Reforestation efforts are to be boosted in the Scottish Highlands using mushroom spores. The local spores, being used by Trees for Life – a conservation charity – will be used to improve the forest at the Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness. Trees and fungi have a 400 million year old mutual relationship, […]Read More Will a “Magical mushroom mixture” help to reforest the Highlands?
Spiders, scorpions and snakes strike fear into the hearts of many. Not only are many equipped with an intimidating bite or sting, many also have another weapon in their armoury – venom. It is this powerful biological substance that is the latest focus of the Natural History Museum at their exhibition – Venom: Killer and […]Read More Venom: Killer and Cure at the Natural History Museum
Dolphins are some of the most charismatic marine species found in the UK. These highly intelligent mammals capture human hearts and imaginations with their playful behaviour. They are known to leap out of the waves for sheer joy, and regularly “bow-ride” the waves at the front of boats. And right now, it’s good news for […]Read More Record numbers of common dolphin sightings off Scotland’s west coast
We’ve launched our first writing competition! Enter by 31 March to be in with your chance of winning! All entries will be judged by the New Nature team and award winning author Robert Macfarlane. Entry Criteria Pieces of work can be written in any style, but must be a maximum of 600 words and focus on the subject […]Read More New Nature 2018 Writing Competition!
The Mammal Society and A Focus on Nature have launched a 2018 challenge to record local mammals. The annual citizen science project provides students with an opportunity to find out more about the mammals on their doorstep. Wild mammals are extremely popular and charismatic. While they’re often hard to spot due to their shy natures […]Read More 2018 University Mammal Challenge
What even is change? Life changes all the time, our Earth, our system has been constantly in flux for centuries. Now let’s fast forward to 2017. Trump is president, Brexit is actually happening and Mexico gets hit not by one, but two earthquakes within a matter of days. Thousands of Rohingya refugees are streaming through […]Read More What is Change?
Over half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden. This hugely beneficial activity supplements the diet of many garden birds throughout the year. This is not only very satisfying to watch; it has a valuable knock-on effect on surrounding wildlife. One bird that does incredibly well as a result is the sparrowhawk. […]Read More The Sparrowhawk