Are you busy decking the halls with boughs of Holly this festive season? If so, you might wonder just why the prickliest of all of the evergreen trees has become one of the most popular at this time of year. And has it really been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth?
Tag: natural history
Cuckoo : Cheating By Nature
Over the centuries, the call of the Cuckoo has been celebrated as one of the first signs of Spring. Many will look forward to hearing it in the month ahead. Yet, the arrival of the Cuckoo also provokes mixed feelings. For a number of birds, the Cuckoo is the enemy who tricks them into raising […]
Polar Bears : the natural history of a threatened species
No animal is more symbolic of the Arctic than the Polar Bear. The Arctic is not a frozen wasteland to a polar bear; it is home, and a comfortable home at that. For thousands of years, the climate, the ice, and the seals upon which it feeds have shaped and finely tuned the evolution of […]