Armchair Naturalist

While there's no replacement for experiencing nature in real life, our new Armchair Naturalist corner is a place for kids to read about the latest news and stories about the fascinating world of wildlife and nature.

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Josh Davis, Natural History Museum | October 4, 2019 A new report has found that the UK’s wildlife is continuing to crash, with hundreds of species at risk of disappearing. The report was compiled by scientists, researchers and conservationists from across the UK and has found that, over the past 50 years, urbanization, agriculture, pollution...
MARY JO DILONARDO,  MNN | September 30, 2019 The majority of birds migrate at night. In this piece experts discuss the advantages of night migration to the bird including safety from predators and better air and temperature conditions. Read more
Katie Stacey, National Geographic, September 18, 2019 A zebra foal named Tira with a dark coat and white polka dots was spotted in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve by photographer Frank Liu. The foal has a condition called pseudomelanism, a rare genetic mutation in which animals display some sort of abnormality in their stripe pattern Read more
Leoma Williams, Discover Wildlife | September 17, 2019 Researchers at London’s Natural History Museum have identified two brand new species of giant salamander using DNA taken from specimens collected in the early 20th century, one of which is thought to be the world’s biggest amphibian. Read more
Natural History Museum | September 9, 2019 For 55 years, photographers have showcased their work in the Natural History Museum, London’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. You can explore this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition images selected by a panel of international experts from almost 50,000 entries by the world’s best photographers. Read more
Batcon | April 8, 2019 Bat species around the world are threatened by a range of human-related activities and require expanded research and data collection for better protection. In a released paper titled “A review of the major threats and challenges to global bat conservation” in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences,...