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Post your Message Poem at Wild Oats, Bristol!

Do you live in or around Bristol? Until tomorrow you can post your message poem for National Poetry Day in the post box at Wild Oats Natural Foods and health store, Lower Redland Road, Bristol. Your poem should be a message from you to the world, or wildlife, or a wild place – or a …

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NPD Poem of the Day – Dear Earth, by Daisy Proctor, age 7

. Another lovely poem sent in by poet Daisy Proctor: . Dear Earth . I will miss the forest owlet’s big eyes. . I will miss The Fire-crown’s long beak. . I will miss The cute Malabar Civet. . I will miss the Iberian Lynx My favourite. . The Hawaiian crow as black as Halloween …

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National Poetry Day Message Poem of the Day – Each Day the Sea Writes

A fabulous poem of the day from Bruce Black, from Sarasota, Florida: . Each Day the Sea Writes . Each day the sea writes lines On the edge of the sand, and clouds Draw messages in the sky, and laughing . Gulls swoop and swirl and plead while Sandhill cranes raise their beaks high To …

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Y is for Yellow Tit

This wonderful photo of the yellow tit was taken by John&Fish. . Yellow Tit . A small bird with soaring crest black top, lemon breast, . some birds lift hearts this is one, sings a song shines the sun. . .© Liz Brownlee . This little bird is found in the central mountain ranges of Taiwan, living on …

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W is for Wagner’s Viper

This stunning photo of a female and two young Wagner’s vipers is by Mario Schweiger, and is used by permission. Wagner’s viper was first discovered and described by German naturalist Moritz Wagner in 1846. Sadly he mislabelled the specimen’s place of habitat and so it was unseen for another 140 years, and presumed extinct. Then …

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V is for Vietnamese Mossy Frog

This is another extraordinary frog – frogs really have some of the most incredible adaptations for their environment of any animal. This wonderful photo was taken by Andrew Mudd And this photo was taken by Josh More: Have I mentioned yet this year that I adore frogs? I have been most restrained and only posted …

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T is for Tricoloured Blackbird

This is rather a gorgeous-looking bird from North America – here is a male in a photo by Alan Vernon: The tricoloured blackbird is not related in any way to the Old World blackbirds found in the British Isles, which are a type of thrush. This bird is a little smaller, and its feathers glossier. It …

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P is for Pom Pom Cheerleading Crab

Oh! This little 2 inch crab is so beautiful, and so clever. This is a pom pom or cheerleading crab, endemic to Hawaii, in a photo by Hechtonicus: Pom pom crabs are tiny, about 2 inches wide, and they are inedible. They are not heavily armoured crabs – their carapaces aren’t strong, their legs are delicate. They have …

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O is for Octopus

I adore octopuses – the most intelligent of invertebrates, their intelligence rivals that of the most intelligent primates. Here is a fabulous painting of one by Dru Marland – this is from a rather wonderful, fully illustrated book of poems, Inking Bitterns, available only from Gert Macky which I highly recommend, not just because I’m …

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M is for Marine Iguana

This wonderful image of two marine iguanas on Espanola in the Galapagos Islands was taken by Vince Smith, and is on Flikr. Marine iguanas are fascinating animals, and there are two extraordinary facts about them. The first is that they are the world’s only marine lizards. Because there were no mammalian predators (until more recently) they …

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