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Golden Eagle

Background The Golden Eagle is a large majestic bird known for being one of the world’s most efficient avian predators. They have excellent eyesight and is able to fly at approximately 150 mph, making it one of the fastest animals in the world. Habitat The Golden Eagle can be found across the northern hemisphere, however […]

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Basking Shark

Background The second biggest fish in the world; the Basking Shark gets its name from it tendency to be found near the water’s surface where it appears to ‘bask’ in the sun. It has a dull-greyish colour areas of blotchy skin spread across the surface of the animal. Habitat It is a migratory species that […]

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Red Deer

Background The Red Deer is one of the largest deer species, and is Britain’s largest native land mammal. Red deer are territorial creatures, however rather than using their antlers to fight, they use “roaring” and walking parallel to one another to size each other up. Habitat The red deer is found all throughout Europe and […]

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Atlantic Puffin

Background It is not hard to see why these birds are sometimes referred to as the “parrot of the sea”, the shocking orange and black bill of this species is one of the clearest identifications within the animal kingdom. The Atlantic Puffin can dive up to 60 meters in order to capture prey. Habitat Puffins […]

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Eurasian Otter

Background Despite being such a lovable carnivore, the Eurasian Otter is classified as “Near Threatened” by the IUCN due to a declining population over the last 40 years. This has steadied and the decline is not as drastic as it was over the last 23 years. The IUCN status has been described as precautionary. Habitat […]

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Bottlenose Dolphin

Background One of the most lovable creatures of the sea. The Bottlenose Dolphin can be found in the UK for most of the year around the west coasts of Wales and the east coasts of Scotland. This species is highly intelligent and uses pack hunting techniques and “clicks” to communicate with one another. Habitat This […]

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Badger

Background The Badger is a short legged member of the Carnivora family. The European Badger species is nocturnal and omnivorous, meaning that they feed at night, on both plant matter and on other animals. During the day, Badgers live and sleep in burrows, called setts. Habitat Europe wide, primarily found within woodlands, though they are […]

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Harbour Seal

Background The Harbour Seal is one of only two seal species found within the UK. It can easily be identified by its distinctive V-shaped nostrils. Their colour can vary from a grey, brown or tan. Habitat At present there are 5 different subspecies of Harbour Seal, each with their own niche habitat. This ranges across […]

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Ballan Wrasse

Background The Ballan Wrasse is perhaps one of the most flamboyant species of fish found within the British Isles. It is found in an array of different colours that one would expect to see on a tropical coral reef instead of the cooler waters around the North West Atlantic. It is heavy bodied with a […]

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Common Sunstar

Background The Common Sunstar is a species of starfish with 8-14 arms that are lined with very small tube feet that are used to manouvre the animal as well as to grasp onto prey. It has a reddish pink colour with distinct bands of white, pink, yellow or dark red as well as a blunt […]

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Common Sea Urchin

Background The Common Sea Urchin is a globular shaped animal that is encased in a crystalline exoskeleton and covered in long spines. These spines can deliver painful stings to humans, though these are generally not too serious. Habitat Common throughout most coasts of the British Isles, with a notable absence along the East coasts of […]

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Undulate Ray

Background The Undulate Ray gets its name from the multiple dark lines on top of the animal that give the impression of undulatory movements.  Small spines run down the centre of the animal along the whole tail, contrary to popular belief the ray has no stinging capability. Habitat Despite being found in temperate water, it […]

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Long-Snouted Seahorse

Background The Long-Snouted Seahorse is a slender and bizzare looking fish is one of two species of seahorse found within the UK’s waters. Its colour can range between, green, yellow and brown, often accompanied by white speckles.  Their appeance is well adapted to providing them with excellent camoflauge, being able to effectively hide from predators. […]

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Manx Shearwater

Background The Manx Shearwater is a medium sized bird with long straight wings and small hidden legs that allow it to live most of its life in the air. Related to the Wandering Albatross, it is known for its extensive migrations that span thousands of miles. Habitat The bird spends the majority of its time […]

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Moon Jellyfish

Background The Moon Jellyfish is recognisable by the four crescent shaped ringlets, which can be pink or violet in colour. These structures are the animals’ gonads, which it uses to reproduce. The rest of the body, also known as the umbrella, is translucent. There are a number of closely related species of Moon Jellyfish and […]

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European Spider Crab

Background The European Spider Crab alternates its colours between breeding and non-breeding seasons. They appear as a red colour during breeding season and a light orange or brownish colour during non-breeding seasons. The whole body of these animals are covered in small bumps and spines. Habitat They are found in the Mediterranean Sea, primarily on the […]

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Common Mole

Background The Common Mole is very easy to identify as they are generally fairly small with the female being the smallest of the two sexes. Their eyes are small and cannot be seen as they tend to be hidden behind masses of dark grey fur and they do not have clear visible ears, their ears […]

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Red Fox

Background The Red Fox is the largest of the true foxes and is easily distinguishable by its red coat, hence the name. They also have a long slender body, with long black legs and a long bushy tail with a white tip. Habitat The environments in which red foxes inhabit include: forests, mountains, grassy areas […]

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Père David’s Deer

Background The Père David’s Deer have unique antlers, which point backwards but stand tall, these antlers are what make them so  easy to identify. Along with another distinguishable feature being their relatively long tail. Habitat Père David’s Deer are now extinct within the wild so are only now found in captive environments around the world. […]

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House Martin

Background The House Martin can be identified by its obscure steel blue colouring on its back and head with a white undercarriage. They are small birds and both male and female sexes look very much alike. Habitat House Martins love the open country with a water source. However, they can also be seen nesting in […]

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Barn Swallow

Background The most distinguishable part of the Barn Swallow is their tail, known as a “swallow tail” as it is forked. They can also be identified by their steel blue colouring on top and red colouring elsewhere. Habitat The clue is in the name, Barn Swallows find barns and other open structures a great place […]

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Pied Flycatcher

Background A small fly catching species the Pied Flycatcher shows something called sexual dimorphism. This is where their appearance differs between males and females. The males of the species are dark brown with a white breast plumage and a white spot on the head. The females are a lighter brown. The Collared Flycatcher is very similar […]

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Buzzard

Background The most common bird of prey within Britain, the Buzzard is a medium to large sized bird with rounded wings. These birds vary in colour between individuals, however adults can be identified via the darkish brown plumage above, and the white patterns below. The voice of these birds is far carrying and shares similarities […]

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Sparrowhawk

Background The sparrowhawk has short rounded wings and a long slender tail to help with quick acceleration and excellent maneuverability whilst in flight. These birds are prey are distinguishable by their brown barred pattern on the underpart of the body. Habitat Found Europe wide, preferring forest and woodland habitats. Diet The diet of male sparrowhawk […]

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Jackdaw

Background The Jackdaw is a member of the smallest member of the crow family. This species is black with a distinctive sheen of grey at the rear of the head and at the base of the wings. They also possess striking white eyes. Habitat The jackdaw inhabits open woodlands, farmland, urban areas and interestingly old […]

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Rook

Background A crow with a black glossy plumage, the rook has loose feathers at the upper thigh, which helps distinguish this particular species from other crows. In addition to this the beak, in atleast some parts appear a whitish-grey colour. They are sociable birds often found with jackdaws when feeding. Habitat Abundant across Europe, apart […]

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Tufted Duck

Background The Tufted Duck is a compact diving bird which presents a tuft on the rear of its head, hence its name. The males of this species are black with a purple sheen, and the females are a dark brown. The colouration of the female is used for camouflage in their environment. Habitat Abundant near […]

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Red-Legged Partridge

Background Like most Partridges, the Red-Legged Partridge is a medium sized game bird with a plump figure. The adults are a grey brown, with a chesnut, black and white barring on the breast. As the name suggests, the legs of this species are red, alongside the beak and eyes. Habitat The Red Legged Partridge lives […]

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English Partridge

Background The English partridge, also known as the grey partridge is a small game bird. Distinguishable features of this animal include the brown plumage accompanied by a brown horse-shoe pattern located on the breast. Flight takes place low to the ground, and is as direct as possible. Habitat The English partridge can be found Europe […]

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Pheasant

Background The male pheasant is an unmistakable bird with a bronze body with black and white marks. The head is blue-green in colour with red facial patches surrounding the eyes. Female pheasants are a lot less colourful, being light brown, with dark brown and white patches. Habitat Pheasants are primarily found within farmlands, open woodlands […]

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Lapwing

Background As a wading bird the Lapwing belongs to the plover family, meaning that the species are plump-breasted shorebirds. Their primary identifying characteristic is the upturned crest. Habitat British and Western European species, they are common on salt marshes, mud flats and within other open water systems. Diet Mainly feeding on earthworms, insects (including larvae) […]

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Ghost Moth

Background Ghost moth is a broad term which encompasses a number of sub-species. The males and females of this species are different in their colouration. Whilst both sexes have white wings, the females have a golden border around the wing. Habitat Commonly found in grasses and woodlands around Britain. Diet Ghost moth larvae/caterpillars feed underground […]

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Common Swift Moth

Background As the name suggests the Common Swift Moth is the most common species of the Swift Moths, with a great abundance throughout Europe. The Common Swift Moth shares very similar biology and life history as the Ghost Moth. Habitat Distributed throughout Britain these moths are found within wooded and open wildlife areas such as […]

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Wigeon

Background Like most birds, the Wigeon shows a variation in colouration between sexes. The male notable for the chestnut brown head, grey and white body with the black wing tips. However, the female of this species is both smaller and has a brown body throughout. Habitat During the winter their geographical distribution ranges across most […]

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Brent Goose

Background Whilst there are three subspecies of Brent Goose, all are easily distinguishable from each other, and from other species of birds. Identifying features include their relatively short neck with a white strand just below the head. Habitat A migratory bird, they appear in the UK between October and March, found in estuaries, marshes and sheltered […]

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White-Fronted Goose

Background The White-Fronted Goose is named as such due to the white patch that surrounds the bill. Whilst predation on this species is quite high from humans and other predators they are not considered vulnerable to extinction due to their wide geographic range. They have an incredible distribution of more than 20,000 km² around the […]

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Meadow Pipit

Background The Meadow Pipit is a streaky bird primarily consisting of different shades of brown, with black and white patches. Their numbers saw a decline in the 1970’s during a shift in agricultural practices, and their numbers haven’t fully recovered yet. They are therefore placed in the “Near Threatened” category. Habitat This species can be […]

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Muntjac Deer

Background It is thought that the Muntjac Deer are one of the oldest deer species. Estimates date them back to 15-35 million years ago. An indication of their primitive nature comes from their visible canines which stick out from the top of the mouth. Habitat This species originated in south east Asia, in China and […]

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Weasel

Background The Weasel can be identified by their off yellow-brown coloured fur on their back. However, the changing of seasons also means the colouring of their fur differs. The short legs of weasels allow them to burrow and follow prey underground. Habitat They will inhabit areas such as: open fields, woodlands, farmland and other abandoned […]

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Stoat

Background The Stoat is a very small but clever predator. They’re agile with long and slender bodies that can be identified by their long black tipped tail. Their fur can change colour with the seasons from being red-brown in the summer months and pure white in the winter. Habitat Their habitat preference is low country. […]

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Western Polecat

Background The Western Polecat can be identified through their distinctive mask like marking over their face. They also have a much shorter body compared to Minks and other polecats, which sets them apart easily. Habitat They usually live in abandoned burrows in areas surrounded by villages, rivers and farmland. Diet The Western Polecat’s diet is […]

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Common Hedgehog

Background The Common Hedgehog is an iconic animal due to its wandering behaviour leading it into gardens across the UK. The spines that they possess are sharp and densely packed in order to try and avoid predation. When threatened they curl up into a ball tucking the unprotected head into the centre of the tightly packed […]

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Oystercatcher

Background An incredibly distinctive wading bird, the Oystercatcher has a long and thin red/orange bill, a white breast and black back. Due to their diet they are often left vulnerable in areas that have a depleted mussel or oyster bed. Habitat The Oystercatcher is primarily found on the coast of most European waters. They are […]

