BBC Wildlife Magazine January 2021

BBC Wildlife Magazine is a celebration of the natural world, featuring all the latest discoveries, news and views on wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. With strong broadcasting links, authoritative journalism and award-winning photography, BBC Wildlife Magazine is essential reading for anyone with a passion for wildlife who wants to understand, experience and enjoy nature more.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min
zuzu’s petals

I’ve always loved this time of year – sharing a feast with the family, watching my son and his cousins playing with their new toys, and the chance to reflect as another year’s over, and a new one just begun. Being something of a soppy sausage, one of my festive highlights is watching George Bailey (James Stewart), and his unbridled joy at finding that his mouth is bleeding. For those unfamiliar with Frank Capra’s 1946 masterpiece, It’s A Wonderful Life, there can surely be no more hopeful scene in Hollywood history than Stewart’s realisation that all is not lost. Far from it. In this moment, reality is revealed to George, and whaddya know – his life is full of wonder. After the year we’ve all just endured, I’m sure we could all…

1 min
the people behind our stories

JAMES AGYEPONG›PARSONS Carnivorous plants are making a comeback in England. Journalist James went to meet the ecologist behind it all. “These organisms have as much a place in Britain as the common daisy,” he says. See p32 EIRIK GRØNNINGSÆTER The photographer and field biologist set out to discover more about the plight of the bowhead whale, which was almost hunted to extinction. “Today, rows of whalers’ graves are the only reminder of this period in Svalbard’s history,” he says. See p38 CHRIS PACKHAM Following the adversity faced in 2020, the Springwatch presenter tells us why he’s optimistic for the future: “A lot of people woke up to the fact that we have to offer nature so little in order for it to gain so much.” See p62 BENEDICT MACDONALD Having spent six years studying the wildlife found…

1 min
in focus

Going for a spin Some birds woo potential mates by serenading them, presenting them with gifts or by showing off well-rehearsed dance moves. Bald eagles, it seems, prefer to test each other’s mettle instead. Locking talons in mid-flight, the prospective pair tumble through the sky together – spinning around with dizzying speed, as though enrolled in some sort of stomach-churning g-force experiment. At the end of this daring cartwheel courtship display, having literally fallen head over heels for each other, the duo will mate for life. Fire in the ocean This psychedelic scene reveals the rows of venom-loaded spines that cover a fire urchin’s exterior and help protect it from predators. A tropical species with flamelike coloration, this sea urchin’s common name also alludes to the searing pain experienced by anyone that comes…

4 min
wild month

1 | BEWICK’S SWAN Winter whites Crowds of wild swans make the perfect winter spectacle in frosty fields and on mist-wreathed lakes, throwing beautiful shapes as they feed, preen and jostle for space. Some are orange-and-black billed mute swans, resident throughout the year, and these are joined by two migratory species. Bewick’s swans come from Arctic Russia, whooper swans (the larger of the pair) from Iceland, and both have elegant black bills splashed with sunflower yellow. Their voices are utterly different, too. While mute swans are – despite their name – not exactly silent, they can’t compete with the spine-tingling, discordant babble of honks and bugles of these winter visitors. At the Welney Wetland Centre in Norfolk, part of the low-lying Ouse Washes floodlands, you can see all three species at daily swan…

3 min
mike dilger’s wildlife watching

From peregrines to black redstarts, charismatic species can be found thriving in the very heart of our metropolises. But many other ‘urban’ species rarely venture into the concrete, glass and steel world of office blocks, shopping centres and pedestrian plazas. Instead, they prefer the more relaxed ambience of our leafier suburbs. More than 80 per cent of England’s human population also live in suburbs, and it transpires what works for 47 million of us is equally acceptable to a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife. Most suburbs, certainly in Britain, slowly took shape in the 19th century, when rapid changes in transport enabled a larger proportion of the urban population to move out of the centres and live for the first time at a distance from where they worked. Planners and reformers…

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species to look out for

Red fox Britain’s sole (and sadly much-maligned) native canid is one of our most familiar mammals, yet it only moved into our towns and cities after World War II. Now is the peak of the fox mating season, which means this is usually the best month to hear the species’ blood-curdling screams and three-stanza barks through the night. Tawny owl Found in many parks, squares and churchyards with large trees (and some big gardens), the tawny is the most urban of British owls. Its beautiful plumage comprises at least 50 shades of brown. The species breeds early in the year, so territorial pairs are particularly noisy in autumn and winter: listen for quavering hoots and shrill ‘kee-wick’ calls. Waxwing Gorgeous pinkish-brown plumage, a perky crest and unusual, wax-like feather tips make this an unforgettable bird.…