Wildlife, Woodland

A skull I found in the woods!

I was out clearing scrub in the woods the other day, when I stumbled upon skull! It was found amongst the decaying leaf litter, along with some other bones too. This tells us it must have died there or at least very nearby - so we're dealing with a woodland creature... Could you guess what animal it's from?

Conservation, Wildlife, Woodland

Goldeneye – a lichen to look out for!

Lichens are fantastic organisms that can tell us a lot about the environment in which they are found - or even where they are not! The Goldeneye lichen hasn't been found in Britain for about a century. Over the last few years it has began to re-colonise here, having been found at various locations along the south coast. Why has it come back?

Conservation, Heathland, Reptiles, Wildlife

Feeding little Sand Lizard hatchlings!

The UK has six native species of reptiles, two of which are extremely rare - the Smooth snake and the Sand lizard. These heathland inhabitants have had homes increasingly restricted and fragmented, resulting in their strict protection under UK and European Law. So when Avon Heath set up their Sand Lizard nursery, I jumped at the opportunity to see the hatchlings up close... 

Beachcombing, Seashore, Wildlife

Meet the deadly Portuguese Man O War!

Over the past couple weeks, record numbers of these curious creatures have been reported. Strong westerly winds have brought them from across the atlantic, so far washing up along our shorelines in the southwest. The news has been widely shared across the country,  so what's the fuss all about?