What on earth?! Learn the lingo with Vivara.

What on earth?!


New to the world of wildlife? Baffled by fancy words and unusual terms?

You've come to the right place.

Check out our Vivara Index below and de-bunk the words of wildlife.


  • Alchemilla Mollis
    Otherwise known as the 'Lady's Mantle', is part of the rose family and a type of perennial. It has soft hairy green leaves with small yellow and green flowers.
  • Aphid
    An Aphid is a small insect known for sucking sap from plants, trees and shrubs. You might have heard of some, such as a greenfly or blackfly!
  • Arachnids
    Arachnids are joint-legged invertebrates such as spiders, ticks or mites.


  • Perennial
    The term 'perennial' simply means a plant that lives for longer than two years. It's often used to differentiate from other plants that don't live for as long.
  • Pollen
    Pollen is a yellow substance that is produced by the male part of a flower. Each granule of pollen can fertilise the female part of a plant, made possible by various insects, wind and animals transporting the pollen between each plant.
  • Pollination
    Pollination is an act, whereby pollen from a plant or flower is transfered to another plant or flower and enable fertilisation to take place. This act allows plants and flowers to re-produce.
  • Pruning
    Pruning is when you trim or cut away dead and overgrown branches or stems to encourage growth.