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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

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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

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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

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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

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BADGERS: EXCAVATORS OF THE WOODLANDS

Badgers spend most of the day out of sight – underneath a sloping hillside covered with plenty of undergrowth. Inside this hidden lair they are either resting or busy digging to improve and enlarge their chambers and passages. At dusk … Continue reading

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Birds: Waders of the woodlands

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Bird watchers who know the woodcock as a shy retiring woodland bird are often surprised to learn that it is a wader, closely related to shore birds such as the curlew and sandpipers. The similarity is seen most clearly in … Continue reading

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THE GREY SQUIRREL

The talents of the grey squirrel, one of the most acrobatic of British mammals, are best displayed in its natural habitat -our broad-leaved woodlands. It is hardly surprising that the grey squirrel makes its home in wooded areas since its … Continue reading

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Woodland Hawks: Sparrowhawk and GosHawk

Male Sparrowhawk with his House Sparrow kill: ...

These two hawks – the supreme predators of our woodlands – are swift, silent and deadly in the hunt, specialising in the techniques of close encounter and surprise attack. The sparrowhawk is well distributed throughout our more heavily wooded counties … Continue reading

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Birdwatching: The Acorn Loving Jay

Jays, our most handsome and distinctive members of the crow family, are shy birds and you never find them far away from trees. In autumn they are busy collecting acorns. The jay belongs to the crow family, but it has … Continue reading

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Woodland Drummer Birds

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker, (Dendrocopos major)

You can tell a spotted woodpecker by its frenzied activity even before you come close enough to recognise its brilliant colouring. Its persistent drumming against wood to attract a mate and proclaim territory is unique among British birds. The great … Continue reading

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