Red Arrows at Yeovilton Airshow

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Spring at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is home to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s 120-acre waterbird reserve, boasting the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks.

 

Pictish Symbol Stones

The National Museum of Scotland has a wonderful collection of Pictish symbol stones; monumental stelae carved by the Pictish inhabitants of Scotland during the 6th-9th centuries.

Pictish symbol stone showing a goose and a fish, Pictish, from Easterton of Roseisle, Moray, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone showing a boar from Dores, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of schist with crescent and double discs from Fiscovuig, Skye, Scotland 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of rough sandstone with the incised figure of a bull, Pictish, from Burghead, Moray, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone sculptured on both sides with incised figure of a crescent, from South Ronaldsay, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of granite, with circles and square-shaped figures, from Strome Shunnamal, Benbecula, Inverness-shire, 500-800 AD.
Pictish symbol stone from Scotland, 500-800 AD

 

The Ballachulish Figure, an Iron Age Sculpture

The Ballachulish Figure 

The mysterious Ballachulish figure is a roughly life-sized figure of a girl or goddess, carved from a single piece of alder, with pebbles for eyes. It was found in 1880, in Ballachulish, in Inverness-shire, Scotland and dates to the Iron Age, around 600 BC. The wooden sculpture was found in a bog overlooking the entrance to a sea loch, covered by the remains of a wickerwork structure.

Skeletons from the Natural History Museum

Whales: Beneath the Surface was the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the new entrance hall, where childhood favourite Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. It was open to the public from 14 July 2017 until 28 February 2018.

Pakicetus skeleton cast, Natural History Museum
Pakicetus skeleton cast, 50 million year old earliest ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen used to filter feed, Natural History Museum