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What you see is what you get

Our ancestors named birds after their behaviour, appearance, and habitat. Continue reading

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Birds we named after ourselves

This is part 2 in my series about how birds got their names. Some of our most well-known birds have human names. None more familiar than the robin – many people’s favourite bird in the UK. Its earliest title was … Continue reading

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Names of our birds

Find out where the names of our most familiar birds come from. Continue reading

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A tree with magic powers

Rowan or mountain ash was believed by our ancestors to protect against lightning and evil Continue reading

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Confused by young birds

Our ancestors often thought juvenile birds were entirely different species Continue reading

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Naming the trees

How did trees get their names? Continue reading

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Swans – time for a song?

Our ancestors thought the normally quiet swan, sang in secret Continue reading

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London plane – one of the locals?

The London plane is one of the world’s most popular urban trees; where did it come from? Continue reading

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