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Common Sandpiper

Background Primarily a river dwelling bird, the Common Sandpiper is a camouflaged species with a brown and white colouration, allowing them to easily blend in with their surroundings. If this does fail however, they are adapted to diving in order to get away from predators. Habitat This species is common throughout Europe, and whilst only […]

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Water Rail

Background The Water Rail is easily recognisable with grey on both the underparts and head, with a brown spotted top half of the body. This species is quite reclusive and only comes out from the protection of reeds when foraging/hunting. Habitat Distributed across most of Europe (with the exclusion of Northern Scotland and Scandinavia) and […]

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Common Kingfisher

Background Whilst only a small bird, approximately 15 cm in length, the Common Kingfisher is an unmistakable bird. The adults of this species are a vibrant blue with patches of green, black and chestnut, which appears at the cheeks and underneath the body. The bill is relatively long helping it catch fish as its prey. […]

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Red Squirrel

Background The Red Squirrel is an arboreal rodent, meaning that it lives among the trees. With a declining population, there are an approximated 140,000 red squirrels left in the wild in Britain. This is in contrast to the 2.5 million invasive grey squirrels found in the country. Habitat The Red Squirrel is found across both Europe […]

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Eurasian Beaver

Background Important to the ecosystem, the Eurasian Beaver makes landscape changes to where it lives. It does this by creating ponds and dams which provide wetland habitats to many other animals. Therefore, having a huge knock on effect to biodiversity. Habitat They live in gentle streams, river and lakes as they are semi-aquatic animals and […]

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Noctule Bat

Background One of the largest British bats, the Noctule Bat has a golden-brown fur. The wings, ears and face of these species are darker making it one of the easiest bat species to identify within the UK. Habitat Like a number of bat species the Noctule Bat resides in wooded areas. They live in holes […]

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Slow Worm

Background The Slow Worm has a somewhat deceptive name, as these animals are neither slow nor are they worms. They are in fact legless lizards, and when threatened or surprised they can move exceptionally fast. When attacked by predators, like lizards, they can shed their tails, in order to escape. Habitat Slow Worms live mainly […]

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Palmate Newt

Background This smooth-skinned amphibian: the Palmate Newt is thought to be the smallest found in Britain. Whilst appearing very similar to the Smooth Newt, a key identification method is to look at the throat. Palmate Newts do not have spots on the throat, whereas the Smooth Newt does. The egg larvae of the two species […]

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Common European Adder

Background Whilst the Common European Adder is Britain’s only venomous snake, it is unlikely for people to be bitten by one. These snakes are elusive and try to avoid human contact as much as possible. The distinguishing feature of these snakes is the dark zig-zag pattern that is found on the back of the snake. […]

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Teal

Background Within the Teal, males and females show a different colouration in the body. The males with grey flanks and a spotted chest, and the females showing a mottled pattern. The heads of these species both show a green patch surrounding the eye, making these ducks easily recognisable. Habitat Teals are migratory birds and therefore […]

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Pink-Footed Goose

Background The name of the Pink-Footed Goose is quite deceptive, as it is not the only goose that is pink footed. The Greylag Goose also shares this feature. The proportions of this bird are one of the easier ways that this species can be identified. This bird has a proportionally small head, beak and legs […]

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Osprey

Background This fast, sleek, streamlined Osprey is well adapted to hunting its prey. With razor sharp talons and excellent eye sight, this species can see its prey from approximately 40m away and travel up to 44 mph (70km/h). The Osprey, whilst adapted to catching fish, rarely dives more than 1 m below the surface. Habitat […]

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Sandwich Tern

Background A medium sized tern that displays grey wings, a white body and a shaggy black crest. The Sandwich Tern is not an aggressive species and prefers to nest near other bird species that will protect their eggs. Habitat Extant populations exist between North and South America to the west of Asia. The sandwich tern […]

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Arctic Tern

Background The Arctic Tern has one of the longest migrations of any avian species only to be rivaled by the sooty shearwater. In addition to this amazing migration, they are also one of the only birds that are able to hover. Common Terns and Arctic Terns are often confused with one another. The way to […]

