Archive of: Charlotte Owen

  • Bee Orchid

    Bee Orchid

    The Bee Orchid exploits male bees by promising them the one thing they value more than a good meal. The flowers do a passable impression of a stripy female bee, complete with furry body, outstretched wings and an irresistible female scent.

  • Budburst

    Budburst

    April is a month of ‘more’ - more daylight, more buds, more leaves and more flowers, with more pollen and more sneezing for us hayfever sufferers, but the natural world is springing back to life. Some say that April is named after the Latin aperere, meaning “to open”, in reference to the profusion of bursting buds, unfurling leaves and blooming blossom.

  • Your top five frog spawn questions answered

    Your top five frog spawn questions answered

    Every year WildCall gets lots phone calls from people worried about the frog spawn and tadpoles in their ponds. Here are the answers to the most frequent asked frog spawn questions.

  • Going Underground - animal architects of the natural world

    Going Underground - animal architects of the natural world

    The number of different homes inhabited by animals is huge, so in this blog, we’re going to look at underground homes. Because, as The Jam would put it, if you want to create a warm, dry and cosy home safe from prying eyes and predators, going underground is a popular option.

  • Tails you win

    Tails you win

    Tails come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. If you’re a vertebrate, you’ve probably got one – though humans (and all great apes) are notable exceptions. So why do animals have tails, what are they used for, and why don’t we have one?

  • Window on Wildlife: garden birds

    Window on Wildlife: garden birds

    The uplifting role that wildlife plays in our lives has become more vital than ever. We’re in the middle of winter, but there are plenty of birds to be seen. This guide will help you identify some of the feathered friends you’re most likely to see - and hear - from home.

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