Wild Flora :: Flora Selvagem

Sometimes it is fairly easy to overlook how great it is to be outside, just exploring the places that we think we know already. One of the activities of last week’s Bioblitz was identifying wild plants next to St. Andrews harbour: it was fascinating to learn more about the local flora. Among our discoveries were…

World Oceans Day, by Creatureshire

World Oceans Day :: Dia Mundial dos Oceanos

June 8th is World Oceans Day! Oceans are as essential to human life as forests and generate most of the oxygen in planet Earth. They are also the home of countless amazing creatures, in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colours: some of them look pretty much extra-terrestrial, like the nudibranch or the jellyfish. If you…

White Rhino :: Rinoceronte Branco

Creatureshire’s jungle is welcoming a new creature, the white rhino! They have been wandering through lush savanna’s and grasslands nibbling on savoury grass. They are majestic and yet inspire some sort of serenity. The white rhinoceros has two subspecies and is part of the IUCN list of threatened species. While the southern rhinoceros is slowly…

Wandering through geology :: A passear em geologia

I love collecting things: picking leaves, flowers, pebbles, shells and fill my pockets with little pieces of nature. I like the textures, the colors and the shapes. It’s a great reminder of how amazing nature is. When I visited Harvard’s Museum of Natural History in Boston I spent quite a lot of time gazing at the…

Glass Flowers at Harvard Natural History Museum

Life-like Glass Flowers :: Flores de Vidro Realistas

This month I was lucky to spend two amazing weeks in Boston. The city is great to walk around and it has some really amazing museums and venues. One of my favourites was Harvard’s Museum of Natural History. They have incredible collections ranging from geology to local habitats. One of the collections that caught my attention was the Glass…

Seal sight :: Foca à vista

A while ago as we were walking in St. Andrews pier I noticed a funny shape on a sandbank. I thought to myself how much it looked like a seal. These were the lines that followed: Me: Look! That wood log looks like a seal. B: It does looks like a seal. Me: It moved.…

Snowdrops :: Gotas de neve

A couple of weeks ago I started noticing snowdrops peering from the ground here and there. Snowdrops (galanthus nivalis) are usually known as a sign of spring. Seeing their delicate bell shaped flowers brings me the thought of longer days, warmer and coloured by blossoming fields and gardens. And it isn’t just snowdrops that I…

Rose hips :: Frutos de roseira

Autumn has been showing its first signs for a while… there were berries everywhere and flowers became fruits in the trees. One of the things that caught my attention was the rosehips from wild roses. The ruby and orange tones shone in the light through the green leaves just like precious jewels. It made complete…