'Sea fairy' by T A Stephenson FRS, 1935

Fairytale of Aberystwyth

19 December 2013 by

Christmas is the traditional time for fairytales, from Peter Pan to The Nutcracker, and I’ve just discovered another fairy-story from looking…

Swan marks of Lincolnshire (detail)

‘All up!’

17 July 2013 by

I’m always a little nervous around swans. This stems from when I was 11 years old and out on a…

Periphylla mirabilis, by Ernst Haeckel

The kraken wakes

17 June 2013 by

I recently read the excellent Kraken by China Miéville. Set in and around London with a Natural History Museum curator…