High up in the treetops, the lesser spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos minor quietly creeps along branches in search of insects. Distant drumming and a quick flash of black and white wings, and the tiny woodpecker disappears once again.
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THE RED SQUIRREL
With his tufted ears and bushy tail, the red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris leaps between pine trees in search of cones and seeds. His russet coat & friendly face make this elusive creature a delight to see.
Species of red squirrel in the UK:
Appearing from untidy garden corners after dark, the curious hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus scampers around gardens looking for unsuspecting beetles and worms. This prickly little ball is undoubtably one of Britain's favourite garden visitors.
Species of hedgehog in the UK:
The charismatic buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris playfully dances fromflower to flower collecting pollen andnectar to store in the nest. This diligentinsect unknowingly pollinates our cropsand wildflowers as she busily works toserve the queen bee and her offspring.
Species of bumblebee in the UK:
The tiny brown long-eared batPlecotus auritus roosts silently by dayin small nooks within buildings andtrees awaiting unheeding moths to adornthe air. With its delicate long ears and pinknose, this delightfully intriguing creatureis master of the night sky.
Species of bat in the UK:
The privet hawk moth Sphinx ligustri elusively tucks itself away by dayin gardens and woodlands, patientlywaiting for the darkness of the night. Elegantly floating amongst privet,lilac & ash, this striking moth graces our gardens for only two months each year.
Species of moth in the UK:
The timid hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius scurries amongst treetops under the cover of the night sky. With shiny black eyes & long furry tail, he feeds on hazelnuts and blackberries ready for his long winter hibernation.
Species of native dormouse in the UK: