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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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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

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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

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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

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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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