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Bird ringing in Bog Meadows

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Bird ringing in Bog Meadows Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 20 Jan 2016
Bird ringing is a world-wide method of finding out where birds migrate and how population levels change. This video shows how it works in Bog...

Can dogs read their owners' emotions?

Can dogs read their owners' emotions? Copyright free image Copyright free: RobsonMelo
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2016
Does a dog know what you're thinking? Can your dog empathise? It's possible, suggests new research.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 15 Jan 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Top tips for budding biologists

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Top tips for budding biologists Copyrighted image Copyright: Silverback films/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
In this video discover top tips from experts in biology and get a feel for whether studying biology (and an eventual career in the field) is...

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses?

Why are black and white cats black and white? And why are there piebald horses? Creative commons image Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
Striped ponies and tuxedo cats might look gorgeous - but the mutation is a mild form of a much more serious cellular defect...

The dog beyond the mirror: Experiments with dog consciousness

The dog beyond the mirror: Experiments with dog consciousness Creative commons image Pup Fan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Traditional mirror-based experiments might have sold dogs self-awareness short. New research using smell instead of sight suggests dogs might have...

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack?

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack? Creative commons image Gilles San Martin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
It's not the first time that researchers have put tiny backpacks on bees... but this time, the technology has improved.

Talking turkey: 12 facts about turkey genetics

Talking turkey: 12 facts about turkey genetics Creative commons image smarman999 under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Nov 2015
The turkey is a fascinating bird - and demands more respect than a bit of stuffing and a spot of cranberry. Ricki Lewis explains more

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 May 2015
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Evolution through natural selection

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 Apr 2014
In this free course, Evolution through natural selection, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in...

Neighbourhood nature

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Neighbourhood nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 31 Oct 2013
There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the...

Studying mammals: Life in the trees

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Sep 2013
David Attenborough looks at life in the trees: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. In this free course, Studying...

iSpot: Sharing nature

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iSpot: Sharing nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Mar 2013
This free course, iSpot: Sharing nature, provides a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in nature. It will give you the opportunity to...

Studying Darwin

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Studying Darwin Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 28 Nov 2012
This unit brings together a collection of units from the OpenLearn site that would be of interest to anyone wishing to study Darwin’s theory of...

Studying mammals: Food for thought

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Studying mammals: Food for thought Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this free course, Studying...

Studying mammals: A winning design

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This free course, Studying mammals: A...

Studying mammals: The insect hunters

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 11 Oct 2012
From pygmy shrews to armadillos, a wide range of mammals survive on a diet made up largely of insects. Many of these have fascinating adaptations...

Studying mammals: Chisellers

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Studying mammals: Chisellers Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 11 Oct 2012
Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal...