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Biological Photography Museum

I was having a wander through the museum at Biological Photography and Imaging yesterday and I came across some very strange items { well to me they were } and I am not talking about Dr David Fox the museum curator.

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Odd things in that museum, even the Kilner jar. Dr Tom Hartman said that it was unique in the fact that they stop making these jars back during the war when the factory was blow up. There is a lot to look at and photograph in this museum more then enough to hold anyone’s attention. If you have a interest in old bones, fish heads, small hedgehogs and strange looking mussels then drop a line to thomas.hartman@nottingham.ac.uk if you would like to know more on the course we run at Nottingham University, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging then contact david.mcmahon@nottingham.ac.uk

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Emma Clark, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, School of Biology, The University of Nottingham.

During Emma’s stay with the MSc, she produced some really nice work. This is one a piece that she produced for her summer project in the Écrins National Park. Below is some of the text along with some images from the book that Emma made on the park.

Écrins National Park

an introduction

One of nine French national parks, Écrins National Park was officially established in 1973 in response to pressure from mountaineers, nature organisations and the French Alpine Club. Divided into sectors which are managed individually by teams of field workers, the park expands over two departments – the Hautes Alpes and Isère – and two regions – the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and the Rhône Alpes. French law stipulates that parks are made up of a core and partnership zone. The core zone is a protected and unspoiled area which is subject to special rules, whilst the partnership zone is governed by a charter adopted by the relevant communes. The park is structured around a network of central high peaks, with large glaciers that have carved deep and distinctive valleys in the huge rocky massif.
Cols, landscapes and the position of the hillsides influence the distribution of different species, wildlife movements, human habitation, agriculture and tourism activities. Each valley is unique in terms of geography, culture and human presence. With a core zone of 91 800 ha including 11 300 ha of glaciers, 68 800 ha of summer alpine meadows and 41 422 ha of forest, the national park is an immense haven for alpine flora and fauna, and a challenging playground for explorers and naturalists The wealth of wildlife in Écrins is the result of the extremely varied environmental conditions. Species adapted for mediterranean conditions, such as pine voles and ocellated lizards, live along side survivors from the last Ice Age. Reintroduction programmes have helped bring back iconic mountain mammals to the area, such as chamois and ibex. Some species are only present in summer, but others have adapted to cope with the harsh winter climate; marmots settle into long deep sleeps, black grouse build protective
snow burrows and mountain hares adopt white fur camouflage. The golden eagle has been the subject of regular censuses since 1985 and there are 38 (1999 census) known breeding pairs within the park. Larger birds and other large predators, such as wolves and lynx, are attracted to the diversity of environments and have chosen to return to the park of their own accord. Over 1 800 different plant species have been identified in the national park, a diversity which results from the different vegetation levels (800 to 4 102m). Plant life is evolving as the climate changes, with dramatic declines in species
dating back to the Ice Age, and new species taking over the heaths and rocky ground1.

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