Zoology

10 Amazing Animals You Can Spot in Ireland

January 23, 2017 2

While we might not have bears hibernating in our caves or packs of wolves roaming our countryside (anymore), Ireland has its fair share of spectacular wildlife, from the cute and cuddly to the downright awe-inspiring. […]

Zoology

Sex, Drugs and Falcons: The Illicit Falconry Trade

January 19, 2017 0

“Falconry” or “hawking” can be defined as the art and sport of hunting in a natural state with a trained bird of prey. Since 2010, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has […]

Zoology

Swanning Around: True Love and Rude Boats

January 17, 2017 0

Long story short: they aren’t mute, cygnets are adorable and swans are dinosaurs. Mute swans or Cygnus olor are interesting birds. Easy to identify due to their impressive size and pure white colour, they are […]

Zoology

The Diadema Dilemma

January 12, 2017 0

Could the spiny grazer be the saviour of the Caribbean coral reefs? Ah, the Caribbean! White, sandy beaches, warm waters, pirates and rum…  As a final year zoology student, I got an amazing chance to […]

Zoology

Venom Day, 2016

January 5, 2017 0

Recently on Friday 9th December I made my annual migration from Cambridge to Bangor in north-west Wales. For those of you who aren’t familiar with why I travel here each year – it’s Venom Day. […]

Zoology

Doubling the number of Wild Tigers by 2022

December 21, 2016 0

13 Tiger Countries have vowed to double the number of Wild tigers by 2022 but is it achievable? 100 years ago there were estimated to be over 100,000 tigers in the wild, however in recent […]

Zoology

Bumping into Gaboon Adders!

December 13, 2016 0

For years I had dreamt of seeing a Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica) out in the wild. It has to be one of the most beautiful snakes in the world! It captivates many, and sparks interest, […]

Zoology

Investigating a non-native species in Cambridge

December 1, 2016 0

It may surprise most people (especially the residents of Cambridge), that an isolated population of a non-native toad exists within the heart of the city. I’m not entirely sure how the toads became established as […]

Zoology

Ireland’s International Falconry Meet

November 28, 2016 0

This year Ireland hosted the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) Annual Council of Delegates meeting. The Irish Hawking Club was more than delighted to host the 47th Annual Council […]

Zoology

Sentinels of the South African Escarpment

November 18, 2016 3

Authors: Melanie Burke and Sandi Willows-Munro Are these bearded ‘giants’ being held captive by their genetics? My study focuses on elucidating whether these majestic birds are suffering the consequences of reduced genetic variation in comparison […]

Zoology

The Mystery of Migrating Bumblebees

November 3, 2016 2

Bumbling across the North Sea, the flight direction of bees could be more systematic than you might think. Will Hawkes contemplates a time when the geography of Europe was very different. On one of the […]

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