# Sunday, 09 May 2010

beaver_1629011cThis is interesting it’s a beaver dam so big that it can be seen from space. The dam is 2,790ft, that’s more than twice the length of the Hoover dam.  The dam is located in Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta, Canada. It is thought that it has been created by several beaver families which have joined forces to create the huge dam. It contains thousands of tress and would have taken them months to create it.

posted on Sunday, 09 May 2010 10:29:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


A public toilet in Northumberland has been turned into an arts venue for the next five months. The arts project will highlight the country’s wildlife. The outside of the lavatory will be revamped with images of birds including an eider duck and a yellowhammer. The project has been developed by Inspire Northumberland and the Seahouses Development Trust.

posted on Sunday, 09 May 2010 10:25:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 08 May 2010

article-1271058-09685B9A000005DC-194_634x592 An exotic plant which was thought to have died out 50 years ago has been discovered at a country house in Dorset. The 100 year old Rhododendron beanianum was discovered after Ray Abraham took up the role of head gardener at Minterne House. It is thought to be the only one in existence in the country. It is thought it was originally planted at the house in 1910 and later it was forgotten until being rediscovered recently. It is now hoped that it might be possible to cultivate and propagate the plants in order to sell it to Rhododendron collectors.

posted on Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:27:18 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A centre in Hertfordshire has successfully bred some rare tropical butterflies. The butterflies called the Heliconius chestertonni are originally from Colombia. Hundreds of the butterflies have been produced from just seven pupae at Butterfly World near St Albans. The butterflies generally have a life span of around nine months. The project is part of the second stage of a £25m project at Chiswell Green, Hertfordshire, to build the world's largest centre for butterfly conservation

posted on Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:23:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 07 May 2010

An Elvis impersonator will try to break a world record by singing Elvis songs non-stop for three days. Simon Goldsmith will start his record attempt today. In order to be successful he will have to sing for more than 43 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds. He will be raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich where his father died last year.

posted on Friday, 07 May 2010 09:23:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article Wang Xianjun has eaten over 1,500 lightbulbs over the course of his lifetime. Apparently he ate his first lightbulb at the age of 12. He eats no more than one lightbulb a day and only at breakfast time. He first smashes them before eating them piece by piece and says they are crispy and delicious.

posted on Friday, 07 May 2010 09:22:01 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article a postman in Germany has married his cat. Uwe Mitzscherlich had been told by a vet that his pet Cecilia might not have long to live. In order to show his devotion for his cat he decided to marry her. Officials refused to carry out the ceremony and man and cat eventually had to be married by an actress who played the registrar.

posted on Friday, 07 May 2010 09:19:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 06 May 2010

_47730074_tiny meerkat pups unveiled taronga zoo rfgejz-az5kl-1 It appears that online dating is now so popular that even a meerkat can find love online. A lonely meerkat called Lily who was looking for a partner had her details posted on the website meerkatmatch.com in an effort to find her a match. Since then the site has had 74,000 hits and Lily has been matched with a two year old male meerkat from Cambridge. Her new partner named Mr Darcy has now joined her at Twinlakes Park in Melton Mowbray and the pair appear to be getting along well.

posted on Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:37:02 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1269406-01ECCD78000004B0-442_468x286 According to this article the number of goldfinches increased by 78% last year. The increase is largely being put down to the fact that people are starting to put out a new bird seed mix on their bird tables. The mix of nyjer seeds and sunflowers seeds seems to be increasingly popular with people who feed the birds. Luckily for goldfinches the mix is their food of choice as it is very similar to what they eat in the wild. It appears that this new food source has boosted the population and has also led to more sightings of goldfinches at garden bird tables. Based on this I might get some of this seed for the goldfinches in my garden or perhaps I might plant some sunflowers to encourage more of them to visit.

posted on Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:33:01 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 05 May 2010

