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Christmas card from 1926 showing Thomas Hardy and his dog in the snow.

A very happy Hardy Christmas!

The Wessex Museums team would like to wish a very happy Christmas and New Year to all our colleagues, volunteers, donors, supporters and social media followers.  Thank you for all

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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