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Category Archives: Guest posts
Those poor beleaguered bees! Now they’re being confused by diesel fumes. Or are they?
Bees are having a hard time. Pathogens, insecticides and loss of habitat are all thought to be contributing to a decline in their numbers. Now a potential new threat has been added to the “perfect storm” threatening these insects. A group at … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged bee decline, bee numbers, bees, bumblebees, city bees, diesel fumes, honeybees, oilseed rape, southampton university 3 Comments
The UK and New Zealand: two very different approaches to the problems of “legal highs”.
In many people’s minds, the county of Devon is synonymous with cream teas, cider and summer holidays so it may come as a surprise to hear that Devon has its fair share of social problems. Over the past few months … Continue reading
Next time you see Nelson’s Column, think of Dartmoor
Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in the south of England but despite the wildness, the human imprint is never far away. For many years, the moor has been exploited by industry which has shaped the … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged birds, china clay, dartmoor, devon, flowers, granite, nelson's column, richard mabey, stephen spielberg, warhorse 2 Comments
She laments, sir,….. her husband goes this morning a-birding
The book stall consisted of at least six large tables covered with all kinds and all sizes of books. Judging from the number of people milling around the stall, there was quality here although the prices (50p for paperbacks and … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged Alastair Fitter, birds, book stall, burton bradstock, church fete, Cirl Bunting, climate change, conservation, flowers, nature books, Richard Fitter Comments Off on She laments, sir,….. her husband goes this morning a-birding
City bees – the ultimate urban idyll or a middle class guilt trip?
Beekeeping in a busy city centre? It doesn’t sound right to me, but there’s a growing trend to put beehives on the vacant roofs of city centre shops and museums. I recently had a chance to find out what’s behind … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged bees, city bees, Exeter, farmers' markets, Fortnum and Mason, honeybees, Palais Garnier, Princesshay, Steven Poole 4 Comments
From Raleigh’s pipe to tidal power
Dittisham and the River Dart A few miles before it meets the sea, the River Dart enjoys several wide meanders through beautiful South Devon countryside. Near the village of Dittisham, however, mariners must be aware of a dangerous obstacle, the … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged devon, Dittisham, Dr Sarah Wollaston, marine renewable energy, river dart, tidal power, Totnes, transition town totnes, TRESOC, turbine Comments Off on From Raleigh’s pipe to tidal power
From legal highs to legal supplies?
“Within five minutes I was tripping my balls off, trying to call friends for help, but I couldn’t use my phone. My heart rate was going up and I started to panic. …. I found myself in the street. The … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged 25I-NBOMe, ACMD, drug laws, drug policy, drugs, legal highs, Les Iversen, LSD, NBOMe, New Zealand, Psychoactive Substances Bill, recreational drugs Comments Off on From legal highs to legal supplies?
The curious case of the barbecue and the toilet seat.
The prospect of a weekend with some warmer weather sends us Brits in to a frenzy of outdoor eating. So, in this spirit, and ignoring the light rain, I went searching for our barbecue and found it under a pile … Continue reading
Posted in Fun, Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged Daily Mail, hygeine, misleading, poor journalism, pseudoscience 11 Comments
Alfred Russel Wallace – the forgotten man of evolution?
Following on from Sylvia McLain’s recent post on Richard Dawkins, here is more on evolution. My piece concerns Alfred Russel Wallace, who was intimately involved in the early thinking on this topic. The timing of the two pieces is entirely … Continue reading
Posted in Guest posts, Uncategorized Tagged alfred russel wallace, Bill Bailey, centenary, Charles Darwin, dorset, evolution, natural selection, wallace 100 15 Comments
Seen in Devon
On a recent family walk near Beesands in South Devon (in the fog if you look carefully), we spotted this sign on land behind the beach. Perhaps we were all in a silly mood but it made us smile and … Continue reading
Posted in Fun, Guest posts Tagged adders, beesands, devon 7 Comments