Saturday, 26 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
There is growing concern about a shortage of bumble-bees in the UK (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/22/chemicals-bees-decline-major-study) and a major study suggests that a 'cocktail' of chemicals are messing with their brains. A reduction of these important pollinating insects is of great economic importance to fruit and crop production. Most of the chemicals result from agricultural practices. It consequently seems a bit premature (as has been advocated) to start hacking at the legislation ('red tape') surrounding farming activities (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/21/green-campaigners-farm-review-nfu). A batch of Short-haired bumble-bees reintroduced to the country from New Zealand (where they were transported) died almost as soon as they were released!
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
The proposed £39m upgrade of Mumbles Pier is, in one sense, welcome (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west_wales/10332703.stm) with a repairing of the structure and the building of new flats etc. It is a little sad, however, that the Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) colony that currently nest on the closed area of the pier will be displaced. I appreciate that these gulls are not rare but it was one of the easiest locations to view these birds at the time of egg laying and chick development.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Hot weather again in Swansea. Lady's bedstraw (Galium verum), Rest-harrow (Ononis repens) and Large-flowered evening primrose (Oenothera erythrosepala) were blooming in Blackpill. In Westcross, they were joined by Common sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare), Knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare), Rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum), Brookweed (Samolus valerandi) and Ribbed melilot (Melilotus officinalis). In Loughor, greeted by fresh butterfly eggs on Nasturtium.
There is a somewhat odd finding that highly toxic Pumpkin toadlets from Brazil apparently cannot hear their own mating calls ( https://w...
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A study ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/01/special-spit-is-the-secret-of-uniquely-sticky-frog-tongues-study-reveals ) has...
It is always sad to hear of problems occurring at places you have used for teaching and the outbreak of h5n8 avian influenza at Abbot...