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April 2015

Where Food Comes From

Thu 30th April 2015 (0 comments)
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With globalisation and a high demand for products all year round, much of the food in the UK is now imported from other countries all around the world. In ancient times, people would have eaten off the land so their diets would have been very seasonal, eating root vegetables in the cooler months and feasting on juicy fruits and vibrant berries when the weather is warmer.

The same would have applied for fish and meat as some animals hibernate throughout the winter where others may disappear completely, migrating to warmer regions further south until the spring arrives. Mating and birthing seasons in the animal kingdom would also have had an enormous impact on people's seasonal diets, where produce would be almost entirely grown or hunted very locally.

RSPB Woodland Biodiversity Project

Tue 28th April 2015 (0 comments)
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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has been involved in setting up and fund-raising for numerous projects throughout the UK for years, with the aim to help slow down the rate of decline in bird species and other animals too, whilst also helping to maintain and protect their habitats.

One of their latest ventures is the Woodland Biodiversity Project which aims to kick-start the appropriate management of woodland areas so that owners can continue to manage them effectively in the future. Along with giving advice to owners on how to manage their land to benefit local wildlife, the RSPB are also assisting owners with Forestry Commission grants that are available.

Adelie Penguin Information

Thu 23rd April 2015 (0 comments)
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The Adelie Penguin is the smallest and most widely distributed species of Penguin in the Southern Ocean and is one of only two species of Penguin found on the Antarctic mainland (the other being the much larger Emperor Penguin). The Adelie Penguin was named in 1840 by French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville who named the Penguin for his wife, Adelie. Adelie Penguins have adapted well to life in the Antarctic as these migratory Birds winter in the northern pack-ice before returning south to the Antarctic coast for the warmer summer months.

The Adelie Penguin is one of the most easily identifiable Penguin species with a blue-black back and completely white chest and belly. The head and beak of the Adelie Penguin are both black, with a distinctive white ring around each eye. The strong, pink feet of the Adelie Penguin are tough and bumpy with nails that not only aid the Adelie Penguin in climbing the rocky cliffs to reach its nesting grounds, but also help to push them along when they are sliding (rowing) along the ice. Adelie Penguins also use their webbed feet along with their small flippers to propel them along when swimming in the cold waters.

All About Milk

Tue 21st April 2015 (0 comments)
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Fresh milk and other dairy products are one of the definitions of the average British diet, and over the years the UK has managed to both produce and manufacture milk in the most efficient ways using increasing technology. However, with nearly every British household having milk and other dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and cream on their daily shopping list, how can we meet the demand for this highly sought after food group?

Well, it all starts with the farmers of dairy cows. Dairy farms range in size from small scale to large and extensive ventures where cows can be farmed from having massive areas of grazing outdoors, to miles of sheds where they are kept exclusively. However, despite the size of the operation and whether animals are outdoor or indoor reared, the biggest concerns for farmers are the health and welfare of the cows.

What Are Habitats?

Thu 16th April 2015 (0 comments)
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A habitat is the immediate environment in which a living organism (an animal or plant), exists. A habitat can exist in any size and can even be as small as a rock pool or a log that is decaying on the forest floor. The word habitat however, generally refers to the grouping of animals and plants, together with their surroundings. Habitats contain both living organisms and non-living objects and can contain anywhere from just a few species to thousands of them, all coexisting in a very small space.

Habitats are constantly changing due to bursting rivers, fires, storms and changes in climate. Animal species are often capable of adapting to their altered surroundings although some species of animal require very specific conditions in order to survive. Ice ages come and go, taking life with them and forcing animals into areas which they previously would not of inhabited. In the modern world, natural climate change is accelerated by the levels of pollution that are produced from the burning of fossil fuels by people, which is speeding up the naturally occurring climatic changes.

Flowers Of Borneo

Tue 14th April 2015 (0 comments)
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Borneo is the third largest island in the world and located very close to the equator. It is well known to many as a place where unique animals are found including orangutans and proboscis monkeys and a rich diversity of habitats that are bursting with life and provide the islands inhabitants with the perfect places for which to live (most notably, the large swathes of pristine rainforest).

Although the extent of the native wildlife is known to many, the plant species are often overlooked but they too are often unique to the island and number into the thousands. Carnivorous plants, mangroves and the largest flower in the world are all found growing in and making up the lush forests and there are also many species of beautiful smaller flowers that can be found here, some of which resemble blooms that we can identify with and others that are very peculiar indeed.

How To Keep Your Horse Healthy

Thu 9th April 2015 (0 comments)
Having a horse at home is a great responsibility. The social animals that they are, they require a lot of care, attention and the company of people and other horses to keep from getting bored and restless. Grooming time is an excellent opportunity for you to bond with your horse and to start developing a long and lasting relationship between the two of you. The more time you spend with your horse, the deeper the bond will be.

For some excellent tips on how to care for your equine friend and keep it happy and healthy, have a look at the infographic below from Animal Health Company.

The Environmental Impact Of Toilet Roll

Tue 7th April 2015 (0 comments)
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Every supermarket has a whole aisle dedicated to it, and every shopping list has it on somewhere. Toilet roll is an everyday commodity that most people in the world see as a necessity rather than a luxury, but how many of us think about what impact having such a basic convenience is having on the increasingly fragile planet in which we live?

With such a high consumption of toilet roll in the world today, some environmental campaigners now believe that the use of toilet roll is causing more damage to our environment than large SUVs, energy-guzzling mansions and fast food chains which is something that none of us would believe for a second. But, it is scarily true!

Easter Bunnies

Thu 2nd April 2015 (0 comments)
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Easter is this coming weekend and as everyone knows, it is a Christian holiday remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus. But why at this time of year have animals such as lambs, chicks and most famously rabbits, become such iconic symbols of Easter?

Although its exact origins are not completely clear, the story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common during the 1800s. At this time of year, rabbits give birth to large litters of babies and so have become a symbol of new life at the start of spring. The decorating and hiding of eggs by the Easter Bunny is also a symbol of new life.