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Spotting Birds in The UK – Birdwatching Skills

Spotting birds might sound like a straightforward task to do, but it requires dedication and ample knowledge to master birdwatching skills. Bird watching isn't about sitting somewhere and looking at the birds. It's about knowing everything about the bird you're watching. Sometimes, you have to spot the birds you want to see, by putting your bird's knowledge to the test. There are many ways to improve your bird watching skills, but all of them requires time, patience, and dedication. The UK has around 600 different bird's species. It includes regular birds that we watch in our gardens every day. These birds remain in the UK throughout the year. Migratory birds come from other countries to the UK during different seasons. To spot birds in a particular country, you should get all the information about the kinds of birds the country...

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A Guide to Birdsongs You Can Hear in The UK

There is something truly mesmerising about nature with all its sounds, scents and experiences. Whether you decide to sit in your backyard or take a hike in the countryside, there is always the sounds of nature that first grab your attention. Bird spotters and watchers who delight in the lives of birds and their beautiful songs are still on high alert when they hear a unique bird singing in the background. In the UK, there are several bird and nature enthusiasts that are greeted with songbirds and their beautiful music, right in their backyards too. There is never a need to stray too far away from home to hear the melody of the birds in the UK. However, it is almost impossible to be able to identify a bird just by their bird song if you are a beginner to...

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Spotting and Saving the UK Hedgehogs

The population of hedgehogs in the United Kingdom has been falling, so you should do your part and help them. This article will tell you about where to find and how to help hedgehogs in the UK. There are also many help hotlines that you can reach if you need more guidance and information about saving the hedgehogs. Where to Find Hedgehogs in The UK You will most likely spot a hedgehog at night during the summer season. Hedgehogs are animals of the night, and they hibernate from November until March. They tend to prefer places that are dry, for example, near compost piles, under sheds, messy spots in your garden, or hedges. So, you should take care when you move or cause a commotion near dry places. You have to be extra careful when it's the winter season because...

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Understanding and Promoting Solitary Bees in The UK – UK Wildlife Conservation

When we think of bees, most of the time we associate them with honey and the buzzing sound bumblebees make. However, did you know that of the total 270 bee species we have in Britain, 250 are not producing any honey? These species are called solitary bees, and although they don`t produce honey, they are still a beneficial and essential part of the ecosystem. Solitary bees are remarkable pollinators, and that is why we should pay closer attention to them. In this article, you will learn about their nesting habits and get some advice on how to promote the solitary bee population in your garden. These bees don`t live in colonies like honey bees and bumblebees, hence the name solitary bees. The population of solitary bees in Britain is very diverse. As such, their nesting habits are different. Most of...

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Uncovering the Least Known – UK Wildlife

People who are not local to the UK hardly realize that the even UK has some exceptional wildlife that the rest of the world would envy. There are several UK species of wildlife that can never be found anywhere else in the world. Everyone always thinks that when referring to wildlife there are so many places in Africa and Australia that would rival what is available anywhere else in the world. The truth is that some species are available only the UK that would shock you. The Basking Shark The seas in the United Kingdom have the Basking shark. This shark is known for its size and is the second largest fish that is seen anywhere in the world. Their length easily averages 11m and weighs at least 8 tons. To put perspective into the actual size of the shark,...

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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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