UK Nature

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.

The Long and Winding Road, Things I Saw in the Woods Today

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A favourite song of mine and for me the best interpretation of this ultra romantic tune is by George Michael. I used to joke about George being a bit accident prone on my radio show and must say that his ordeals, trials and tribulations in life have added a large dash of pathos to his style of singing.

Three False Male Myths Which Are Damaging to Us All

Nick Clements | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Boys and men are still being conditioned into thinking they are very different from women. The differences between the behaviour and the abilities of men and women are infinitesimal. They have so much more to do with conditioning and nurturing than physiology or nature.

A Journey Through the Great Gardens of Europe

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

Pounding the streets of Europe can take its toll on tourists, so if you're looking for a tranquil place to relax, take some time out in green spaces where nature can invigorate the body and the soul. The beautiful parks and gardens of Europe are a great way to mix history and leisure...

The Lost Art of Relaxation: The Importance of Skilfully Doing Nothing

Adrian Kowal | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Kowal

The concept and word for 'boredom' was only coined in the mid-1700s. Was this because none of our ancestors before this time experienced an uneasiness when faced with a few hours of no activity? When did we begin to experience restlessness when taking a break from everyday life?

Time Outdoors Should Be a Right for All Children

Kirsty Morrissey | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Morrissey

As the wealth gap grows, schools remain one of the few shared factors of the next generation. I think schools should be institutions of education but also a place of opportunity and equality. Governments should ensure time outside is incorporated into education to guarantee no child is denied the access to nature that is so essential for their development.

The Nature Dollar

David Bond | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

It's always nice to get a good review. Here at my production company Green Lions, we have just spent three years of our lives on a film, PROJECT WILD THING and it is gratifying to find out that people enjoyed it.

Sony World Photography Awards 2014: The Stunning Contenders So Far

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

There is exactly one month left to enter your photos into the Sony World Photography Awards, which has a number of categories from profession to amate...

Fly With Your Own Wings, Peaks and Troughs and How to Choose in a Perfect Situation

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Too much money and too much choice. Drugs feed off a rampant ego and an absence of self. The finger is too readily pointed at the drugs or the alcohol or the porn as being the destroyer but the truth is, we destroy our own lives.

The Best Things in Life Are Trees

David Bond | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

This week is the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week. Coordinated by the Tree Council, it marks the start of the winter tree planting season. There are events all over the country, bringing together community groups, schools, and conservation charities...

Are The Starlings Trying To Tell Us Something?

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

A beautiful murmuration of starlings above the small village of Rigg, near Gretna, in the Scottish Borders has left us bewildered. Are these common...

LOOK: Starlings Perform Spectacular Air Display

PA | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

Twitchers were treated when thousands of starlings performed a tea-time spectacular, forming shapes like dolphins, a huge gorilla and even, perhaps, a...

Welcome to the Zombie Crowd

David Bond | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

When should children be allowed onto Facebook? The site says it only accepts users over the age of 13. New research published this week by Internet security giant McAfee and the Anti-Bullying Alliance says that most children use the Internet away from their parents' watchful eyes (which I can quite understand).