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British Garden Birdlife

Bird beak adaptations. Feeding adaptations in ...

Birds, with their incessant movement, charming habits and gay song, are a constant source of delight in the garden, and will often make it their home. In the migration season, even casual visitors can be attracted to the garden in … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by admin
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WOOD MICE: SILENT FORAGERS

Wood mouse on the way to Su Gorropu, Sardinia,...

The wood mouse is one of our commonest wild animals, yet it rarely attracts our attention as it scuttles noiselessly through the undergrowth in search of seeds and insects. The wood mouse can easily be distinguished from the house mouse … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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MARSH TIT, WILLOW TIT

Marsh and willow tits are so similar that they were not recognised as distinct species until 1900. Stuffed museum specimens showed the willow tit wasn’t a newcomer – it just hadn’t been identified before. The most fascinating thing about marsh … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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NIGHT-SINGING NIGHTINGALES

The nightingale is justly praised for its tuneful singing, but it cannot excel in all things: despite its wonderfully varied musical performance, it is an unobtrusive, dull brown bird, here for a short breeding season spent hiding in the thickets. … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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The Mammals of Deciduous Woods

Although deciduous woods can seem to be uninhabited, tucked away in the different layers of vegetation are many of our mammals, from large badgers and foxes to small mice, shrews and voles. Each has a special niche within this rich … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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FALLOW DEER-GRACEFUL GRAZERS

By the early summer the male fallow deer is growing a new set of impressive and distinctive antlers in readiness for the autumn rutting season. After this mating period, the female deer gives birth to a single fawn in the … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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ROE DEER

The roe deer, smallest of our native species, is a shy animal, hiding away for most of the time in woodland thickets. The graceful roe deer, smallest among our native species of deer, is found in most of the forested … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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Birds of deciduous woodlands

A recently fledged Fieldfare in Norway.

The towering multi-layered structure of our woodland provides, in compact form, all the essential requirements of bird life-places to roost, nest and feed. Correspondingly, woods cater for a wide diversity of birds compared with more open, less structured habitats. The … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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THE FAMILY LIFE OF THE RED FOX

Fox cubs are born deep in the earth in spring and pressure then mounts on the adult foxes to find enough food to go round the ever-hungry family. In some family groups, non-breeding vixens lend valuable assistance in rearing the … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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The tawny owl: night hunter

A tawny owl

The tawny owl is most in evidence during the hours of darkness, when its exceptional hearing, sensitive vision and noiseless flight make it a particularly effective hunter. Tawny owls are highly specialised nocturnal hunters. Although the head may seem dis … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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