Posts for Animals

Five ways to help your pets cope with fireworks

Pixabay, CC BY-SA Jacqueline Boyd, Nottingham Trent University Fireworks can be a spectacular addition to many of our annual celebrations. But sadly they can cause serious distress to our pets. Many animals show an instinctive fear response to sudden and unexpected loud noises. The bangs, crackling and whistling sounds made […]

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As autumn approaches here’s why we see more spiders in our houses and why wasps are desperate for sugar

Spider’s webs have been used as an indicator of winter weather through the ages, but this is not backed up by research. Charlie Goodall/Shutterstock Elizabeth Duncan, University of Leeds and Thomas Dally, University of Leeds The tell-tale signs that autumn is here are clear to us; the days are getting […]

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Five ways to help your dog live a longer, healthier life

Golden years. tetiana_u/ Shutterstock Jacqueline Boyd, Nottingham Trent University As anyone who has ever lived with a dog will know, it often feels like we don’t get enough time with our furry friends. Most dogs only live around ten to 14 years on average – though some may naturally live […]

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Nine things you don’t know about seahorses

Many seahorses mate for life, and males are always pregnant. Steven L Gordon/Shutterstock Mark Tupper, University of Portsmouth Seahorses have long been a popular attraction in public aquariums, but they remain mysterious. They are a fish with a difference in that they swim in an upright, vertical position. They have […]

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Animal sentience bill is necessary for the UK to be a true world leader in animal welfare

alanisko/Shutterstock Steven McCulloch, University of Winchester The UK has a proud history as a leader in animal welfare, passing one of the world’s first animal protection laws in 1822, to prevent the cruel treatment of cattle. While such laws have continued to improve – the Animal Welfare Act 2006 introduced […]

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Male jackdaws don’t hang around to console their mates

I see a lot of jackdaws around Crooklets and other parts of Bude. Fascinating, cocky little corvids, but their behaviour leaves something to be desired, according to Exeter University, for male jackdaws don’t stick around to console their mate after a traumatic experience, the new research shows. Jackdaws usually mate […]

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I listened to animals’ hearts to reveal their hidden emotional worlds

Tom Wang/Shutterstock Claudia Wascher, Anglia Ruskin University It’s not only humans who feel emotions. In his 1872 book, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin described a range of “innate” and “evolved” emotions in dogs, cats, chimpanzees, swans and other non-human animals. But animals can’t verbally […]

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What goes on at the bird feeder …

One activity that is guaranteed to perk me up on a grey dull Sunday is to watch the birds at my bird feeding station. I am always amazed at how well the different types tend to get on, but if I watch them for long enough there is a definite […]

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British and French hen charities team up to highlight hen welfare

As Britain left the EU, one British charity started up a brand new affiliation with French charity to highlight laying hen welfare A UK Charity, The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has announced its affiliation with a newly-formed French animal welfare charity, Champs Libres aux Poules (CLaP), to further its […]

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Garden bird feeders are boosting blue tit numbers – but leaving other species hungry

JGade/Shutterstock Jack Shutt, Manchester Metropolitan University I’ve filled feeders with seeds and nuts since I was a child and I’ve always loved seeing which birds arrive. I’m not alone – around half of all UK households do the same nowadays, spending £250 million on 150,000 tonnes of bird food each […]

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