Rats

Typically speaking, I tend to avoid the phrase ‘starter pet’ as this indicates that there is any pet in this world that requires anything less than complete commitment, dedicated research, and specialist care. However, I will concede there are some…
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