Red Frogs

Like many animals, common frogs exist in a range of different colour forms. Typically green or brown in colour, one also may see bright yellow/green versions and also some orange/red specimens. Nobody seems totally sure whether this is due to genetic variations or differences in habitat or diet but I think the picture above illustrates … Read more

Butterfly Conservation Needs Your Help

I just received a flyer from Butterfly Conservation (of which I am a member) with some pretty stark news. Butterfly Conservation runs the largest butterfly recording scheme in the world – a project that is essential for conservation monitoring. Unfortunately it seems that Butterfly Conservation, like so many other charities, has been severely hit by … Read more

How To Take Part In UK Wildlife Surveys

If you’re a wildlife fanatic and spend some of your time in the great outdoors enjoying all the plants and animals it has to offer, were you aware that your activities could be put to excellent use by a range of scientists? Many biologists rely on the observations of people like you and me to … Read more

Dunnocks (Prunella modularis)

The dunnock (Prunella modularis) is a reasonably common bird in the UK though it’s shyness can mean fewer people see this species than perhaps could. Initially looking rather a drab grey and brown bird, a closer inspection reveals beautiful, subtle colouration. Appearance: The adult dunnock has a finely mottled brown body with a mainly grey … Read more

Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major)

Whilst superficially resembling the lesser spotted woodpecker this species is far more likely to be seen. Not only is it larger and far more common but the rump is a right, bright scarlet which is typically missing in the other species. Appearance: The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a smart-looking bird with mottled black … Read more