Invertebrates

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Country diary: my swim with a bloodthirsty hanger-on
Hartsop, Cumbria: I look down and notice a slug-sized, dark brown invertebrate clinging to my leg

Carey Davies

20, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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New biodiversity algorithm ‘will blight range of natural habitats in England’
Natural England biodiversity metric will let valuable wildlife habitat be logged as ‘degraded’ land and penalise rewilding, warn ecologists

Phoebe Weston

21, Jul, 2021 @3:38 PM

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The Sea Is Not Made of Water by Adam Nicolson review – of mollusc and men
This lyrical dive into rock pools illuminates the interconnectedness of all natural habitats

Alex Preston

19, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Country diary: this delicate centipede is the gardener's friend
Allendale, Northumberland: Fang-like modified legs near its front contain poison with which to inject prey such as slugs

Susie White

09, Nov, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: why did the snail tiptoe across the road?
Crook, County Durham: Rain makes for an easy journey, but dry and dusty asphalt is a different matter

Phil Gates

20, May, 2020 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: the lair of the blue-grey worm
Short Wood, Northamptonshire: Britain’s most colourful earthworm is most often seen in water-logged conditions

Matt Shardlow

25, Feb, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: best look up if you want to see a blue ground beetle
East Dartmoor, Devon: Ten feet up, an oval of jet black is pinned to the bark like a brooch

Charlie Elder

22, May, 2019 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: an old dynamite works has become a hub of biodiversity
Ardeer, Ayrshire: This semi-open expanse is now valuable open mosaic habitat, beloved by beetles and solitary bees

Cal Flyn

20, May, 2019 @4:30 AM

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How hermit crabs shake off competitors for shells
House hunters are deterred from evicting incumbents by strong vibrations from inside

Ian Sample Science editor

02, Apr, 2019 @11:01 PM

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Specieswatch: amazing life cycle of freshwater pearl mussels
In healthy oxygen-rich rivers these mussels can live up to 130 years

Paul Brown

25, Dec, 2018 @9:30 PM

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Welsh river study reveals 'troubling' decline of wildlife
Forty-year project shows ‘troubling’ loss of invertebrates, with repercussions for larger animals

Steven Morris

05, Aug, 2018 @3:00 PM

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‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off
The long read: Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them

Jacob Mikanowski

14, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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