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Meet the Species: Hedgehogs

From Beatrix Potter’s stories to the nervous family in the Wind in the willows; catching a glimpse of hedgehogs always feels like seeing an old friend.  This fascinating species of mammal is prevalent over large portions of Europe; ranging from the British Isles, to the Mediterranean islands and all the …

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Meet the Species: Saddle Cichlids

  Orange flashes and amorous spines all give flesh to the bulky presence that looms in the shadows of many South American pools and waterways. The muscular body, orange throat and sharp rows of teeth all indicate its dangerous side. Preying on anything slow enough or small enough to fit …

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Meet the species: Great Black-Backed Gulls

The enormous shadow of the great black-backed gull strikes fear into the hearts of many birds. Being the largest member of the gull family, the black-backed gull is an apex predator, rarely having to deal with threats. This has meant that we are often comparing them to raptors rather than …

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Meet the species: Oystercatchers

Simplicity can often be beautiful. The stunning contrast of black and white with the luminous blood-red beak and eyes makes the oystercatcher a sight to behold. Stocky, powerful and assured, oystercatchers can be found along rocky coasts around the world. Their name was coined by the famous British naturalist Mark …

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Meet the species: Little Egrets

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The little egret is a noticeably silent bird that croaks and groans only during the breeding season, unless it is startled; then it will produce a harsh alarm call before fleeing farther along the stretch of water it inhabits. A truly European bird, this small species of heron hails from …

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Meet the Species: Slugs

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The term “slug” is a catch-all for any land-based gastropod mollusc that doesn’t appear to have a shell. This stipulation came about becomes some species have small vestigial shells inside them. Infamous as garden pest, slugs have been maimed, hunted and tortured – often unnecessarily. Compared to the previously persecuted …

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Meet the Species: Turnstone

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  During the summer months, creeping along a rocky beach in the northern fringes of the world will often get you face to face with the ruddy turnstone. As their name suggests, they generally spend their days hugging the shoreline. Striding among their own kind, turning over stones. This strange …

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Meet The Species: Green Shield Bugs

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Fierce and defensive. The green shield bug is a one and half centimetre warrior. Known by some as the green stink bug.  It’s U shaped profile, similar to medieval shields has a glossy green surface. This helps them easily blend in with the undergrowth. However, when this camouflage fails, they …

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Meet The Species: Puffins

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Dazzling colours, quirky expressions and world renowned recognisability; the puffin is a bird familiar to most nature lovers. Those close up shots of these delicately painted birds with a mouthful of sand-eels, is the dream of most photographers. However their scarcity across the world and the protection of many of …

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Meet the Species: European Starlings

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Brimming with undertones of royalty – the majestic starling adds vivid tones to any landscape it graces.  Seen across most of Europe and North Africa. Starlings have slowly abandoned their original habitat of deciduous woodlands where trees with broad leaves such as oak, beech and elm dominate. Instead they now …

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