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Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches

Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches Burnham Beeches had been pretty...
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Call Out for Sci-fi / Speculative Poetry & Fiction Inspired by Endangered Species!

  Call out for Sci-Fi/Speculative Poetry and Fiction Inspired by...
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Chequered Skipper Caterpillar Find!

Chequered Skipper caterpillar find! Over the last couple of years,...
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Barberry (Carpet Moth) Blog Spot!

Barberry Carpet Blog Again I am long overdue an update,...
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Small Flowered Catchfly – Guest Blog

Small Flowered Catchfly Primarily focused on attracting dog walkers to...
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Weeds or the Key to Survival? – Guest Blog

Arable plants: weeds, or the key to the survival of...
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Working with Arable Plants – Guest Blog

Working with Arable Plants – Guest Blog  Walking along a...
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Dream of a Field Cricket

  It was one of those typically warm and lazy...
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Wax-zine Lyrical in Victory Wood about the Shrill Carder Bee!

Wax-zine lyrical about the Shrill Carder Bee I was fortunate...
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Willow Tit – Trainee Conservationist!

Willow Tit -Trainee Conservationist! Even as a child I’ve always...
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Lesser Butterfly Orchid – Project Update

Lesser Butterfly Orchid project update It’s been a busy season...
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Veteran Trees and Their Importance to Bats

Veteran trees and their importance to bats Veteran trees are...
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Ryedale Farm Museum – Art Event!

COLOUR IN THE MARGINS - Ryedale Farm Museum Porcelain Flowers with...
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Arty Gems in the Dunes!

Outdoor Art in the Dunes Sarah Jane Richards on Painting...
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Records in the Field 🌼Includes App Download 🌼

  Did you know that if you are out in...
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Roots of Rockingham School Workshops – The First Chapter!

Following the successful reintroduction of the Chequered Skipper to the...
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We are fans of the forest!

  One of my favourite things to do is walk...
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Limestone’s Living Legacies – Highlights of the past year

One of the things I enjoy most about our Back...
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Biodiversity and the Grey Long-eared Bat

Our climate is changing. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that...
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Over the brink in the Brecks

Over the Brink in the Brecks! When we think of...
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Spotty Chequered Skippers!

Spotty Chequered Skippers! Following the announcement of our news about...
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Arable Memories – Lost Flowers!

Not only have we lost the flowers … My mother...
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Brome, Interrupted

Brome, Interrupted! Trying to conserve a species of grass doesn’t...
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The Perfect Pond!

The Perfect Pond! What a difference a year makes –...
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The Chequered Skipper Flies Again!

The Chequered Skipper Flies Again! Seeing Chequered Skippers flying once...
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Field Cricket Poem

Field Cricket Poem   Lonely, birch tree Dead Bleached bones...
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Out for the Count – Field Cricket Flash Back!

Out for the Count – A Flashback to the Field...
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Mosey in the Margins at South Down Farm

Mosey in the Margins at South Down Farm On the...
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Yellow Centaury Blog!

The Yellow Centaury Plant Yellow Centaury, one of the species...
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Forest Bathing!

Dipping my Toes into Forest Bathing Most of us that...
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Chequered Skipper Success!

A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English...
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Pale Dog Violet Brought Back from the Brink on Dorset’s Heaths

Pale Dog Violet The scintillating sight of the milky-white petals...
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Surveying of Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita)

The awesomeness of Volunteers

  Thousands of people give their time to save endangered...
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Protecting the Stone-Curlew in Wessex

  As an integrated project, Colour in the Margins aims...
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My Relationship With the Arable Landscape

  I’m not going to lie, before I applied for...
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Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail project at Pulborough Brooks

Back from the Brink is an ambitious programme of work...
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Dream of a Field Cricket

For an insect that spends almost all of its time...
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Pasqueflowers

Legend has it that the Pasqueflower comes into bloom on...
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Creating Foraging Habits of the Future Part 2

Moving into spring - an update from the Grey Long-Eared...
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A Busy Barberry Winter…

An update is long overdue but I am finally managing...
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Great news for the Narrow-headed Ant!

Winter = staying snug indoors in the nest, stockpiling resources,...
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I’m Livin’ in a Box – Artificial Habitats for Beetles

One of the key research themes within the Sustainability Research...
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Partnership working

Conservation is all about partnership.Without the exchange of knowledge, experience...
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Update on the Shrill Carder Bee

Hints of spring are in the air... Bulbs are peeking...
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The Woodlark

Chances are, if you’ve been walking through Southern heathland on...
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The Breckland Wormwood

An update on Shifting Sands’ work to save the endangered...
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The secret world of spiders!

Web Blog- No Pun intended! #lovespiders “Fallen in love again...”...
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Colouring in the Margins, with words…

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with the...
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Meet Heath!

