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Hidden BRITAIN
Beachcombing is one of life’s great pleasures – you never quite know what you might find. One creature always worth looking out for is the diminutive blue-rayed limpet, Patella pellucida. Very different to its more familiar conical cousins in rockpoo
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New National Parks And AONB To Be Designated
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed the Government to creating new national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as part of its plan to increase the area of England protected for nature to 30 per cent by 2030. The announcemen
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min gelesenBiology
Conservation Ignores ‘Ugly’ Animals
WHEN IT COMES to dishing out conservation funds, the authorities favour photogenic species – especially mammals and birds. At least, that’s what many scientists have long complained. Now the suspicion of systemic funding bias has been backed up by a
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min gelesenTechnology & Engineering
The Future’s Bright
Nature-inspired solutions and technological fixes are known as biomimicry. Now the blue-rayed limpet, small and insignificant though it may be, might well prove to be the inspiration behind a new kind of colour-selective, controllable screen. By embe
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Room For A Little One
It was a typical North American winter night. The wind howled outdoors. Trying to fall asleep, I thought how cold and lonely it is to be outside during such a night. Lucky are those animals who have found a den or hollow, but what about those who did
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Your Photos
Enter our Your Photos competition at discoverwildlife. com/submit-your-photos The weir on the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, always provides spectacular views of the Atlantic salmon heading upstream to spawn. I photograph the fish every yea
BBC Wildlife Magazine2 min gelesenNature
On Thin Ice 2019
SVEN ZACEK is a wildlife photographer based in Estonia. zacekfoto.ee Achingly cold winds from the Arctic and Russia sweep across Estonia, causing daytime temperatures to plummet into minus figures well into spring. Sven had risen early, searching fo
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Choice Locations
1 Wykeham Forest in North Yorkshire, just north of the A170, gives spectacular views across the forests of Dalby, Broxa and Langdale, with a range of raptors seen here in spring. 2 Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire lies in the heart of an area known
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The Expert View
Ploughshare tortoises are unique to Baly Bay in north-west Madagascar. The global pet trade has ravaged the population of the world’s rarest tortoise. Fortunately, since 1986 the conservation breeding programme led by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Tr
BBC Wildlife Magazine6 min gelesenNature
Edges Of Existence
I am talking to James Wallace, CEO of the Beaver Trust, but we are not talking about beavers, we are talking about buffer strips. Wallace is quite animated about them, so much so that beavers hardly get a mention. The Beaver Trust is all about the la
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On The Edge Of Extinction
Thank you, Mark Carwardine, for your recent article regarding our terrifying situation and the sixth mass extinction of life that we are observing (My way of thinking, December 2020). It is so good to see that the truth is, at last, starting to be se
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At Home
Take a look behind the scenes of London’s much-loved Natural History Museum. “Welcome to the Natural History Museum as you’ve never seen it before,” says the narrator of this new four-part series. While many viewers will have visited the museum (NHM
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In Numbers
200+ little tern chicks fledged at Blakeney Point on the Norfolk coast in the best breeding season for 25 years. 58 blue whales were sighted off South Georgia last year, marking their return after near extinction in the 20th century. £2.5 million Nat
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MYTH vs REALITY
The idea that lemmings commit suicide by jumping off cliffs, or drowning themselves in the sea or lakes, is completely false. The myth originated from the award-winning 1958 Disney film White Wilderness, in which the producers sensationalised the an
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Wild Stream
A one-off programme focusing on Welsh wildlife at night. BBC iPlayer, available until December 2021 Zoologist Lucy Cooke examines what gives some species the evolutionary edge over rivals. BBC Radio 4, bit.ly/R4ThePowerOf Naturalist Lucy Hodson expla
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Andrew Gray Curator Of Herpetology At Manchester Museum
It may seem a strange career journey to have left school aged 15 with a certificate in motor mechanics and eventually end up running a vivarium with an internationally important collection of Costa Rican frogs, but that is the one undertaken by Andre
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min gelesenBiology
Bioluminescence: How Does It Work?
In general, bioluminescent animals are able to produce light thanks to a chemical reaction between luciferin (a molecule), luciferase (an enzyme) and oxygen.  The luciferase is a catalyst, allowing the oxygen to combine with the luciferin. As a resul
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Mark Carwardine
I was reprimanded by a friend recently (someone who’s been working in conservation for almost as long as I have – he’s not quite as old) for using the term ‘conservation’. I hadn’t really thought about it before. After all, I’ve been bandying the wor
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Over The Fence
One way to create a buffer strip is to fence off an area to prevent livestock from entering. But this can be expensive and unsightly. Plus, some light ‘conservation’ grazing can be beneficial. Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could train cows to only graze
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Sahara The Forgotten Ecosystem
People often ask why I’d want to photograph wildlife in the Sahara. Well, I have always felt drawn towards vast open spaces, but I also enjoy tackling difficult subjects neglected by other photographers, and telling their stories. As ecosystems, dese
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min gelesenBiology
The People Behind Our Stories
The biologist shares his story of documenting wildlife in the Sahara. “Deserts are hugely underrated – yet they are as equally deserving of the attention lavished on tropical rainforests,” he says. See p40 The family life of great crested grebes has
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BBC Wildlife Magazine6 min gelesenBiology
Living Lightbulbs
The first time you spot a glow-worm, you might do a double-take. Its eerie yellow-green light seems so alien, it almost doesn’t look like something that belongs on planet Earth. In the UK, you’re most likely to see the common glow-worm, found across
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Conservation In The Sahara
Founded in 2004, the Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) is the only organisation dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in the Sahara and the Sahel (a vast semi-arid region south of the Sahara), and promoting this cause across the globe. Aiming to sav
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Species To Look Out For
Individuals spotted in February or March will all be recently emerged queens. It is their buff-coloured tail for which the species is named; confusingly, the workers have white posteriors. There is also a yellow collar, with another yellow band on th
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On Our Website
Learn how to make a bee hotel in this guide by wildlife gardener Kate Bradbury. Plus, what to look for if you’re buying one: discoverwildlife.com/bee-hotel Hawthorn and blackthorn look very similar and can be hard to tell apart. Our expert guide from
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Mixed Fortunes For Europe’s Breeding Birds
The first survey of Europe’s breeding bird populations for 23 years presents a rosier picture than you might have expected. The second European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA) shows that 35 per cent of all native bird species have increased their breeding
BBC Wildlife Magazine3 min gelesenNature
Wild Month
Some insects seem to get all the love – bees, butterflies and dragonflies especially. Flies, not so much. But in March, there is a fly that stands out for its attractiveness and fascinating lifestyle. What’s more, it is abundant and widespread throug
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Mike Dilger’s Wildlife Watching
Say it quietly, but a walk in the woods can be terribly quiet when it comes to wildlife in March. Nature aside, there is of course great joy and solace to be taken from a stroll among the trees. However, for those for whom wildlife spotting is their
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Desert Superblooms
The frequency and distribution of rainfall is critical to the vegetation and animals of the Sahara. Unexpectedly high rainfall can trigger a phenomenon called a ‘superbloom’. If enough water falls, then it may awaken seeds that have remained dormant
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