Ecology - Page 7

  • Ants: the most complex of the pests.

    They evolved from a vespoid wasp and have lost their permanent wings, however most species will develop into winged insects when it is time to mate.

    By Richard Hassall on 15th May 2012
  • Squirrel Pox Could Threaten Scotland’s Red Squirrels

    The squirrel parapoxvirus is mostly asymptomatic in its grey host; it has little or no effect. However, once the virus is transmitted to their red cousin it causes the fatal disease known as “squirrel pox”.

    By Richard Hassall on 3rd April 2012
  • Helping Homeless Hermit Crabs

    There are numerous reasons for the decline in abandoned shells, including people collecting shells, ocean acidification damaging shells and the marine life which creates the shells.

    By Guest Bloggers on 9th December 2011
  • Decline of the Monarch

    Illegal logging of the oyamel forest, the monarchs favoured trees to hibernate in, still continues despite an increase in the size of nature reserves by the Mexican government.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th November 2011
  • Bats: Creatures of the Night?

    Why is it so important to conserve bats? Bats represent a third of our mammal species in the UK, and because they are a top predator, inhabiting a wide range of habitats, they are an incredibly valuable indicator of the UK’s biodiversity.

    By Richard Hassall on 29th November 2011
  • Differences in Marine Sediment

    I am going to prove to you that it is paramount to a balanced marine environment. It is also very important to marine predators as a source of food.

    By Amy Featherstone on 7th November 2011
  • Fungi: The Hidden Helper of our Woodlands

    The absence of the constantly searching mycelia of fungi would be detrimental to one organism in particular, one that many others rely on; trees.

    By Richard Hassall on 1st November 2011
  • Incredible Ways to Survive the Winter

    Freeze tolerant animals allow their bodies to freeze and when spring arrives they thaw and come back to life. The wood frog is an outstanding example of this method.

    By Richard Hassall on 25th October 2011