• Watery wonders

    How gorgeous is this bird? Kingfisher photographed at RSPB Rye Meads by Peter HewittTwo new reports have shed new light on life on earth. The first claims to have found the world's oldest living organism and the second writes off that old phrase... 'there are plenty more fish in the sea'.

    The Mediteranean Sea is home to a organism that DNA testing dates as being 200,000 years old. It's a sea grass commonly found in underwater meadows in an area spanning more than 2,000 miles, from Spain…

    • 8 Feb 2012
  • I am not a bird

    Tread lightly over the earthCoots, moorhens, mallard, swans, geese, pigeons, crows, grey herons and even a couple of smew dotted the ice covering Regent's Park's lakes yesterday morning.

    They all seemed happy enough and some poked their heads under water through holes in the ice. Sometimes I wish I was a bird. That I could perch high-up in a tree or on a tall building. Sadly I've not got a good head for heights. I also shiver at the thought…

    • 7 Feb 2012