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.
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.
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).
Description: The Scottish wildcat is similar in appearance to a domestic cat, but has a heavier head, larger body and longer limbs. The tail is stocky and bushy with black rings, which help it stand out from hybrids.
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?