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October 2015

The Giant Rats Helping To Clear Landmines

Wed 21st October 2015 (1 comment)
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In the aftermath of many wars including the Vietnam war in the late 1970s, much of the rural land in Cambodia still today is unusable due to the sheer number of unexploded land mines that are thought to be left hidden in the ground. In fact, around half of people there believe that land mines have restricted their livelihood in some way.

Detecting unexploded land mines is a dangerous and time-consuming task as every blip received by hand-held metal detectors has to be carefully examined. Dogs are often trained to help with the searches and although this is known to be an effective method, it is a costly process to both train and transport them.

Attenborough Nature Reserve

Mon 19th October 2015 (0 comments)

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Nottingham is one of the most well known cities in the United Kingdom having made it's name in earlier centuries in a similar way to others due to the important industries that set up and thrived there. However, it's location and relatively small size also means that there are little gems of pure nature that still remain.

Nestled between the suburb of Beeston and the city centre itself is the Attenborough Nature Reserve that centres around the River Trent and a number of it's tributaries. Wild orchids grow in the marshy verges and a wide variety of birds including herons can be easily spotted here on any given day.

Winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

Wed 14th October 2015 (0 comments)
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After months of careful judging the photo has been chosen to crown the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2015. At a ceremony held at the Natural History Museum in London (who organise the competition), Don Gutoski was named as this years winner out of 42,000 entries that were submitted from nearly 100 different countries.

The winning image known as "A Tale of Two Foxes" shows a red fox carrying the carcass of its smaller cousin the Arctic fox, following a brutal battle between the two animals at a national park in Canada. The area which mounts the shore of Hudson Bay, is one of the few areas where the territories of the two species overlap.

All About The Amazon

Mon 12th October 2015 (0 comments)
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The Amazon rainforest is the largest on Earth, covering around 40 percent of the South American continent there are parts of this monumental broadleaf forest in nine different countries which are Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. More than half of the Amazon rainforest (in fact 60 percent of it), is found spread across Brazil.

Covering most of the Amazon Basin throughout South America, the Amazon rainforest makes up half of the world's remaining rainforests and is home to the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest on the planet. There are estimated to be 16,000 different species of tree alone growing throughout its 5,500,000 square kilometres (2,100,000 sq miles) territory.

The World's Smallest Species

Wed 7th October 2015 (0 comments)
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Animals of all shapes, sizes and colour make our wondrous planet what it is. Without true biodiversity the world would be a very different place as all animal species each play a vital role in ensuring and maintaining successful and habitable eco-systems.

Most people could answer simple quiz questions about what the biggest animal species are as blue whales, anacondas and ostriches easily spring to mind. However, what about the smallest animal species? Their tiny size often means that they are less well known than the animals that claim the giant titles but they play just as an important role in making up our world as we know it.

The Importance Of Hedgerows

Mon 5th October 2015 (0 comments)
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Hedgerows are one of the most quintessential backdrops of the British countryside. Found lining roads, splitting up fields and bordering areas of woodland, parks and gardens you cannot go far in the UK without stumbling across many fine examples of these wonderful collections of plants.

Typically wild hedgerows are made up from numerous different species of plants from tree and bush species, to flowering plants and so-called weeds, the sheer diversity of plants in hedgerows are what makes them so spectacular to look at throughout the year. However, there is more to hedgerows than just being large collections of border plants as they are also vital to local wildlife.