All posts tagged: UK

Stag beetle

Stag beetles are Britain’s largest land beetle, with males reaching up to 7.5 centimetres in size. They are also one of the most spectacular looking insects, with a male’s huge mandibles (antler-like jaws) making them easy to spot. Despite their appearance, stag beetles are harmless if left alone, and from mid-to-late-May are more likely to […]

Pipistrelle bat

The common pipistrelle bat is a very small species of bat that is native to the British Isles; in fact it is the smallest of the UK’s 18 species. It has a wing span of about 22 to 25 centimetres with an average life span of 4-5 years. It is a species of conservation concern […]

Robin

The robin is a familiar site in British gardens throughout the year, especially at Christmas. Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red colouring but are spotted with golden brown. They sing nearly all year round and are aggressively territorial. As well as being resident in gardens, robins also live in woodland, hedgerows […]

Eurasian beaver

Native to mainland Britain, beavers are herbivores who were hunted to extinction in the 16th century for their fur, meat and scent glands. The loss of beavers led to the loss of the mosaic of lakes, meres, mires, tarns and boggy places that they were instrumental in creating, but they have since been re-introduced to Britain over the last […]

Take a UK safari to discover native wildlife

Holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com is encouraging people to take a UK safari this summer after it was revealed that 82% of the nation has a clear lack of knowledge when it comes to native wildlife and where to spot it. With the help of the Marine Conservation Society, Snaptrip has created a beautifully hand-drawn illustrated map […]

Rare damselfly spotted in Buckinghamshire

In a real coup for nature lovers across the city, the Willow Emerald damselfly has been spotted at Tattenhoe Valley Park, The Parks Trust has announced. This is the first time this rare insect has been recorded in Milton Keynes and even Buckinghamshire as a whole. The Willow Emerald damselfly was spotted by one of The Parks […]

Reindeer

In the wild, reindeer live between 10 and 20 years, with females outliving the males by up to 10 years. They live in large herds and migrate to breeding grounds where food is more plentiful. They are strong swimmers and readily cross rivers to reach their destination. They have an excellent sense of smell which […]