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Little Tern

Background The Little Tern is the smallest of the Tern family. The terns look all very similar to each other and identification can sometimes be difficult. This species of tern however has a dark grey back with a black band from the crest to the bill. Habitat As a seabird this species prefers to live […]

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Brown Hare

Background It is not unusual to see brown hares during the day, however they are in fact nocturnal and spend about two thirds of their time feeding. Whilst a dainty looking character the brown hare can run upto 45 mph in order to evade predators. Habitat Brown hares are common throughout the British Isles, and […]

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Brown Long-Eared Bat

Background As the name suggests, the distinguishable feature of the Brown Long-Eared Bat is their large ears. The ears can grow up to three-quarters of the length of the bat’s body. These bats are slow flying in comparison to other British bat species, despite their large wing span. Habitat The Brown Long-Eared Bat lives Europe wide and […]

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Lesser Horseshoe Bat

Background The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is one of the smallest bats, having an average maximum weight of only 9 grams. They are also a very rare and elusive species that avoid human contact as much as possible. Habitat These animals prefer very secluded areas with little human disturbance, and their distribution is now isolated to […]

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Coot

Background The Coot is a dull velvet black colour throughout the body with one of the only distinctive features being the white forehead and beak. They fly close to the water revealing white trailing edges at the underneath tips of the wings. Habitat Found commonly throughout Europe in fresh and brackish waters such as reservoirs, […]

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Barasingha Deer

Background Barasingha translated from Hindi means 12 tined (referring to the points of the antlers). Despite this the number of the tines can range from 10 – 15, and in some cases can reach up to 20. This species of deer is a pale orange, which results in these deer being quite easily distinguished from […]

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Axis Deer

Background The Axis Deer or Chital Deer originates from India and Sri Lanka. However they have since been introduced into Australia, the US and Britain. Habitat The Axis Deer can be found in a series of national parks around the south of England. This deer species prefers grasslands and open woodlands that are easy to […]

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Rusa Deer

Background The only wild population of Rusa Deer in Britain is at Woburn Abbey. This species originated from Indonesia, however have been exported and introduced into a number of different countries. They have large ears and long narrow tails in comparison to other deer species. Whilst a somewhat territorial animal they are not an aggressive […]

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Chinese Water Deer

Background The Chinese Water Deer, is a small and generally a solitary creature, only gathering during the mating season. In areas with lots of individuals, however, these animals may make pairs or small groups.  These deer have no antlers but do have tusks to defend themselves against predators. The species was first introduced into Britain’s […]

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Mandarin Duck

Background Males of the Mandarin Duck possess a beautiful colouration across the body, displaying greens, reds and oranges. The females however are alot less colourful and generally is brown with a grey head. Mandarin Ducks originated from the far east of Asia, however they were introduced to Britain in captivity. Some individuals did however escape, […]

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Greenfinch

Background The Greenfinch  is a common garden bird, that is easily recognisable by its distinctive green and yellow colouration. They are a sexually dimorphic species, which means that there are differences between the two sexes, the males appear more vibrant in their plumage, whereas the females’ consists of paler greens and yellows. A fabulous bird […]

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Song Thrush

Background There are three recognised subspecies of the Song Thrush. Despite this all of these subspecies have similar colouration with a brown body and a mottled brown and white/cream on the breast. Habitat Whilst a migratory species, Britain is host to populations all year round. They can be found in woodlands, parks, farmland and even […]

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Blue Tit

Background The Blue Tit presents a magnificent colouration of green, blue and yellow. The blue is found both within the wings and at the crest, giving this bird its name. Blue tits are often found in groups of up to 5, and like to gather around bird feeders in parks or in your garden. Habitat […]

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Coal Tit

Background Whilst there are many different sub species of Coal Tit (primarily defined by their geographical distribution) all Coal Tits have a glossy black head with a grey plumage on the wings and upper body. Habitat The Coal Tit is distributed across Europe and central latitudes of Asia found commonly in gardens and woodlands of […]

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Robin

Background The adult Robin is one of the most distinctive birds found in Britain. A small bird, the robin is easily identifiable by the brightly coloured orange/brown breast. Distinguishing between the sexes of these birds is difficult as both the males and females share the same colouration and patterns. Habitat This species is commonly found […]

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Mute Swan

Background The Mute Swan is a large and unmistakable species with a brilliant white plumage and an orange beak. Their neck is held in an “S” shape. Before the bill, they have a distinctive knob on the forehead. Habitat The Mute Swan is found throughout Europe, with the primary exception of Spain and Portugal, and […]

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Greylag Goose

Background Adults of the Greylag Goose present a series of brown and grey patches across the top of the body, with more faint colouration below. Both the head and neck are a dark brown. The beak displays geographical variation with eastern populations having a pink beak, and western populations an orange. Habitat These geese have […]

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Canada Goose

Background The descendants of introduced individuals, this goose species has now become a resident to the UK and northern Europe. The Canada Goose is the largest of the “black goose” species. Adults of this species have a long black neck with white patches on the face, and a dark brown body, which is usually paler […]

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Grey Heron

Background Herons are long legged piscivores/fish-eaters. A patient hunter, the Heron is commonly found standing still in or at the side of shallow water bodies, waiting to ambush their prey. The Grey Heron, is distinguished from other herons by their grey flanks, and black and white patterning along the neck, head and breast of the body. […]

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Sika Deer

Background The Sika Deer was introduced to the British Isles in the 19th century. This particular species is often mistaken for the axis deer that is also present in Britain, however the sika has a dark dorsal stripe. Habitat Their native range is China and Japan, however as noted they were introduced into Britain, and […]

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Shag

Background The Shag is very similar to a comorant, both in colouration and morphology. Despite this, Shags tend to be slimmer and a clear distinguishing feature between the two is the raised plumage on their heads. Habitat A coastal species found across Britain (except the south east) and Europe, the Shag prefers to live on […]

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Kittiwake

Background The Kittiwake is a medium sized species of gull that presents a brilliant white colour. The wings can appear grey and are tipped with a black at the wings. The legs are also relatively small and a distinctive black. Habitat They are found across the northern hemisphere on the coasts during the summer, however […]

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Fulmar

Background Described as a pelagic bird, meaning this species is very rarely found close to shore and instead is at sea. Generally having a white body with darker grey-black wings, the fulmar is a streamlined gliding bird, showing few wing beats during flight. Habitat This sea bird is found off the coasts of northern European […]

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Risso’s Dolphin

Background The Risso’s Dolphin is a sociable species that lives in groups, generally consisting of upto 10 individuals. These dolphins have blunt rounded faces, unlike the beaks of other dolphin species. Due to the blunt faced nature of these marine mammals they can sometimes be confused with pilot whales, therefore to identify this species it […]

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Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Background The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin are both a playful and extremely intelligent species. The fastest species of the dolphin family, these animals can travel upto 28 mph (45km/h). They are also highly sociable and will communicate to hunt, mate and work together. Habitat The extensive range of these animals covers all of the worlds oceans, […]

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Blue Shark

Background Known for its striking blue colour, the Blue Shark is a long and slender species with long fins that make the animal appear larger than it actually is. Habitat A widely distributed shark species, the Blue Shark is present within most tropical and temperate oceans. This slender species of shark is rarely found close to […]

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Long-Finned Pilot Whale

Background Unlike their name suggests, the Long-Finned Pilot Whale is in fact a species of dolphin. They are are strikingly similar Short-Finned Pilot Whales with experts even struggling to indentify the two species. Habitat The Long-Finned Pilot Whale is found throughout the Northern Atlantic and the sub-polar region of Antarctica. Diet The majority of their […]

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Minke Whale

Background The Minke Whale is a species of baleen whale, which are some of the largest animals in the world. Despite their size however they are specialists in eating some of the smallest animals in the ocean. Baleen is a term that describes the characteristic plate like structures found in the mouth of these animals […]

