POLICE SCOTLAND LAUNCH THIRD PHASE OF OPERATION WINGSPAN, AS PART OF YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE WILDLIFE CRIME IN SCOTLAND. Police Scotland’s yearlong focus on wildlife crime is now concentrating on bat crime. All ten species of bats found in Scotland are protected. It is an offence to capture, injure or kill a bat, disturb a […]
Badgers have been much in the news recently because of the cull. But badgers have problems other than being culled – they are frequent targets of violent individuals who dig them from their setts and subject them to extreme cruelty before eventually killing them. Badgers are also coursed with large dogs, often bull lurchers, and […]
BLACK RHINOWHITE RHINO CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (AROUND 5200 REMAIN) Affected by: Illegal wildlife trade The rhinoceros is Africa’s armoured giant – like a tank on legs – and has been on our planet for millions of years. But right now they need our help. Poaching of rhinos for their horns and habitat loss are huge […]
Today the NWCU are joining animal lovers all over the world to celebrate one of the most unusual animals in the world: the pangolin! Pangolins are scale-covered, ant-eating mammals known for their body-length tongues and the ability to roll up into an impenetrable ball when threatened. But while pangolins are great at defending against lion […]
In June, female bats usually give birth to a single pup, which they feed on their milk. Young bats are very small (less than an inch) with thin, slightly grey fur. Adult bats will catch thousands of insects each in a night. Bats play an important role in many environments around the world. In the […]
The Peacock Butterfly Inachis io Now it may seem a little strange to have a Butterfly as animal for the Month in November but there are a number of species whose adults hibernate over winter as adults in shelters such as sheds and out-houses. Other species whose adults hibernate include the Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta. […]
October is the month of roaring in the hills, those roaring being red deer stags at the rut. Red deer are the largest deer species in the UK, with only the males- stags – growing antlers. The antlers often prove their worth at this time of year when the stags are battling over a harem […]
White-tailed eagles, sometimes referred to as sea eagles, were exterminated in Scotland in the early part of the 20th century. They are magnificent birds, even bigger than the golden eagle. They are distinctive in that they have a huge yellow powerful bill and – at least in adults – a white tail. In flight they […]
The wren could best be described as a small dumpy bird with an upturned tail and a very loud voice for its size. Its song is a cascade of notes finishing with a loud trill, often sung from a high perch. When annoyed, the wren has a loud scolding tic, tic, tic, sometimes emitted by […]
The grey heron is one of our largest birds, mostly seen at its maximum size when on the ground or in water fishing, with its neck stretched to the full extent. When it is flying, the heron’s wingspan is around two metres and its neck is drawn back towards the body, serpentine-like, though the legs […]
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