the wwf’s living planet report 2014, which discovered that we’ve lost half of all the world’s wildlife in the past fourty years, showed more specifically that the population of common dormice dropped by 43 percent between 1993 and 2010.

not only are dormice vulnerable to habitat loss, but they’re hesitant to cross open fields, and the grubbing out of hedgerows in recent decades has removed the wildlife corridors between woods that has allowed the dormice to move more freely to new habitat.  

dormice have very specialized diets of berries and nuts, and with less habitat they are unable to seek out enough food to fatten up before their six month hibernation (which was featured in these two posts). 

photos by (click pic) andrea zampatti, richard austin xmiroslav hlávkobengt lundberg, david kjaer and ingo ardnt

(via grim-haystack)


Share a Halloween e-card with your friends! Meet our spooky stars, from goblin sharks to ghost shrimp. 

these are fantastic!


Idea for a horror movie:

It is the distant future. Multinational corporations are pumping toxic gasses into the atmosphere, unchecked at unbelievable volumes. Forests are being wiped out at phenomenal rates, resulting in erosion of huge areas of land; whole continents are being washed into the oceans, whose levels are rising and whose waters are acidifying, burning alive the flora and fauna that inhabit them. Global temperatures are on the rise. The ice caps are vanishing. Animal populations have diminished by 50% already and are still dropping at incredible rates. Diseases ravage poverty-stricken Western Africa, and are spreading into other parts of the world faster than they can be controlled. Tens of thousands of people die every day because they don’t have access to water or food, having been left in the dust by greedy western ‘civilisations’, whose economies are built on bankrupting their only hope for a future: their own student populations, and whose governments spend more money on campaigning for elections than foreign aid.

I call it… Today.


Hehuanshan Mountains Seasons by Thunderbolt_TW

(via acornwitch)

Cardiff Bay on Flickr.

Cardiff Bay on Flickr.

Cardiff Bay on Flickr.

Cardiff Bay on Flickr.