UK Nature

'Children Need To Be Stung, Slimed And Scratched'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has spoken out against parents who stop their children interacting with nature, adding: "They have got to be stung, s...

Garden Capitalism

Tom Johnson | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Tom Johnson

It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.

How I Turned My Unhappy Past Into a Happy One

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I was brought up in an agnostic house- my parents were not particularly interested in religion and made it plain to us three children that we could do whatever we wanted. In a sense I am grateful to my parents who both came from relatively liberal families and were not that ingrained with God and the rest.

Guess What...Animals DO Have Emotions

Maria Senise | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Last year, while I was home alone, I had discovered something that sent a wave of shock through me. I had ventured into the basement for a work out when it was to my dismayed surprise that I noticed a very old robin stuck in our window well. I knew he was old because he he had grey tufts of hair surrounding his head like a halo, and the poor little guy didn't move very much.

9 Images Of Turkmenistan's 'Door To Hell'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

These remarkable pictures show a burning crater in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan, affectionately known by the locals as "the door t...

Mask-Making: The Revelation and the Freedom

Katherine Templar Lewis | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Templar Lewis

The anthropologist Rapport, who wrote extensively on ritual, noted that masks do not always disguise, they often transform and actually display identity. They "coordinate the iconicity, the signs of identity in any particular cultural context." Rather than conceal, they become an agent of revelation.

These Might Be The Five Coolest GIFs We've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Tech

GIFs can be used for just about anything - from endless clips of TV shows to picking your favourite Arnie moments. It can also be used for art, which ...

Fathers Day Without a Father

Jenny_Anderson | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny_Anderson

My dad died four years ago this August. I often think of him and especially so when important dates approach. Oddly, I think of him most around Fathers Day. I say oddly because I anticipated that his birthday, or the anniversary of his death, would impact me more. It doesn't

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Calming the Hell Down

Maria Senise | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

There I was, trying to practice mindfulness, when two birds flew out of nowhere and scared the shit out of me. I was sitting on the step to my patio when all of a sudden a frantic flurry of wing-flapping disturbed my inner peace.

Pyschoda Seeks Cuckoo Pint

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have observed the Cuckoo Pint for several years now. This year, the flowers appeared later than usual but were pollinated faster than 2013. The pollination of the flowers occurred in June last year and the fruit ripened in August. We are still in May and the flowers have been pollinated already.

A Short History of Nymphomania

Tate | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tate

Back in the 18th Century, spurred on by the term she'd inspired, the nymph had found fame. In 1784, Joshua Reynolds, the president of the Royal Academy, painted the provocative A Nymph and Cupid. Its reproductions sold widely - particularly to women...

In Times of Plenty

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

At this time of year, the woods are carpeted with seeds, millions of them. The seasons pass by so quickly and nature must sprint along to play catch up.

Fight, Flight or Tend and Befriend?

Nick Clements | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

A new theory is starting to gain strength in terms of our behavioural responses to threats. It stems from the difference in female and male response to stress. I think this new work strikes a very potent cord, and actually could be an important turning point in our connection to the world.

International Dawn Chorus Day

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

Dawn is accompanied by thousands of individual birds advertising their whereabouts and protecting their territories. Together this avian choir awakens the new day with birdsong. The time of the chorus varies around the world, from around 4 a.m. in northern temperate areas, 6 a.m. in the tropics, and as late as 8 a.m. in the southern hemisphere.

That Tree Is Someone's Home

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

At this time of year the birds are busy building and rebuilding their nests, rearing their young and are generally ravenous and noisy. Eastern philosophy teaches that it is important to provide food for the birds as a way of paying homage to the gods.

For My Dad: In Awe of Spring

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

England is on the verge of breaking into full spring at the moment; some trees are in full bloom, some are only halfway through while others are only just starting to show signs of life. Seeing the resilience and beauty of nature is reassuring and feels somehow symbolic of how my dad is willing me and my family to move through our still overwhelming grief.

Entrepreneurial Beekeeper Wears 45kg 'Bee Dress' To Promote Honey Business

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

What’s a beekeeper got to do to get some attention around here? Try wearing a “bee dress” – consisting of around 456,500 of the blighters....

Why Volunteers Are Vital to Conservation Research Projects

Frontier | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Frontier

When volunteers come out to conservation projects they like to get involved with surveys in the hope of seeing interesting animals. But volunteers don't always realise where the data they are helping to collect goes.

'Mini Saturn': This Asteroid Is So Massive It Has Its Own Ring System

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Tech

An asteroid orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus is girdled by two rings, scientists have learned. Previously only giant gas planets, most fa...

On Walking

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have solved all of my problems in life by walking. There is a Latin phrase for it: solvitur ambulando. It is solved by walking. Some may find it amusing or outlandish that problems can be solved by the humble stroll but consider this.

Debate: To Frack or Not to Frack?

Frontier | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Frontier

The announcement that Cuadrilla will sink two wells in Lancashire has reignited the debate on fracking, is it the solution to our energy problem or an environmental disaster waiting to happen?

Giant Hedgehog Invades London

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK

Giant hedgehogs have landed in London demanding the servitude of the human race. Not really. Standing at 7ft tall, 12ft long and 8ft wide, the p...

Top Five Myths of the Ivory Trade

Rob Brandford | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Rob Brandford

What if we told you that the wild African Elephant, a species so iconic to us all, might be extinct by 2025 and that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusks? Sadly, that's the bleak reality facing the species and its set to continue unless action is taken against the trade in ivory.

Keeping an Eye on Our Feathered Friends

Mike Collins | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

I'm no expert but the very wet and mild winter that we're having must be very confusing for our feathered friends. Their biological clocks will have started to tick early as they will be thinking that we're heading towards the first day of spring rather than being stuck still in the middle of winter. That's the beauty of nature: you don't need to be Sir David Attenborough to understand how the weather is affecting the natural world...

Brian Westby: A Review

Will Bordell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

It's a good job Forrest Reid didn't write to be famous. Almost seventy years after his death, his novels gather dust in libraries: unthumbed and unadmired. Highly thought of by friends like E.M. Forster and Walter de la Mare during his lifetime, the Ulster writer has since fallen into obscurity. Until now, that is.