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Take on Nature: St Mark’s Fly

Stephen Colton
AROUND this time every year as spring asserts itself with warming skies, we experience the sudden appearance of long, irksome shiny black flies hanging in the air drifting along with their legs dangling underneath.

Co Down taxidermist Ingrid Houwers provides a close-up look at nature

PAINTING a glass eye for a deer, collecting a road kill animal left in a bag on her back door, individually attaching feathers with a pair of tweezers to a bird of prey, introducing a blind child to a fox for the first time in their life or bringing furs or skulls to the set of Game of Thrones – it's all in a day's work for 31-year-old Ingrid Houwers.

Take on Nature: Why the kingfisher is known as 'the halcyon bird'

Stephen Colton
LAST weekend as I ambled alongside the river which flows under the bridge through the town of Kesh (Ceis in Irish, meaning wicker bridge) Co Fermanagh, I saw the distinctive, azure blue of a flying Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, fizzing rapidly across the slow moving water.

China sees sharp drop in ivory prices

Tom Odula
THE price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in it later this year, a leading elephant conservation group has said in a new report.

Turtle found with 1,000 coins in stomach dies

Kaweewit Kaewjinda
A 25-year-old green sea turtle in Thailand, which swallowed hundreds of coins thrown by tourists seeking luck and longevity, has died two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from her stomach.

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