• Figure 1. Slime mould photographed by Bernard Spragg [2]
    Research

    Physarum polycephalum – Slimy Yet Smart

    Slime mould (Physarum polycephalum) may sound disgusting, but by utilising its method of locomotion, we can plan out networks from highways to computer algorithms. Slime mould may not strike you as the kind of organism [...]
  • Birds 1: Microraptor
    Evolution

    Birds: A Colourful Past

    The colour displays of birds are one of the many wonders of the natural world. These displays are primarily involved in courtship behaviours by messaging reproductive fitness to potential mates. One of the more impressive [...]
  • Biodiversity

    All Aboard this Ecological Lifeboat

    Let’s talk about deadwood, in times gone by deadwood was often seen as a sign of poor forest management, something diseased to be gotten rid of. In actual fact, deadwood is an often overlooked haven [...]
  • Image of the Peyote cactus, Lophophora williamsii from Pixabay.com
    ID Guide

    The Peyote Cactus – Lophophora williamsii

    Having been known and written about since at least the sixteenth century, Lophophora williamsii is a cactus that lives in the Texan desert and is also native to South America. Within these regions, it’s fair [...]

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  • Physarum polycephalum – Slimy Yet Smart

    October 27, 2021 0
    Slime mould (Physarum polycephalum) may sound disgusting, but by utilising its method of locomotion, we can plan out networks from highways to computer algorithms. Slime mould may not strike you as the kind of organism [...]
  • Birds: A Colourful Past

    September 15, 2021 0
    The colour displays of birds are one of the many wonders of the natural world. These displays are primarily involved in courtship behaviours by messaging reproductive fitness to potential mates. One of the more impressive [...]
  • All Aboard this Ecological Lifeboat

    June 30, 2021 0
    Let’s talk about deadwood, in times gone by deadwood was often seen as a sign of poor forest management, something diseased to be gotten rid of. In actual fact, deadwood is an often overlooked haven [...]
  • The Peyote Cactus – Lophophora williamsii

    May 12, 2021 0
    Having been known and written about since at least the sixteenth century, Lophophora williamsii is a cactus that lives in the Texan desert and is also native to South America. Within these regions, it’s fair [...]
  • To be Jealous of a Goose: The Marvels of Migration

    April 29, 2021 0
    It’s a Strange Thing Being Jealous of a Goose It’s not a feeling I expected to have at this stage in my life, or at any stage in my life come to think of it. [...]
  • The Mandrake

    February 10, 2021 0

    Interest in the mandrake has grown recently, due to curiosity regarding organic plants, herbal healing, use in homoeopathy and folk medicine […]

  • 3 Incredible Wildlife Adaptations to Life in the Concrete Jungle

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    The rapid expansion of urban environments is something to behold, and it may be causing adaptations in the natural world in unexpected ways. It is clear to see that in recent decades urban areas have [...]
  • The Alluring Fly Agaric

    December 9, 2020 0

    The Fly Agaric, one of the most iconic, magical and frequently drawn fungi has been used throughout the ages for its hallucinogenic properties […]

  • Plant Crime: Mini-Ecosystems Under Threat

    August 6, 2020 2

    Poaching in combination with loss of habitat poses a huge threat to populations of both plants and animals particularly endangered species including the coast redwood. […]

  • Scaling down a Scaly Conflict

    July 8, 2020 0

    Australia is well known to support a diverse and large fauna of potentially deadly animals, and when people think about Australia it is only natural to think about snakes. […]

  • Counting Hedgehogs

    June 18, 2020 0
    Fig 1. A young hedgehog on its merry way (creative commons stock photos – Dreamstime.com CC0) It is fair to say that hedgehogs are one of our (Ireland’s) best-loved animals. While no such surveys have [...]
  • A short synopsis about frogs

    June 3, 2020 0
    Fig 1. A sketch of a poison arrow frog from the family Dendrobatidae @drawingsbygaul. Images shared with permission from artist Neil Gaul Frogs and toads play a wide variety of roles in ancient cultures, appearing in stories, [...]

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