During the winter months, large numbers of starlings visit Britain from the continent, seeking out the relative warmth of our island climate. As dusk arrives, the starlings set off for their communal roost in one of the most staggering natural spectacles of all.



A zoonosis (plural zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases) is an infectious disease caused by an infectious agent, such as a bacterium, virus, or parasite jumping from animals to a humans. The current COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent example of how impactful zoonotic diseases can be on a global scale. Habitat loss accelerates the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks in humans.



Lenticular clouds sometimes form in the downwind of hills or mountains. They are quite unusual in the British Isles but do occasionally occur. They look a lot like the traditional shape of flying saucers in science fiction, and real lenticular clouds are believed to be one of the most common explanations for UFO sightings across the world.



500 billion plastic bottles are used every year – Meaning there are 66 times as many bottles as there are humans on the planet. Bottles can last for 450 years, they will be ingested by marine life and as these plastics break down they will create thousands of floating microplastics, which are life-threatening to fish and mammals.



Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans (livestock - 60% humans 36%), Only 4% of all mammals are wild. Despite humanity’s supremacy, in terms of weight Homo sapiens collectively are puny. Viruses alone have a combined weight three times that of humans, as do worms. Fish are 12 times greater than people and fungi 200 times as large.



Honey bees steer by the sun, and use it to pass on instructions to one another. When a worker finds a fresh source of nectar it flies back to the hive and does a 'waggle dance', to communicate the position of the flower. It waggles across the comb so that the angle and length of its waggled dance tells the other bees to fly out at the same angle to the sun, and how far to fly.



Scientists and casual observers alike have known for years that ravens and their corvid relatives are extremely smart. Authors of a new study published last recently in the journal Science have found that Crows are capable of thinking about their own thoughts as they work out problems. This is a level of self-awareness previously believed to signify the kind of higher intelligence that only humans and possibly a few other mammals possess.


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