17th October 2018
Established 1872. Online since 1996.

Posts tagged with Jill Slee Blackadder

Bee survives three-month stay in jam jar

Bee survives three-month stay in jam jar

01/05/2009, by in

Some time ago in Unst, Frances Wilson dug up a live bumblebee. It was a fine day in January and she was getting ahead with a bit of gardening work. The bee was a surprise and also a worry. It was miles too early to set it free. The first cold night would probably have finished it off. So she made a ... Read more...

Sound of the flight of the bumblebee

Sound of the flight of the bumblebee

10/04/2009, by in

Humming is good for you. There is something wonderfully calming and reassuring about it. It can help you get to sleep when insomnia strikes, soothes the spasms of indigestion from eating on the hoof and reduces stress. Bees do it all the time, though in fact their humming is a by-product of their fl... Read more...

Ancient woodlands lie buried, but trees return

Ancient woodlands lie buried, but trees return

03/04/2009, by in

Shetland seems bare and bleak to many visitors. Glaciated sloping hills, exposed cliffs and miles of moorland contrast with familiar comfortable landscapes of tree lined roads, hedges and woods, Scottish forests and tall, tree filled public parks. It is hard for them to picture the thick brush wood,... Read more...

A convincing nest out of funny leaves

A convincing nest out of funny leaves

20/03/2009, by in

Readers may remember the “stick with legs” which neighbours’ child­ren brought round a short while ago. The curiosity turned out to be a Cad­dis fly larva, in its little handmade crafty house. We had a lot of fun finding out about it, and then we all said “goodbye”. I thought that was th... Read more...