Butterfly Effect


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Big Butterfly Count, 24 July - 1 AugustCommon Blue by nutmeg66

This year’s Big Butterfly Count runs from 16 – 31 July. In conjunction with it, the Butterfly Effect has been developed for school children in KS2. Resources for teachers include six downloadable lesson plans and associated material – which should encourage schools to get involved. I’d certainly use it with my pupils.


The Blades Display Team


The Blades

Photo: nutmeg66

I’m not particularly interested in aircraft or airshows, but when my son won a sixth form scholarship from the RAF and was invited along to RAF Wittering to attend a presentation, I went along too (in my role as Mum’s Taxi) and entertained myself by trying to photograph some of the aircraft. The Blades Display Team is his favourite (even ahead of the Red Arrows).

BBC Radio 4 – Ed Reardon’s Blog



Ed Reardon is one of my favourite radio characters and I’ve been listening to his ‘week’ on Radio 4 for some time. I love the failed fifty-something hack-writer, pipe-smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, who lives with a cat called Elgar. These blog entries give a taste of his outlook on life – just a shame there are only four of them.

Richard Lewington, Wildlife Illustrator


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Website of my favourite wildlife illustrator, Richard Lewington. I frequently refer to his superb illustrations in ‘Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland’ when I find unfamiliar moths in my light trap – I find them far more useful than photographs when searching for an identification.


Leap for fleadom!


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Short clip of a flea jumping – accompanied by traditional flea circus drum roll. Like most people, I don’t welcome fleas into my home… but viewing their remarkable leaping ability from afar like this appeals to me!

“New research from the University of Cambridge sheds light on how fleas jump, reaching speeds as fast as 1.9 meters per second. Using high-speed recording equipment and sophisticated mathematical models, Professor Malcolm Burrows and Dr Gregory Sutton from the University’s Department of Zoology, were able to prove that fleas use their toes to push off and propel themselves into the air.”