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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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How the moon lost its tail.            THE PEREGRINE FALCON AND THE MOON

How the moon lost its tail. THE PEREGRINE FALCON AND THE MOON

The moon has an extraordinary influence on human beings. Especially when the moon is full and rises above the horizon in the night sky, revealing its full glory, few people aren’t moved by a sense of the romantic or euphoria. Things were very different in the past! Particularly when the moon played a mean trick […]

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