A species of rare frog has been found to produce a powerful painkiller that is 200 times stronger than morphine. The phantasmal poison frogs have recently been successfully bred in a British aquarium as part of a study on the poison they produce. Although the frogs poison is lethal it is thought that an extract from their skin can block pain 200 times more effectively than morphine. It also has the advantage of being non addictive and without serious side effects. The frog is thought to survive on just seven sites on the western slopes of Ecuadorian Andes so the breeding programme to preserve the species is just the first step in studying the frogs and any potential cure they might produce.

posted on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 10:10:29 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Crane-chicks-set-for-rele-005 This cute little guy is one of eight crane chicks that have recently been hatched at a reserve in Gloucestershire. The eggs which have been brought in from Germany are part of a project to reintroduce a sustainable population of cranes in the UK. A batch of 18 eggs were driven back to the UK from Germany because the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud meant they could not be transported by plane. So far 8 of the eggs have hatched  and the others are expected to hatch over the next week. Another batch of eggs will also be brought in as part of the project. The chicks will then be taught how to behave as cranes. Apparently as part of the training their human teachers will need to dress up as cranes to show them how to behave in the wild. I am looking forward to the update to this article that shows the lessons. If the project is successful they will be the first population of cranes in the UK since the 1600s when they died out due to hunting and loss of habitat.

posted on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 10:04:52 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 04 May 2010

_47746858_009193754-1This replica wine fountain has recently been unveiled at Hampton Court Palace. It is similar to those that would have been used by Henry V111 and has been created after the remains of a 16th century fountain were found at a archaeological dig at the palace in 2008. It stands 13ft high and is made of timber, lead, bronze and gold leaf. The best thing about it, however, is that it is a working replica. At weekends and bank holidays it will serve red and white wine priced at £3.50 a glass. I like the idea of a wine fountain I wonder if I can convince my husband to build one.

posted on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:48:40 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 03 May 2010

_47733327_fennec_foxes Three fennec foxes have recently been born at Drusillas Park Zoo in East Sussex. The foxes have been bred as part of a European breeding programme and are thought to be the first litter to bred in Europe this year. The animals measure 15cm long and are the smallest member of the dog family. They are under threat in the Sahara desert where they live because they are threatened by hunting and the pet trade.

posted on Monday, 03 May 2010 10:42:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article the International Whaling Commission has proposed allowing the first legal commercial whale hunt for 25 years. If it goes ahead the move would end an outright ban. The ban does have a few exceptions which allow Japan, Norway and Iceland to continue whaling. However, the new proposal would replace this ban with its exceptions with strict quotas which would instead strictly monitor all whaling. Environmentalists fear that it could lead to large scale whaling which could further devastate the species. The commission, however, argues that strict quotas would be a better method of control to the current hunts over which it has no control on numbers caught.

posted on Monday, 03 May 2010 10:40:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 02 May 2010

In a rather unusual experiment llamas have been brought in to protect birds at a RSPB reserve. The reserve has problems with predators such as foxes taking the birds eggs and chicks. It is hoped that the llamas will act as guards during the nesting season. Llamas are known to be highly territorial and are already used as livestock guards in some areas. The Prince of Wales for example uses alpacas to protect lambs from foxes during the lambing season on his farm at Highgrove.

posted on Sunday, 02 May 2010 14:39:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The Island of Canna one of the Hebridean islands spent £600,000 solving it’s rat problem nearly four ago. Since then the island which had been plagued by rats has a new problem. The rats are long gone but they now appear to have a rabbit problem. It seems that the lack of rats has created a gap in the food chain and with no rats to keep the rabbit population down, they are becoming something of a problem. There are now thousands of rabbits devastating local crops and and even damaging local monuments. The islands only restaurant has started putting rabbit on the menu in an effort to take advantage of the situation but the rabbit problem does not appear to be under control. It’s clear here that there are consequences to messing with the local populations of animals but at least rabbits are tasty, perhaps they should eat a few more of them.

posted on Sunday, 02 May 2010 11:22:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback