Archive of: December, 2019

  • Footprints

    Footprints

    Footprints in mud or snow reveal the secretive creatures that have recently passed by

  • Natural traditions

    Natural traditions

    We all have our favourite Christmas traditions, and many of the oldest and best-known have nature at their heart. From boughs of holly to bunches of mistletoe, potted Poinsettias and evergreen wreathes, millions of us have been re-wilding our homes for the festive season by bringing the outdoors in.

  • Fly Agaric

    Fly Agaric

    Fly Agaric was certainly common on Christmas cards in Victorian and Edwardian times, when it was seen as a symbol of good luck.

  • Kissing under the Mistletoe

    Kissing under the Mistletoe

    Do you still embrace the custom of kissing under the Mistletoe at Christmas time? Mistletoe is one of Britain’s best-known plants but it’s becoming increasingly rare. As well as being steeped in tradition and folklore, Mistletoe provides an important winter food source for birds like the Mistle Thrush.

  • Soil - the biodiversity underworld

    Soil - the biodiversity underworld

    Soil is an amazing thing. Without soil we wouldn’t eat much, yet so many of us still see it as just dirt. Healthy soils store more carbon than the world’s oceans, and they are one of the most under publicised, wildlife-rich habitats on the planet.

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