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Landscape and literature Literary featuring Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist Wenlock Edge

In the first of a series of films about landscape and literature produced in association with National Book Tokens, Anna Dreda of Wenlock Books and writers Katherine Swift, Paul Evans and William Cash reflect on the resonance of Shropshire's landscape...
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Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans, published by Rider Books  'A profoundly satisfying read' Financial Times  

Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans, published by Rider Books  'A profoundly satisfying read' Financial Times   | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

Release of Field Notes From The Edge paperback on the 6 April 2017. Published by Rider Books and illustrated by Maria Nunzia @Varvera 

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Paul Evans Guardian Country diary Wenlock Edge: a curious tower sends me over the edge 

Paul Evans Guardian Country diary Wenlock Edge: a curious tower sends me over the edge  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire It couldn’t be the power-station chimney, it was in the wrong place. And it was too late in the year to be a stack of hay
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BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the Day Paul Evans on the Carrion Crow #Halloween 

BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the Day  Paul Evans on the Carrion Crow #Halloween  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the Day Paul Evans on the Carrion Crow ​ Broadcast Mon 30 Oct 201705:58 also available to listen again after broadcast. ​​ On the eve of Halloween, the silence of a graveyard is broken by the raucous calls of an inky black Crow "Throwing her voice as if coughing up a bone" says Paul Evans in the first of four specially commissioned Halloween tales. Producer: Sarah Blunt Photograph: Derek Wood. ​


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Country diary: huge jellyfish shipwrecked on the sands by Paul Evans  

Country diary: huge jellyfish shipwrecked on the sands by Paul Evans   | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Morfa Harlech, Gwynedd They have drifted on ocean currents for 500m years, pulsing gently towards landfall

 

The wave smudges out something written in the sand with a stick. I imagine it as a spell cast to charm ashore those lost at sea. And so it does, as tides ebb and flow, stranding the barrel jellyfish. These extraordinary creatures, also known as dustbin-lid jellyfish because of their size and shape, have been shipwrecked after an epic voyage.

 

Rhizostoma pulmo or R octopus is the largest jellyfish in British waters (they can grow to nearly 90cm in diameter) and is harvested around Wales for high-value medical-grade collagen. It feeds on plankton and its sting does not injure humans any more than do nettles; it is fed upon by leatherback turtles and sunfish.

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Guardian Country Diary by Paul Evans: Harvest songs replaced by midnight combines 

Guardian Country Diary by Paul Evans: Harvest songs replaced by midnight combines  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Country diary: The Long Mynd, Shropshire There have been ponies here since the iron age hillfort was occupied, but few workers toil the fields at harvest time
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World’s food supplies at risk as climate change threatens international trade, experts warn

World’s food supplies at risk as climate change threatens international trade, experts warn | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The world’s food supplies are in danger as climate change and the increasing reliance on global trade threaten to create shortages and sudden, dramatic increases in prices, according to a new report by the leading think tank Chatham House. The report’s authors warned of a “growing risk … to human security” with the potential for “systemic disruption” and so-called Black Swan events – major unexpected changes.
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95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World

95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Extremely hot days are expected to be much more frequent in the coming decades, potentially disrupting our everyday lives.
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Joking apart, the great tit is a born survivor

Joking apart, the great tit is a born survivor | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge Since the 1960s the great tit population has doubled. They are becoming a global power
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Wenlock Edge: Guardian Country Diary, Simplicity and symbolism in flowers and poems by @DrPaulEvans 

Wenlock Edge: Guardian Country Diary, Simplicity and symbolism in flowers and poems by @DrPaulEvans  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge Daisy – daes eage, day’s-eye – a wonderfully simple poetry that has become a complicated symbolic chain-link of love, innocence and death
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Twelve of the oldest fossils we've discovered so far

Twelve of the oldest fossils we've discovered so far | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The picture of life on Earth that we can paint from fossil evidence is only as good as the fossils we've found. Here are a dozen of our current oldest known fossils, that have either been discovered — or had their ages better determined — in the last 20 years.
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Government Of Nepal: Repeal the wildlife farming legislation!

