A very common and widespread bird in the British Isles, the interesting thing is that its song varies in dialect with regional species having their own versions (RSPB). Usually a ground feeder favouring seeds and insects.
This snake is on Aquidneck Island at a nature sanctuary where I work. We have a very well documented population of garter snakes, but not ribbon snakes (island effect). The scale is difficult to tell in this photo, but it was pretty large.
The largest of the UK paridae family. These ones look like they have had more luck finding caterpillars to give them their yellow plumage. Information kindly provided by Malcolm wilton Jones. The bird in the first photo has a sunflower seed in its beak making it look an odd shape.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.