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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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