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National Poetry Day Message Poem Video, by Roger Stevens, read by Sam Decie

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W is for Water Vole

There are 3 types of cute vole living in the UK and this is the biggest, at 4.5-9 inches – a water vole. This brilliant image has been taken by the prolific nature photographer, Peter Trimming, on Flikr. ‘Ratty’ in The Wind in the Willows was not a rat at all, but a water vole.  …

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P is for Pelican

Pelican photo by Richard Taylor on Flikr. . . The name pelican derives from an Ancient Greek word, which itself came from a word meaning ‘axe’. Despite having the biggest beak, up to 1.6 feet, and being the heaviest birds to fly, pelicans are remarkably graceful in the air. They have air bubbles in their …

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F is for Flying Squirrel

. This lovely creature is a Southern Flying Squirrel – this photo is by Leah and if you click the picture you can see her other photos on Flikr. . . Here is a pet one in flight on Wiki: . . These little squirrels have a furry membrane that stretches from their wrists to their ankles, which allows …

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A is for Armadillo – hairy and screaming!

. . The screaming, hairy armadillo, Chaetophractus vellerosus, is a small (about 14.5 inches) burrowing armadillo from central and southern South America. If startled or picked up, this little creature emits piercing cries, thought to be a defence mechanism. It lives in many habitats where it is possible to burrow, and is omnivorous, eating insects, vertebrates …

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Lola’s Gromit-athon 3…18 visited today!

Please see post 2 below for the information about Lola’s Gromit-athin, which she has undertaken with the help of morsels of Wensleydale to raise money for Medical Detection Dogs, who trained her. This is the link to Just Giving, if you’d like to sponsor her: http://www.justgiving.com/lizandlola We visited 18 Gromits today with Lola, who now gets …

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U is for Upland Horseshoe Bat

All horseshoe bats have strange horseshoe-shaped nose leaves – unlike other bats, their ultrasound call comes through their nose and not their mouth, and it is thought that the shape of their nose helps to direct the ultrasound frequencies more accurately. The upland horseshoe bat lives in West and Central Africa, in caves in both …

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T is for Tiger

There is definitely something special about the tiger – despite the obvious power and weight visible beneath its stunning coat it has wonderful lightness and grace of movement. It is the largest of all cats, and arguably the most beautiful. It is also one of the most endangered. Again, human encroachment into and destruction of …

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C is for Crocodiles!

Oh! So many creatures I could have blogged for the ‘C’ spot. But how could I resist crocodiles? Crocodile are always seen as baddies. It’s true that you cannot look into their eyes and feel any warmth, like you can with orangutans. Also true – they would happily chomp down on your torso, then drown …

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Fairy fly

 . Fairy flies are in fact tiny parasitic wasps, the tiniest insects discovered. This one, which lives in India, measures only 0.2mm across its wings. Fairy flies lay their eggs inside the eggs of larger insects. The wasp egg hatches into a larva, which eats the host egg before it has a chance to develop. …

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