Spring and summer is the perfect time to head outdoors with a camera to photograph wildlife and nature. The trees are green, flowers are in bloom, animals are out and playing in the good weather, and the lighting is much better. The UK has loads of native animals, and it is a wonderful experience to capture them in their natural habitats.
In our newest guide to native British wildlife, we are looking at more of the country’s resident bats, the only flying mammal in the world. There are 17 species of bat which are known to breed in Britain, counting for almost a quarter of the country’s native mammals. There are over 1,300 species of bat found across the world, with more being discovered nearly every year. Be sure to read part one of our guide to bats.
Description: The Eurasian teal, also known as common teal or simply teal is widespread and the smallest dabbling duck breed, found in temperate climates across Eurasia. They are sociable birds, forming large flocks outside the breeding season.
With spring officially here, we are likely to see more and more wildlife out and about, particularly visiting our gardens. Everyone enjoys seeing a variety of garden birds visiting their backyard, and there are ways to improve the numbers you see. Why not also record the different species too?
Description: A native to Northern Europe, the pine marten is a small carnivore with semi-retractable claws and a long bushy tail, which allows them to climb and run through trees. They are mainly active at night and dusk, making them hard to spot.
Birds of prey have impressive aerial skills and a hunting instinct which make them the lords of the skies, but do you know the difference between the raptors found across Britain? These birds have much better vision than ours; powerful talons to catch and kill prey, and a hooked beak perfect for tearing the flesh of their victims and eating. Raptors are remarkable predators, and their numbers are once again on the rise.
Description: The Eurasian woodcock is a wading bird with a long, straight tapered bill that is found in temperate and subarctic Eurasia. There are both resident and migratory woodcocks in the UK, with 55,241 resident breeding pairs and 1.4 million wintering birds.
Description: The mallard is the most familiar dabbling duck in Britain, with the green head of the male and mottled brown of the females. A medium sized waterfowl species, it is heavier than other dabbling ducks.