Adonis Blue Butterfly Lysandra Bellargus The Adonis Blue butterfly is a British butterfly. This family of blue butterflies can be quite difficult to identify as they can look quite similar. Nowadays with man's land use, the environment has changed too much - there are too few species to even be seen at all. However, I have seen a holly blue butterfly fluttering around the ivy
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Wild Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus Wild rabbits are so delightful and amazing survivalists. They were thought to have been brought to Britain in the 12th century for sport, food and fur. Escaping their rabbit enclosures they soon spread far and wide becoming the most successful colonisers. Wherever grass grows rabbits will be found. Rabbits are very good at grazing right down to the grasses' meristems. As
Kingfisher Bird Alcedo atthis Swift on the wing and clinical in attack, kingfishers are assisted by their amazing ocular faculty. Adaptable between monocular in flight, and binocular in the dive, the kingfisher is able to judge its course with breath-taking precision. During winter, this is especially beneficial as the kingfisher needs to eat around seven times its body weight each day. Determining between male and
Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris The red squirrel is Britain's only native squirrel. These squirrels who have white or pale brown tail hairs are thought to be the only true British red squirrels. Those that do not have these paler tails may be descended from Scandinavian introductions who were without white tails. Sadly the red squirrel is in terminal decline. The American grey squirrels introduced in
Puffin Bird Fratercula arctica What an endearing seabird is the puffin sometimes nicknamed the 'sea parrot'. A puffin has a bright red, dark blue and yellow bill ideal for carrying their favourite food - sand eels. Sometimes their bills are full of sand eels hanging out either side of their beak. Unfortunately with man's impact on the sea the sand eels have declined in numbers.
Purple Emperor Butterfly Apatura Iris The purple emperor butterfly is one of the most beautiful British butterfly species. The male is sometimes nicknamed ‘His Majesty’. He has a deep blue and purple sheen upon his wings. The female is only brown in colour. At a slight flutter of the wings, the purple emperor butterfly wings can change colour from black with white strikes to deep
Speckled Wood Butterfly Pararge aegeria The speckled wood butterfly is brown-coloured. Brown can seem so dull and rather boring. Brown butterflies sound like they shouldn't be when considering beautiful butterflies such as the swallowtail and purple emperor butterflies. However there are a family of butterflies called the satyridae or the 'browns' of which the speckled wood butterfly is a member. All satyridae species only have
Tortoiseshell Butterfly Aglais urticae The tortoiseshell butterfly is a well-known British butterfly but is becoming increasingly less common. The tortoise shell butterfly has quite an elaborate mating ritual. The males select a prime spot near the nettles, their main food plant, and waits for a female. He follows her from behind and drums his antennae on her hind-wings making a faint but audible sound. She
Bittern Bird (Botauris stellaris) The bittern bird is now considered the rarest bird in the UK. The bittern is a member of the heron family and is extremely shy and elusive. Before fenland was drained to form farmland, the bittern was once common and vast numbers of booming bitterns in Spring would have been a glorious sound. Bitterns only live in reed beds, beautifully camouflaged
Robin Erithacus rubecula The robin bird song is so beautiful particularly at dawn and can be quite complex and melodious but that may be because robins are in the thrush family of birds (Turdidae). As a member of the thrush family, the robin shares a cousin-like kinship with the nightingale, and is also related to the blackbird. Traditionally associated with scenes of holly trees, snow,