Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes
The Environment Agency is busy clearing reeds from the Cottenham Lode to allow the drain to do its job properly in the winter. The reed warblers, reed buntings, whitethroats, corn buntings, meadow pipits, linnets, yellowhammers, and others that spent the summer along the Lode and in the fields and hedgerows close to it all seem quiet or to have moved on. The warblers migrating to warmer climes, the buntings, pipits, and linnets maybe just hiding or perhaps having relocated away from close to the watercourse to elsewhere in the surrounding countrside. However, I did spot one straggler. The UK’s most common native bird...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - October 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs

Floating pennywort
is a highly invasive, non-native species that is choking up the river Cam once again. It doesn’t particularly need excess nitrates or heat to grow like this, just plenty of sunlight and relatvely still waters. In 2012, the Ely Standard reported how the Environment Agency had acquired a floating weed harvester and had pulled out four tonnes from Ely south to Bottisham Lock, Waterbeach. From my photo taken a few days ago, it looks like Hydrocotyle ranunculoides is causing problems on the river once again. The lock itself was choked up, but as you can see from the photo the weed is growing from both banks of...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - August 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs

“Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: #8 on...
"Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: #8 on @nytimestravel's list of 52 places to go in 2016. New museums, as well as earnest steps toward nature conservation, are transforming the Emirati capital. Jean Nouvel's @louvreabudhabi is expected to open later this year, and future projects include the Frank Gehry-designed @guggenheim Abu Dhabi and @zaha_hadid's Performing Arts Center. Meanwhile, conservation efforts promise visitors an experience that goes beyond art and architecture. This month, Abu Dhabi's Environment Agency completed phase 1 of the Al Wathba Wetland eco-reserve project — one of the Middle East's first ...
Source: Kidney Notes - January 9, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs