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THE WREN,  If you are not strong, you must be clever (038)

THE WREN, If you are not strong, you must be clever (038)

It is amazing that such a little ball of fluff like the wren can sing so loudly. From January through to December you can hear him twittering away. Have you ever wondered how he came to be known as ‘King” of the Birds, a title which his Latin name “Regulus” testifies to? Or why the […]

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How the wood of the alder turned red (014)

How the wood of the alder turned red (014)

Winter is a time when nature rests. In many nature reserves trees are pruned. The ash, willow and alder are cut right back down so that only 40-50 cm. of the trunk is left above ground. The wood of the ash and willow is white. But were you aware that the wood of the alder […]

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How the cross spider got its name

How the cross spider got its name

Walking down the garden path to get your bike and into the web of a cross spider. Does this sound familiar? These spiders weave their  webs across garden paths in late summer and autumn. They spend their days making and repairing their vulnerable webs. Cross spiders are master weavers. And that already proved very useful […]

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THE POPPY, A message from the battlefields

THE POPPY, A message from the battlefields

In many stories about the war mention is often made of an extraordinary phenomenon.  Namely, in the summer following a war a sea of red flowers appears on the battle field. After the First World War the fields where millions of victims had fallen during the terrible trench warfare turned red. It is said that […]

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REDWING, The long flight up North

REDWING, The long flight up North

Many birds overwinter in Western Europe and then fly a few thousand kilometer more to their breeding grounds in the cold north to rear their young.The Redwing is just one of these. Why these birds –  in spite of all the hardships  – still leave en masse to undertake this long journey up to the […]

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