Here be Dragons!

Dragons do not only populate the myths and legends of the past, but also the world around us.

Komodo dragon with tongue out

Zoology PhD student Tom Jameson takes us on a journey of discovery with the world's largest reptiles.

Recycled Make Challenge

 There are many materials, containers and items that we put into the recycle bin. While recycling is one way to look after our planet, they can also make excellent crafting materials.

The natural world also provides us with some excellent crafting ingredients. Discover new colours and textures by collecting these up during a walk or in your garden.

The tips below will help you to get started…

Make a Humpback Whale

Normally found in the krill-rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, the humpback whale swims up to 25,000 km per year, including to warmer waters to breed and give birth.

The seasonally-changing songs of male humpbacks echo through the ocean waters. Measuring up to 16m in length and weighing 25-30 tonnes, these large mammals eat krill, which they filter out of the water through hair-like bristles in their mouth called baleen. They are incredibly agile, often swimming near the surface, where they fluke and breach.

Penguin Origami

It’s estimated that there are about 20 million penguins in Antarctica. When it’s really cold they huddle together to keep warm. The most extreme huddle ever recorded was 19 Emperor penguins within a square metre!

Have a go at making your own penguin. All you need is some paper, and a pen for drawing on the eyes.

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Make a narwhal

The narwhal is a relative of the beluga whale. Both types of whale are medium sized and live in Arctic waters all year round. They are sometimes called unicorns of the sea because of their long spiralled tusk.

This pack includes a pattern to download and step by step instructions for making your own narwhal.

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Make a bee rainbow

Nobody knows exactly what the world looks like to a bee but one thing’s for sure, everything looks very different to how we see them. 

Download this activity to find out about bee vision and make a special rainbow using only the colours bees can see. Display in your window to spread a bit of joy and say thank you to all the wonderful NHS staff and key workers.