Student

Having graduated last year, Helen Burch finds that student life is a little different from the other side of the fence

Baked Jersey Royals with lobster

Serves 18-20 as a snack or canapé

Built by Animals, By Mike Hansell

Chatty yet profoundly learned, Hansell challenges our anthropomorphic wonder at animal structures ("We are builders and that leads us to admire other builders") while revealing the extraordinary "structural complexity" of mud shrimp burrows and badgers' setts.

Tacos with prawns

Serves 4

The compassionate guide to catching a crab

The timeless summer pursuit of dangling a hook laced with morsels of bacon over the harbour side in the hope of luring a hungry crab has been a rite of passage for generations of children visiting Norfolk's celebrated seaside villages.

Crab claws with chilli oil

Allow 2 crab claws per person

Bush escapes a royal roasting

Midsummer House, Cambridge

Graduating with style

Food for thought: Are prawns really pink?

In the US they're called "shrimp", in India "prawn" and in the UK they're named according to size. However, no matter what you call them, one fact remains: they only go pink when boiled.

Rural: A sting in the tale of the crayfish

When thousands of crayfish were found dead in the river Avon, sheep dip was immediately suspected.

Crayfish make for Skye

Plans to grow freshwater crayfish at Skye's only whisky distillery could give the phrase "a wee nip" a new meaning. A group of farmers is aiming to use the hot water and barley grains from Talisker malt production to produce fast-growing crayfish for the Scandinavian sea-food market. The shellfish grow to around four inches and look like small lobsters. Project leader Doug McLeod said: "The Finns have been trying to farm crayfish in ponds for years but the water freezes every winter. As a result the crayfish ... take up to seven years to reach market size." United Distillers, which owns the plant at Carbost in southwest Skye, has initially welcomed the plan, and has offered spent barley grains as food.

Bignall finds net for Shrimps

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