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Male wolf spiders cannibalise older females, scientists in Uruguay have discovered. In several species, female spiders are known to eat males, but this is the first time biologists have seen the roles reversed in the wild.
The male spiders were observed mating with virgins and eating older, less reproductively successful females. Researchers suggest that harsh habitats force males to prey on females for food.
Their findings were published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. The species in question, Allocosa brasiliensis, is a nocturnal wolf spider found in South America’s sand dunes along riverbanks and the Atlantic Ocean coast.

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BWPA – British Wildlife Photography Awards, a competition celebrating the diversity of the natural history of the British Isles

Animal Portraits, Animal Behaviour, Urban Wildlife, Hidden Britain, Coast and Marine, Wildlife in my Backyard, Habitat and Living Landscape: Connectivity

Examples

Bee species pollinating crops directly links wildlife with the economy

Salt marshes acting as a buffer between land and seas

Hedgerows play a part in keeping the countryside ‘stitched’ together

Estuaries are the connection for freshwater species with marine life

Rivers connecting streams to the sea


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Closes 30 April 2011

Thrusting out of the Atlantic some 50 miles west of Harris, St Kilda’s breathtakingly wild landscape, cultural history and abundant wildlife have long fascinated explorers and naturalists. Once the most remote community in Britain, the archipelago is a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site listed both for its natural environment and cultural significance.

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The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is a charity which relies on the generous support of volunteers at all its wetland centres to help with conservation work and other daily tasks. It also organises Team Activity Days for local companies and businesses giving them the chance to spend a day in the great outdoors while helping us to tackle larger projects.

Slimbridge has over 100 volunteers and each volunteer is a very welcome addition to the team. Without them the centre would not be able to offer the activities, events and all round excellent visitor experience that it does. Although volunteers work without financial reward there are many other ways that they benefit from becoming a WWT volunteer; learning new skills, meeting new people, keeping fit and gaining experience are just a few.

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Red kites are now a much more common sight

 

 

People are used to stories of conversational doom-and-gloom with fragile species threatened by creeping urbanisation, but recent reports suggest some birds of prey are booming in the UK. So why does the prospect of a soaring hawk or eagle leave some people worried?

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The Masters students working along side the 2nd year undergraduate, explaining the photographic techniques that they could use within their module, the session took place today at Wollaton Hall between 10.00 and 13.00 the three staff members in attendance David Fox, Steve Galloway and David McMahon all thought that the session went really well and there was a lot of hard work and enjoyment from both sets of students.

Photography David W McMahon

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A panel of experts that was chaired by Chris Packham, photographer, TV presenter has selected the six winners in the WWT photographic competition.

WWT London Wetland Centre invited the finalists back for individual feedback from the judges; Chris Packham also held a special photography workshop for the finalists

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