Archive of: Charlotte Owen

  • Stonechat


    Meet the Stonechat, a robin-sized bird with a loud alarm call that sounds just like two pebbles clacking together.

  • Naming of moths

    Naming of moths

    For centuries, moths have cast a spell of fascination and intrigue so potent they have been bestowed with some of the most beautiful, fanciful and charming names in natural history.

  • How we name things

    How we name things

    Nomenclature is the science of naming, with rules and systems for organising species and giving each one an official two-part title. But there is also an art to the naming of things and often a sense of magic.

  • Here be dragons

    Here be dragons

    If you know where to look, there are still plenty of dragons to be found in Sussex today. Granted, they are miniature dragons at just 15 cm from nose to tail but the Common Lizard is no less fearsome to its insect prey.

  • Dancing Adders

    Dancing Adders

    Courting Adders move in a synchronised flowing behaviour, with much tongue-flicking and tail-lashing. After mating, the male stays to guard his female and will dance with intruding males, rearing up and entwining bodies to wrestle his rival to the ground.

  • The Oak

    The Oak

    The mighty oak is our most iconic tree, a symbol of strength and endurance with huge historical and cultural significance.

  • Oak trees and Knopper Galls

    Oak trees and Knopper Galls

    Next time you walk past an Oak tree, take a closer look and you might notice something a bit unusual. Perhaps some of the acorns are ripening nicely but others seem to have mutated into an abnormal, knobbly mess. What’s going on?

  • The amazingly oceanic Kittiwake

    The amazingly oceanic Kittiwake

    They may not look like hardy sea-farers but Kittiwakes spend half the year wandering the Atlantic, making them the most oceanic gull in the world.