Five of the UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was extremely unusual. Despite the British countryside’s genteel reputation there are a surprisingly large amount of poisonous plants growing both in the wild and in gardens. Some just cause discomfort, but others have the potential to kill. Here are five to watch out for. Wolfsbane Wolfsbane belongs to the plant genus Aconitum, a group…

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Where Did It All Go Wrong on Everest This Season

As the climbing season on Mount Everest comes to an end, there is no denying that this year has been historic in more ways than one. Let’s take a quick look: There has been a record-breaking number of climbers and Sherpas reaching the summit this year at more than 825. Records were also broken in the number of permits that were issued by the Nepalese government with 381 being issued. There was also a four-year…

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Using Plantain as a Healing Herb

Plantain is actually considered a weed by many gardeners but is actually a herb and it thrives in compacted soil, growing from cracks in the sidewalk and can be found in lawns around the world. What many gardeners do not seem to understand is that this so called “weed” actually has many health benefits. These “weeds” have been used for centuries for both food and as a healing herb to heal all kinds of things…

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3 Ways to Tell the Time Without a Watch

Being able to tell the time without a watch is a valuable skill to have in our opinion. When we head out on an extended trip it is easy to pull our phone out when we need to know the time but what if we lose or break our phone? Luckily for us, there are methods that we can use to tell the time and we are going to be looking at three of those…

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When Animals Attack 5: The Cassowary

Since starting our ‘When Animals Attack’ series I have been sent many emails and tweets suggesting animals that you’d like to see featured. So far we have looked at the Nile Crocodile, the King Cobra, Elephants, and The Box Jellyfish. Today we are going to be looking at the Cassowary. I was sent a link to an article on the Washington Post about a 75-year-old man in Florida who was killed by a Cassowary last…

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