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Nightingales

Nightingales

by Chris ~ 16 May, 2010 ~ 9 comments

Nightingales are migratory birds and fly into the U.K. in the Spring, having spent the winter in Africa. The nightingale is particularly well known for its song; (a wma file of which can be found here).  However, not everybody in the UK is likely to hear them singing.  It is not found in Scotland or Wales, and in other places its numbers have fallen quite dramatically.  It is now mainly found in the South-East, especially Kent, Sussex, Suffolk and Norfolk. A sighting is unlikely; nightingales are shy, drab brown birds who seek the dense vegetation described below. Read more...

How to Sharpen a Knife

How to Sharpen a Knife

by catherine ~ 6 March, 2009 ~ comments welcome

Justin gives advice and safety tips on knife sharpening in the latest of the Woodlands TV Survival Series. Read more...

Climate Change, Carbon and Woods

Climate Change, Carbon and Woods

by Sandy ~ 21 March, 2008 ~ 4 comments

Just about everyone now believes that climate change is happening, that this is due to an increase in greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, and that we are the main cause. The most important GHG is carbon dioxide and trees have a key role to play because they capture CO2 from the air during photosynthesis and store carbon as they grow.   Between 15% and 30% of a tree (by volume) is carbon, the figure depending on wood density and moisture content. After felling, carbon continues to be locked up in wood products and is eventually returned to the atmosphere through decay or combustion. Read more...

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