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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 Green ‘Yaffle’

Adult green woodpecker feeding a juvenile.

The green woodpecker is the largest of our three British species of woodpeckers, and the most colourful. Unlike the two smaller species it is not a frequent drummer, but you can recognise its call among the trees for it sounds … Continue reading

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Woodland Nuthatch

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on bird fee...

Nuthatches look like small woodpeckers but, unlike them, can walk down trees head first, and instead of chiselling out grubs, they hunt for insects and split open nuts. Although superficially similar to our wood-peckers in its choice of habitat and … Continue reading

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Birds: Tree Trunk Climbers

Short-toed Treecreeper, an occasional visitor.

The treecreeper can be seen in woodland, spiralling up tree trunks and clinging to the bark with sharp claws. It pauses to seize insects with its fine, down-curved beak. The birdwatcher’s first impression of a treecreeper is of a small, … Continue reading

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BIRDS: WARBLERS OF THE TREE CROWN

Three warblers of the leafy treetops come to Britain in the summer to breed. They are the willow warbler, the wood warbler and the chiff-chaff. Three species of leaf warbler are found in Britain and Ireland: the willow warbler, the … Continue reading

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THE PIED FLYCATCHER

In the western oakwoods of Wales, the pied flycatcher is a familiar breeding species, and often it is the commonest bird there during the summer. But it is slowly expanding its range, especially with the help of extensive nestboxing schemes. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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