Government Of Nepal: Repeal the wildlife farming legislation! | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The Parliament of Nepal passed a legislation under National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 on 30th January, 2017. The Wildlife farming, breeding and Research ha
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How hot was it in 2016? - SWI swissinfo.ch

How hot was it in 2016? - SWI swissinfo.ch | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
If 2015 was the warmest year on record, 2016 was not far behind.
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'Alien-looking' fossil insect found trapped in amber

'Alien-looking' fossil insect found trapped in amber | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
TANN is an online open access, pro-community news site bringing together people in related fields with active interests intersecting archaeology.
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Guardian Country diary by Paul Evans: Sleeping Beauty knew a thing or two about spindle's tempting lipstick berries 

Guardian Country diary by Paul Evans: Sleeping Beauty knew a thing or two about spindle's tempting lipstick berries  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire This shrub and its toxic fruit have a minor but magical part in ancient woodland
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BBC Radio 4 Tweet of The Day Paul Evans on the Merlin #Halloween 

BBC Radio 4 Tweet of The Day Paul Evans on the Merlin #Halloween  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

Broadcast 2 Nov 2017 05:58 also available to listen again after broadcast. Merlins are "ariel sprites" says writer Paul Evans, but they also kill skylarks in a rather gruesome manner as we hear in this specially commissioned dark Halloween tale. Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world. Producer: Sarah Blunt Photographer: David Gibbon.


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Country diary: fog and fireweed, the seeds of a ghost story by Paul Evans  

Country diary: fog and fireweed, the seeds of a ghost story by Paul Evans   | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Arrested in a kind of limbo, the plumes of rosebay willowherb had yet to liberate themselves and venture into the wide world
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Here's What We Used to Think Dinosaurs Looked Like

Here's What We Used to Think Dinosaurs Looked Like | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
These forgotten works of paleoart mingled scientific fact and fantasy.
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Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF

Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Freedom-of-information data reveals threat of drought that would devastate wildlife, with government slow to act on water management
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Oregon to South Carolina. Here's what you need to know about this rare celestial show.
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BBC Radio 4 Tardigrade 27 June 11.00 am

BBC Radio 4 Tardigrade 27 June 11.00 am | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Tardigrade. First described in 1773 and so named because they resemble slow-moving bears, these microscopic animals are probably the closest thing to an alien we are likely to encounter. Capable of living without water and then being revived after 30 years, the Tardigrade or moss-piglet as they are also called, challenge our ideas about what defines life. And as if that wasn't enough, they are probably the cutest little creature you could hope to meet! Presented by Bret Westwood with special guests and interventions by nature writer Paul Evans. Producer Sarah Blunt.

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Evident Climate Change In Small Town Alaska

Evident Climate Change In Small Town Alaska | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Alaskan guide Rick Brown has had a front-row seat to the changing wilderness for the last 20-plus years.
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There's nothing dull about dunnocks on Wenlock Edge by Paul Evans  

There's nothing dull about dunnocks on Wenlock Edge by Paul Evans   | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge With its riotous sex life and quick, edgy, movements, the hedge sparrow is like a little ticking bomb
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Rare 'cave squeaker' frog seen in Zimbabwe for first time in 55 years

Rare 'cave squeaker' frog seen in Zimbabwe for first time in 55 years | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Team of researchers discover three of the frogs once listed as possibly extinct in first reported sighting since 1962
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These squirrels are not native. So what? 

These squirrels are not native. So what?  | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

'This sycamore isn’t native either, and neither are the people who planted them, or who look at them now..'

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Alien-like creatures emerge in central Australia following heavy rains

Alien-like creatures emerge in central Australia following heavy rains | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Heavy rains in central Australia have brought to light a mysterious alien looking bug hatching from years of obscurity.
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