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The Flora and Fauna of East Anglia – Part 2

The region has many rare ecosystems as a result of the locale being subjected to marsh like conditions. Around the coasts these areas were often salt-like in nature, as a result of their closeness to the sea and inland the waterlogged areas were more fresh water in nature. In the past, much of East Anglia had been marsh with the Broads and the Fens being particularly susceptible to flooding. However, as soon as people realized that this marshland, after being drained, produced productive agricultural land, great areas were relieved of its moisture through a system of drains that has produced some of the richest arable land in the country. [caption id="attachment_114" align="alignright" width="275"] The clear difference between the natural Woodwalton fen and arable land[/caption] The attempt to rid the Fens of its natural vegetation was so successful that there were...

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The Flora and Fauna of East Anglia – Part 1

East Anglia is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world and there are a variety of reasons why people wish to visit the region. Its location on the east coast of the country gives it warm summers and this has led to many domestic visitors spending their holidays in the resorts that are spread along the coastline. However, there are also large groups of people who travel from overseas into the region and they are attracted not just by the area’s golden beaches. Their main reason for visiting East Anglia is the natural flora and fauna, which supports many rare plant, animal and bird species. The geological and topographical make-up of the region makes it a unique area and one that is ideal for certain rare species to survive. It is virtually impossible to identify another area...

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Animals that Have Gone Extinct and Why We Needed Them

Sadly, many animals have gone extinct over the years due to human interference. These animals were important part of food webs and ecosystems in the environment and, in some cases, they were of use to us in providing us with food. However, overexploitation or habitat destruction led to their ultimate demise. The Moa The moa was a large flightless bird from New Zealand. Since it was such a large bird, it was a useful source of meat. However, man hunted the bird to extinction. If the moa population had been kept at a healthy level, then today the moa could still have been used to provide some meat for the New Zealand population. The Passenger Pigeon [caption id="attachment_99" align="alignleft" width="302"] The Moa[/caption] The Passenger Pigeon of North America went extinct due to a combination of habitat destruction and hunting. These...

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How Deforestation Affects Animals

Deforestation has several negative consequences for both plants and animals. Forests cover about one third of the surface of the earth, but this is changing due to their rapid destruction. Rainforests, in particular, support a huge diversity and abundance of animal life, with many species living in rainforests that have not even been described. Trees Trees create shelter from the elements, like wind and sun, and provide a place for animals to feed, nest, breed and hide from predators. The ecosystem is fragile, and any disturbance can have widespread ramifications. Deforestation is usually caused by slash and burn agricultural practices or from logging by the timber industry. Destroying trees can directly harm animals that may have built nests there, or by changing microclimates. Animals that heavily rely on trees may be unable to adapt to a new habitat. That is...

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Why We Can’t Let The Worlds Animals Go Extinct

The Recurring Problem We hear it all the time, another species is going extinct. Years ago it was the gorillas, then it was a sea creature, then the elephants, every time you turn on the news you are bombarded with sad news from all around the world, and then on top of that you are hit with the news that another animal is going extinct and that you need to help. Often times the reason for this is because of mans own doing, whether it be over hunting or destroying their homes we are slowly killing off more and more species. Each time this happens there is a group that steps in and tries their best to help the species, often times they are successful, sadly sometimes they are not able to intervene and help the animal. So if this...

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Animals That Have Gone Extinct in England

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly British butterflies are noticed to have declined drastically in the recent years. However, a particular species the pretty small tortoiseshell is seen to be in extinct. In 2013 small tortoiseshell butterfly species, was reported to have dropped in number by 77% compare to the previous ten years. A decline in the availability of its natural habitat has to lead to the extinction of most animals in England; the butterfly population precisely has struggled to be on a large scale as a result of wet springs and summers. New Forest Cicada Commonly associated with Mediterranean vacations, been heard in the UK. Its last stronghold in the New Forest has zeroed to silent. These insects normally seen throughout Europe, are gradually in extinction in Britain. Since the turn of the new millennium, there have not been any recorded sightings...

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Creatures to Look Out for a While Hiking in England

Going out into the wild? What out for these creatures while you wander through nature. Just a sting from them can ruin your trip! Ticks These creatures tiny in nature may seem very dangerous to have encountered with, because of its ability to cause Lyme disease from its bite. This strange disease can lead to heart attack, partial paralysis, arthritis, and many others as symptoms. More than eight people are victims of Lyme disease, Anaplasma, and Q-fever arising from tick’s bite every day in Britain. Always ensure to be careful when out on a stroll through long grass or leafy areas, as these ticks lie on greens at kneel height waiting to attach to any warm-blooded passerby. Adders Statistics have shown that Britain records around 100 adders’ bites every year. Adders’ bites can sometimes become very severe injuries causing victims...

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Beautiful Parks to Visit in England

1. New Forest in Hampshire [caption id="attachment_60" align="alignright" width="300"] New Forest in Hampshire[/caption] This park has 143 miles of trials, vibrant streams and striking woodland. New Forest, located in Hampshire, contains 193,000 acres of ancient woodland and heath land. Take a stroll along the well sign-posted routes, in the company of a guided walk of the park or on your own. If you use the former option, which we would recommend, you will be able to learn a lot from the experience of a local expert, who will indulge you with fascinating stories and facts on the wild-life as well as landscape of New Forest, as you take your walk down this route. 2. The Pig in Brockenhurst, Hampshire At this uncommon yet pleasant country house hotel, you get to enjoy charming shabbily-looking chic décor and foraged food. When you...

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Ways to Help Wild Animals

There are organizations dedicated to helping endangered animals and protecting some species of wildlife from going extinct. Wild animals are increasingly becoming extinct especially in England. So if you are looking for ways help endangered animals in England, you can sign up in any of these organizations. The International Rhino Fund (IRF) Endangered Animals Rhino The International Rhino Fund has been in operation for the past 25 years. The Organization has been in the business of raising funds for and putting together rhino conservation programs to make sure of the survival of rhinos. They have offices in England and UK but have major active operations in Asia and Africa where the rhino species are plentiful. The Organizations protect the following species of rhinos that are victims of poaching: the white rhino, the black rhino, the Sumatran rhinos the Greater One-Horned...

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Top Four Places to See Wildlife in England

Here are some of the best places to sea wildlife in England: Ben Nevis, Lochaber This is the biggest mountain in Britain and is also very steep. You shouldn’t think of climbing during the wet seasons as it is hazardous to do so. The dizzying cliffs in the northern rim are very steep and can only be dared by the brave. You can schedule a visit from May to October; this is the best time to see the mountain’s summer bird visitors. You will find wheatears and ring ouzels when you get here. Do not get too excited while you climb; there is so much to see from the top. You will find dippers and grey wagtails at the river Nevis from the start of your walk. From here you will advance to the squelchy lower slopes where you will...

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