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Studying Mammals

Welcome to OpenLearn’s ‘Studying Mammals’ series. This collection of 10 free courses covers everything from the largest to the smallest of mammals, their eating habits and social interactions.

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In your garden: Birds and nesting boxes article icon

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In your garden: Birds and nesting boxes

Vicky Johnson explores why birds need nesting boxes and how you can create one to help the birds in your garden.

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A bird on the edge: the story of the chough and how it speaks for people article icon

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A bird on the edge: the story of the chough and how it speaks for people

Dr Andy Morris looks at one of the less familiar members of the crow family - the chough. Is there a connection between this bird and Celtic speaking areas? 

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Why do birds eat plastic?

The photos of birds killed by bellies full of plastic waste are harrowing - but why do they eat the stuff in the first place? The OU's Miranda Dyson explains.

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Surviving the winter

In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the demands of a fluctuating environment in quite different ways. As cyclic variations are a widespread feature of environments, the range of adaptations to them is an important source of biological diversity.

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Make a bird house

The total area of garden space in the UK is probably greater than that of all the nation's nature reserves. Converting just a small section of your garden into a breeding place for birds can make a small but significant contribution to the survival of bird species.

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Talking turkey: 12 facts about turkey genetics article icon

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Talking turkey: 12 facts about turkey genetics

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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The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster article icon

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The struggle to save the seabirds after the Torrey Canyon disaster

Fifty years ago [March 1967] the Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, splilling over 100 million litres of crude oil into the sea. To mark the anniversary, we're reproducing an article from WWT's Wildfowl magazine, where Dr J V Beer explains how the RSPCA and WWT tried to rehabilitate wildlife caught in the disaster.

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How are drones keeping track of songbirds? article icon

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How are drones keeping track of songbirds?

Keeping track on bird populations? It's the perfect task for a drone. Mary Bates reports.

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Rathlin Island and Lough Neagh

Learn about seabirds in enormous numbers, the changing appearance of the landscape as plant species changed with the changing temperatures and a relict fish that’s being conserved by local volunteers.

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Bird ringing in Bog Meadows

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 Meadows, a city nature reserve a few metres from the M1 motorway in Northern Ireland.

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Weaver bird nests

Dr Dieter Oschadleus explains how and why weaver birds build their nests the way they do.

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