  Meet Heath!   Heath is an incredibly accurate representation...
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Update from Limestone’s Living Legacies

Since our Back from the Brink project started in summer...
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Looking back at our model-making workshop…

Chris' sculptural workshops took place last week at a local...
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Preparations of a Sculptor

Given the microscopic scale of many of these Breckland species,...
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Winter Stubble

On a frosty morning, in the strange “limbo” week between...
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The march of the Field Cricket

Having heard from Sir Sebastian Anstruther about the conservation of...
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Community Arts Diary

I'm standing in a park with my hand on a...
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Community Artist Call-out!

Back from the Brink needs YOU! We're looking for 5...
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Gems of 2018

When I tried to pick out one thing to focus...
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The journey of a Cabinet of Curiosity…

The Shifting Sands project is based within the ‘broken lands’...
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An Industrious Bird in a Post-Industrial Land

In the heart of a post-industrial landscape, a burnt-out car...
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January update on the Black-tailed Godwit

This time of year is one of the best times...
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The Brecks’ Bunnies!

Hi! My name is Pip, I’ve been the Keystone Species...
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Breckland wildflowers…

Since the middle of last year I’ve been volunteering with...
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Creating foraging habitats for the future!

As we move from autumn to winter, temperatures drop and...
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The Great English Juniper Revival?

Gin lovers rejoice this Christmas! For Juniper, our native aromatic...
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The diary of an artist

On the 9th of December, Amanda - our Back from...
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Looking back – the Pine Marten project

Well, what a year it’s been with our first confirmed...
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In search of the Harvest Mouse…

Walking in the footsteps of Gilbert White, the Ranscombe Farm...
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Dorset’s Heathland Heart – a volunteer’s view

Hi, my name is Lydia and I am the Communications...
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The Brecks – a volunteer’s story

I am a mature student studying for a Foundation Degree...
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Update on the Shrill Carder Bee

Moving into the cooler days of Autumn and pulling on...
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Barberry plants a plenty!

I’ve got a lot to update you on since my...
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The search for Red Hemp-nettle!

This September, the Colour in the Margins Team were joined...
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The Landowners Tale

Ever wondered where the last population of Field Crickets in...
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Dorset’s Reptiles!

The heart of Dorset’s heathland is the perfect habitat for...
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A surveyor’s view

Autumn is here, and it’s time to see how the...
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“Have you lost something?”

“Have you lost something?” It's a question I hear surprisingly...
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The Dorset Heaths And Beyond!

With the summer drawing to a close, now seemed like...
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Swapping the Lecture Theatre for the Forest

Enhancing Uni Studies and career development with the VWT and...
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The Latest Lowdown on Limestone Living Legacies

It’s been a very busy few months for Limestone’s Living...
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Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah

It’s been a whirlwind three months since we wrapped up...
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Summer update on the Chequered Skipper

It’s been almost three months since the Chequered Skipper butterfly...
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The complex life of a Narrow-Headed Ant

The fact is we know next to nothing. Now is...
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The art of stealth and the evolution of the ambush

There is a nocturnal arms race taking place above our...
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Seeds through an eye glass: A Volunteer Perspective

As part of our Colour in the Margins project, Kew...
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Securing our seeds: in the bag!

Every seed is different, containing a unique package of genetic...
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A look back at June…What a month!

I can’t believe it’s already July… Time is flying by...
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Opportunity to work with Colour in the Margins

We have an incredible opportunity to get involved with Back...
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Natterjacks, Petalwort and custard creams!

Tuesday 19th June saw a large party of us (volunteers)...
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Heathland Safari with the Field Cricket!

We are now into the Field Cricket monitoring period! Following...
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Opportunity to work with BftB!

We have an incredible opportunity for the creatives out there...
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The reintroduction of the Chequered Skipper

My name is Jamie Wildman and I am a PhD...
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The Lateset Lowdown on Shifting Sands

 There's loads going on here in the Brecks - we...
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Filming the Pine Marten – a volunteers view.

The Back from the Brink Pine Marten project is the...
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Here comes the sun!

At the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB)  we grow our seedlings...
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Night-time Barberry encounters

As I was travelling down to the Dorset colony area...
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May – in a nutshell!

I’ve never seen a Chequered Skipper before. But May was...
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Update for the Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail

It’s now spring and the Lapwing and Redshank are busy...
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Pollarding

Pollarding tress: "the cyclical removal of tree growth above 2...
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Barberry a plenty

We are getting towards an exciting time of the year...
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Memories of the Chequered Skipper Butterfly

Can I write a short blog on my childhood memories...
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The history of the Chequered Skipper Butterfly

The Chequered Skipper was first recorded in Britain near Bedford...
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Saving species: chapter 3 – Why save the Chequered Skipper?

The Chequered Skipper Butterfly became extinct in England in 1975,...
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Saving species: chapter 2

Back from the Brink is always on the search for...
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Saving species: chapter 1

Humans need biodiversity to survive and thrive. Clean water, food,...
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A cricket’s-eye view…

Photographer and picture researcher Ben Andrew joined our Communications Manager,...
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Cricket tickling = crickling?

Last month our Communications Manager, James, headed off into the...
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Spring has sprung for Dorset’s Heathland Heart…

The magnificent Dorset heathlands are really starting to come alive,...
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Update from the Black-tailed Godwits

Well, the Black-tailed Godwits have made their way back to...
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To hear, or not to hear, that is the question….

Bat research relies on being able to detect bat calls....
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The case of Prostrate Perennial Knawel

The case of Prostrate perennial knawel: Bringing one of the...
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Time to get growing!

It’s one thing having billions of seeds stored safely for...
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April’s monthly update blog

April – what a month it’s been! Spring has officially...
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Frozen in Time

Over 2 billion seeds are stored at RBG Kew’s Millennium...
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Bats on the Brink

The past few weeks have seen some interesting weather in...
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Back from the Brink monthly roundup – March

March has flown by… And what a month! They say...
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A peek into the life of a Willow Tit volunteer

  I am a student gaining work experience with Yorkshire...
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Update from the Narrow-headed Ant

Early morning frost cladding reduces the gorse and grass tussocks...
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The Pine Marten and squirrel conundrum…

Can Pine Martens ‘control’ Grey Squirrels? There has been a...
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Anyone for Cricket?

If you go out to the heaths of Surrey or...
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Haloing, lichens and our ancients

We all know how important light is in order for...
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Back from the Brink – securing the legacy

The length and breadth of England, Back from the Brink...
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Update from Shifting Sands

It’s been a very busy start of the year for...
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2018 will see the second major Willow Tit survey across the Dearne Valley NIA!

As part of the Back from the Brink project, we...
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Cricket Tickling

With snow on the ground as I write this, it...
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Introducing the Seedbank project

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the largest wild seed...
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Introducing Colour in the Margins

Beneath the tufted ears of wheat or the stubble-stalks of...
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Update from the Barberry Carpet Moth project

Well we are 8 months into the project now and...
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Back from the Brink monthly roundup

Back from the Brink has been full steam ahead since...
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It’s all go for the Lesser Butterfly Orchid!

Work has started to help the Lesser Butterfly Orchid at...
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National Nest Box Week!

As spring draws nearer, Willow Tits are out and about...
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Managing our Heathland Heart: revitalising species through active management

Wandering through Dorset’s heaths in the blustery winter twilight, when...
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Podcast from the Brink: the oiliest beetle…?

It's a cold November evening in the Cotswolds, the base...
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Introducing the Lesser Butterfly Orchid

My interest in orchids started as a teenager, working in...
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Gems in the Dunes is ready for 2018

What a first few months we have had on the...
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The mystery of the Cornish Path Moss…

Nestled below the wild landscape of Bodmin Moor, sitting among...
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Winter Roots of Rockingham

The first few months have flown by as I’ve been...
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What stops growing in the winter?

Luckily the Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail is able to withstand...
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Winter Willow Tits

It has been a busy five months since I started...
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Where have all the crickets gone?

Did you know that Field Crickets were once reintroduced to...
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Here’s to the first six months!

We have spent a lot of time in this first...
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Christmas update from Shifting Sands

It’s been a busy month for the Shifting Sands team....
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Life begins at 400! #ourancients

Trees improve with age, they say life begins at 40...
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Where have all the bats gone?

One of the things about bats that really got me...
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Welcome to Back from the Brink (part 1)

Hi everyone, I’m James Harding-Morris, Communications Manager for Back from...
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The Rugged Oil Beetle

We are now 5 months into our Back from the...
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Shifting Sands is making progress!

Shifting Sands is making progress! Over the last couple of...
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How to spot a Willow Tit

In our last two Willow Tit blogs, we introduced the...
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Introducing the Pine Marten

Hello all. This is just a short paragraph or two...
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Introducing the Grey Long-eared Bat

Starting this project has been an exciting time for me....
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Introducing Gems in the Dunes

Having grown up around coastal sand dunes I believe it...
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Introducing the Barberry Carpet Moth

The start of the Barberry Carpet Project has been a...
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Introducing the Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail

The diggers are out as I write. They’ve started creating...
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Introducing the Field Cricket

Tickling Field Crickets is always a game of patience. This...
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Introducing Roots of Rockingham

The much anticipated Back from the Brink project has finally...
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Introducing Dorset’s Heathland Heart

These are early days for me as Outreach Officer for...
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Why the Willow Tit?

The Willow Tit – the small bird that thinks it’s...
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Introducing Shifting Sands

In the last few weeks we’ve been getting ready to...
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Introducing the Ladybird Spider

Fortunate and privileged. This is how I feel to be...
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Introducing Limestone’s Living Legacies

Having worked in conservation for 10 years in my home...
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Introducing the Narrow-headed Ant

I’ve come to see a thatched dwelling in Devon. There...
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Introducing the Shrill Carder Bee

From the very start, I feel as if the project...
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Introducing the Willow Tit

Before I started working for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust two years...
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Introducing Black-tailed Godwits

Black-tailed Godwits are beautiful, large, wading birds. In the summer,...
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