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The Fur Feather & Fin Guide To Birds & Wildlife

Animal Fact File: Exmoor Pony

Name: Exmoor Pony

Scientific Name: Equus ferus caballus

Description: Exmoor ponies are a small breed of pony reaching up to 12.3hh (130cm). They are stocky with a thick neck and short legs, small ears and a unique ‘toad eye’. This is caused by extra fleshiness around the eyelids, which is beneficial to the pony, protecting them from water and providing additional insulation. The ponies are known to be hardy, with their ability to survive the harsh Exmoor winters.

a brown exmoor pony standing on the moor

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The Fur Feather and Fin Guide To Fruit Picking

Take a step back in time, and we are all foragers. Before homo sapiens developed farming, all of their food was hunted or foraged, just like other animals. Fast forward twenty thousand years or so, and we no longer have to forage for survival; however, the wild delicacies on which we used to feast are still out there. While gaining popularity in recent years, there is always an abundance of free natural goodness out there. Whether you’ve never laid eyes on a wild gooseberry, or are an accomplished seeker, we’ve put together our very own guide to fruit picking. You can enjoy your foraged fruits fresh as you find them, bake them into a delicious country recipe or use them to make your own cordial, gin or vodka infusions.wild strawberries and flowers on a table

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Animal Fact File: Woodpecker

Name: Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picidae

Description: Found throughout the UK in forests and woodlands, they are small with bold pattern, a round head, chisel-like bill and a stiff tail.

Species: Woodpeckers are part of the family Picidae, closely related birds from this family include wrynecks and sapsuckers. There are three species found in the UK, great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), green woodpecker (Picus viridis) and lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor).

Woodpecker bird black white and red perched on a tree

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Guide to British Wildlife: Bats - Part 2

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.

Common pipistrelle in flight

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