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Harbour Porpoise

Background One of the smallest marine mammals that can be found world wide, the harbour porpoise is a highly efficient predator. They occasionally feed in groups, however are more commonly found feeding alone. Dives from this species can last upto 5 minutes, but generally last for just over a minute. Habitat This species is found […]

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Grey Seal

Background There are only two native species of seal within the UK,  the Harbour Seal and the Grey Seal. The larger of the two, the Grey Seal can under take dives up to 70m deep to feed despite it only being below the water for a few minutes. Habitat It is estimated that just over […]

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Red-Billed Chough

Background The Red-Billed Chough is a medium sized black crow with a curved red bill. These birds can be found performing excellent acrobatic displays during flight, diving and swooping in their air, trying to attract the attention of females. Habitat This species of chough has a year round presence in Wales, western Ireland, Spain and […]

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Gannet

Background The Gannet or Northern Gannet is a large white seabird with a yellow cap, and black wings. This species often has a blue ring surrounding the eye. With brilliant eyesight they can locate prey from upto 45m above the surface of water. Habitat Their geographic distribution of this species ranges across the Atlantic ocean. […]

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Common Kestrel

Background An excellent hunter with outstanding visual senses, the Common Kestrel can see subtle movements of long grasses and small insects. This bird is usually diurnal, meaning that they hunt during the day, however they have occasionally been observed searching for prey during moonlight. Habitat Residing throughout southern and the most northern tips of Africa, […]

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Peregrine Falcon

Background The majestic Peregrine Falcon is the world’s fastest bird reaching speeds of upto 200 mph. In fact this falcon is thought to be the fastest organism within the animal kingdom. These beautiful killing machines can migrate upto 1,000 miles in winter, moving to warmer climates. Habitat There are actually very few places that Peregrine […]

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Guillemot

Background The colour of the Guillemot changes from geographic location, appearing chocolate brown in southern areas, and a black colour in more northern reaches of their distribution. Habitat These birds are found throughout the northern hemisphere with very few exceptions, however most notably the southern parts of the north Atlantic ocean. They are primarily found […]

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Razorbill

Background This species is often confused with the Common Guillemot, however one of the distinguishing features between these two species is the bill. The bill of the Razorbill is broader and generally contains a white stripe. Habitat A northern Atlantic species, the razorbill is commonly found within coastal environments due to it’s diet. Diet Feeding […]

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Fallow Deer

Background It is thought that the Fallow Deer was introduced into Britain by the Normans in the 11th century. Unlike the Red Deer, they have white spots across their body, however in some individuals and during the winter season this can become less distinguished. Habitat They are found across Europe in wooded areas and nature […]

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Roe Deer

Background In the late 1700’s the population of Roe Deer was drastically reduced with the only existing populations existing within pockets of Scottish Highland. Reintroduction programs have since seen populations increase and there is now an approximated 500,000 individuals. Habitat This species can be found throughout Europe and Eastern Asia. The habitat consists of woodlands […]

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European Water Vole

Background The largest species of vole in Britain, the European Water Vole is sometimes confused with a Brown Rat, who inhabit the same environment. Within their burrows, Water Voles, are known to create escape paths in case of predator attack. Habitat Water Voles live in most European counties with the primary exceptions of Portugal and Spain. […]

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Yellow Hammer

Background Despite the suggestion of the name, it is only the males of this species that appear a ellow colour. The females and immature individuals appear mainly brown. The Yellowhammer shows a change in behaviour between different seasons, found solitary during summer, and in flocks during the winter. Habitat An all year round resident within […]

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Corn Bunting

Background The Corn Bunting is the largest of the bunting birds, and is somewhat nondescript when compared to birds of the group. A primary characteristic of this bird is that whilst it calls during flight they will dangle their legs leisurely. Habitat The preferred habitat of the Corn Bunting is that of open farmlands, moors […]

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Skylark

Background This small brown bird is a streaky brown. The crest on the top of the head, can be raised when the animal is alarmed or excited. The Skylark produces it’s song whilst performing exquisite displays of flight in the air. Habitat The primary habitat of the Skylark is open farmland, marshes and heaths. All […]

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