ID Guide

Things to watch out for this month: The Snowdrop

March 5, 2018 0

One of Ireland’s most distinctive flowers, the snowdrop is often the first flower to appear in the year. Like many over-wintering bulbs the snowdrop requires a period of sharp cold in order to germinate correctly. […]

Scottish Dragons: Pete Minting presenting some of the fantastic work being done in Scotland on Great Crested Newts. (Photo Steven Allian)
Zoology

Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2018

February 15, 2018 0

Every year, just like their amphibian counterparts, the herpetologists of the UK prepare themselves for their annual migration in early-mid February. Around 200 students, academics, practitioners and other such people attend the Herpetofauna Workers Meeting. […]

The ash-back slug Limax cinereoniger is the largest slug on Earth and reaches a maximum body length of 20cm. The one pictured above is perhaps less than half of its potential size. Irish populations are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to extinction under IUCN assessment criteria [5], with declines attributed to forestry practices. (Photo: Aidan O’Hanlon©)
Conservation

Defending the small and slimy

February 7, 2018 0

The worrying decline of many of Earths charismatic vertebrates has been reasonably well documented and highlighted by the popular media. Ecologists are acutely aware of the plight of beautiful animals such as polar bears, dolphins, […]

Conservation

Born(eo) to be Wild

January 31, 2018 0

Borneo; the world’s third largest island harbouring species rich rainforest, estimated to be at least 130 million years old, home to around 100 endemic animal species alongside 6000 endemic plant species. Yet still new species […]

Rediscovering the Cave Squeaker, a long-lost frog
Zoology

Rediscovering the Cave Squeaker, a long-lost frog

January 17, 2018 0

Robert Hopkins, a researcher at the Zimbabwe Museum of Natural History, had been wanting to find the mysterious Cave Squeaker (or Chimanimani Squeaker) in the Chimanimani highlands of eastern Zimbabwe, for a very long time. […]

Lauren Lewis, 2017. 14 critically endangered slow lorises rescued from exotic pet trade.
Conservation

To Trade or Not to Trade

January 16, 2018 0

     The rise of exotic animal trade, both pets and parts, is a global phenomenon that has received plenty of media coverage in the last few years. The fact that wild animals and their by-products […]

Zoology

My experience with the Cobras of Durban

January 8, 2018 0

There are around three and a half million people living in the Greater Durban Area, South Africa. Nestled amongst many of the suburbs surrounding the city, are a number of nature reserve, conservancies and green […]

Zoology

Venom Day 2017

November 28, 2017 0

It was that time again, for a large number of herpetologists to clog up the roads and public transport to head to north-west Wales for a single day conference. On the 18th November around 150 […]

Zoology

How animals see the world

November 8, 2017 0

The human eye is pretty amazing, but there are also plenty of things we can’t see. Our animal friends can help open our eyes to the possibilities beyond what we see. Find out what the world looks like to them. […]

Forever young! An individual smooth newt demonstrating Paedomorphism.
Zoology

Amphibians in Neverland

October 25, 2017 0

Some amphibians stay in an eternal state of childhood much like the fictional character Peter Pan, this is known as paedomorphosis (‘child form’) and is only exhibited in newts and salamanders. I’m sure that most […]

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