The Nature Nook http://naturenook.co.uk Ethical Pet Suppliers Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:29:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 http://naturenook.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/cropped-Close-up-of-Bonnies-face-3-32x32.jpg The Nature Nook http://naturenook.co.uk 32 32 180700134 Sea Otters: Back From the Brink http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/18/sea-otters-back-from-the-brink/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sea-otters-back-from-the-brink http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/18/sea-otters-back-from-the-brink/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:29:13 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2914 Last week, Alex and I were in Birmingham and we decided to visit the National SEA LIFE Centre. Originally, we weren’t even scheduled to go there – but then we learned that it had recently become the home of the UK’s first – and only – pair of sea otters.

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British Wildlife of the Week: Hazel Dormouse http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/16/british-wildlife-of-the-week-hazel-dormouse/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=british-wildlife-of-the-week-hazel-dormouse http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/16/british-wildlife-of-the-week-hazel-dormouse/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:14:47 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=3139 The dormouse has a famously sleepy disposition. It's an image that was cemented over 150 years ago when a very tired dormouse appeared in the well-known tea-party scene in Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. And unlike many animal reputations worldwide, this one doesn't need exaggerating. No other British mammal sleeps for such a high proportion of the time – it can spend over half of the year asleep, from October through to April or May.

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The Sixth Extinction http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/13/the-sixth-extinction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-sixth-extinction http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/13/the-sixth-extinction/#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:33:11 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=3011 Everyone’s favourite naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, returns to our screens tonight with a brand-new one-off documentary. Called Extinction: The Facts (a follow-up to last year’s Climate Change: The Facts), it will look at how human overpopulation, rampant over-consumption, the illegal wildlife trade, climate change, overfishing, pollution and land-use change are all driving the loss of biodiversity across the world.

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British Wildlife of the Week: Sunfish http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/11/british-wildlife-of-the-week-sunfish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=british-wildlife-of-the-week-sunfish http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/11/british-wildlife-of-the-week-sunfish/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:24:37 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2842 Large, lazy and very strange-looking – meet the ocean sunfish. This extraordinary animal is certainly very peculiarly-proportioned. Tall but vertically flattened, with a pale, circular body that seems to end abruptly behind its huge dorsal and anal fins, the sunfish almost looks as though it is simply a massive severed head with a short, frilly tail attached.

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Why it’s Important to Weigh Your Pet http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/09/why-its-important-to-weigh-your-pet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-its-important-to-weigh-your-pet http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/09/why-its-important-to-weigh-your-pet/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:36:48 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2264 Predator and prey animals are in what is known as an ‘evolutionary arms race’. This means that while prey animals are constantly evolving new traits to avoid being eaten, predators are actively evolving traits that help them overcome the tactics of their quarries. That said, prey must always stay one step ahead of predators to maintain the natural balance.

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Rainbow Cliffs: Why Parrots in the Amazon Eat Clay http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/05/rainbow-cliffs-why-parrots-in-the-amazon-eat-clay/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rainbow-cliffs-why-parrots-in-the-amazon-eat-clay http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/05/rainbow-cliffs-why-parrots-in-the-amazon-eat-clay/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2020 08:49:34 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2887 Our world holds a whole host of glorious natural spectacles, from great starling murmurations to the ethereal display of coral reef spawning. But to me, none is more thrilling than catching a glimpse of the majestic macaw. Screeching their way through the Amazon rainforest, leaving scattered fruit, broken branches, and a considerable quantity of parrot poop in their wake, parrots are simply animals like no other. But high in the treetops, flying far above the dense, dark foliage below, how can you ensure that you see their bright colours?

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Amazon Fires: Why is the Rainforest Burning? http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/05/amazon-fires-why-is-the-rainforest-burning/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amazon-fires-why-is-the-rainforest-burning http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/05/amazon-fires-why-is-the-rainforest-burning/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2020 08:31:00 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2484 Back before COVID-19 dominated the headlines, before even the massive fires in Australia destroyed thousands of homes and killed billions of animals, another part of the world was burning. I can still remember seeing, on an online news article almost exactly a year ago, in August 2019, the almost apocalyptic images of huge fires devastating the Amazon rainforest. Smoke from the blaze, the article stated,

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What Animal Is It? http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/05/what-animal-is-it-amazon-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-animal-is-it-amazon-day http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/05/what-animal-is-it-amazon-day/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2020 06:52:00 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2492 Today is Amazon Day and The Nature Nook will be releasing a number of Amazon-related articles. Just to clarify, we aren't celebrating the world's largest online marketplace – but we are celebrating the world's largest rainforest. Today's What Animal Is It? features a bird that not only lives in the Amazon, but – potential spoilers ahead – also has the word 'Amazon' in its name.

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British Wildlife of the Week: Aquatic Warbler http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/02/british-wildlife-of-the-week-aquatic-warbler/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=british-wildlife-of-the-week-aquatic-warbler http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/09/02/british-wildlife-of-the-week-aquatic-warbler/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2585 In global terms, the rarest bird you stand a chance of realistically seeing in the wild in the British Isles is the aquatic warbler. Even then, you need to be in the right place at the right time and have a bit of luck on your side, because the aquatic warbler doesn’t breed here, or even spend the winter – it is only a rare passage migrant to our shores.

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Animal World Records: Biggest Fish http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/08/30/animal-world-records-biggest-fish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=animal-world-records-biggest-fish http://naturenook.co.uk/2020/08/30/animal-world-records-biggest-fish/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000 http://naturenook.co.uk/?p=2599 To celebrate International Whale Shark Day, The Nature Nook will be taking a brief look at these amazing aquatic leviathans. Not only is the whale shark the biggest species of shark in the world, it also happens to be the biggest of all the planet’s approximately 34,000 species of fish and the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate. Capable of reaching 12 m in length – double that of a great white shark – and weighing up to 21 tonnes, the whale shark easily rivals many prehistoric dinosaurs in size. In the modern era, only a few whales grow larger.

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