BBC Wildlife Magazine April 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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13 Numéros

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age of discovery

As I write, the Government has just announced plans to exit lockdown. For many of us, what we’ll remember most about this period of our lives are the lessons we’ve learned about what we’ve missed, and what we’ve discovered. Our inbox is overflowing with emails from readers raving about the fresh connection they’ve made with the wildlife on their doorstep – I’m sure we’ll all find something to relate to in Paul Hobson’s lockdown adventure in his back garden (p42). As for what I’ve missed, aside from family and friends, the freedom to explore our national parks must come pretty high on the list. Having grown up on the edge of Exmoor, I’ve always been lucky enough to take such places for granted. But the preservation of our public spaces was only…

1 min
the people behind our stories

PAUL HOBSON Confined to his home during lockdown, photographer Paul explored the wildlife that visits his garden: “Throughout the summer, if I wasn’t photographing foxes, I ran my old moth trap.” See p42 JAMES FAIR With huge sums of money spent on orangutan conservation, journalist James asks why the species are still in trouble: “In Borneo, while vast amounts of habitat have been lost to palm oil, the biggest threat to orangutans is illegal killing.” See p52 CHRISTINE SONVILLA The writer reveals why South Africa’s crowned eagles are moving into the suburbs. “The fact that the greater metropolitan area of Durban is home to about four million humans does not deter the birds,” she says. See p66 RADZI CHINYANGANYA The TV presenter and author tells us why he admires the peregrine falcon: “I first fell in love…

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in focus

Green haven The waters surrounding the islands of Belize contain an incredible array of marine life, not to mention the second-largest reef system in the world (designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996). Popular with snorkelers, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is home to three species of sea turtle – green (pictured), loggerhead and hawksbill – among myriad other creatures. Named for the colour of the fat found under its shell, the green turtle mostly eats sea grasses and algae and is the only sea turtle species to have a strictly herbivourous diet as an adult. This reptile is an Endangered species, and steps have been taken over the past few years to protect and improve its habitat off Belize’s shores. Night vision With a wingspan of up to 140mm, the Japanese…

4 min
wild month

1 | WHITE STORK Wings of hope Swallows and cuckoos have long been heralds of spring, but now we can cross our fingers for an eyeful of something larger: white storks cruising north over the English Channel on 2m-wide wings. The birds were reintroduced to Sussex in 2019–2020, and in September some migrated south to Spain and Africa for the winter. They have been tracked mingling with flocks of wild storks from other parts of Europe – good news for the project’s long-term success. It is not clear when white storks died out in Britain, though Benedict Macdonald points out in Rebirding that they fetched big money in London’s game markets as late as the 16th century. After the first successful nesting of reintroduced birds at the Knepp estate in 2020, the hope today…

3 min
hidden britain

NICK BAKER Reveals a fascinating world of wildlife that we often overlook. The primrose is famously one of the earliest hedgebank and wayside wildflowers. It is the ‘prime rose’, the first flower, and so is much loved. In Britain, there is even a day dedicated to it: 19 April. This is such a simple and widespread flower, as befits the second part of its scientific name, Primula vulgaris. But don’t take it for granted. Between its five xanthous (or yellowish) petals, it has some fascinating adaptations. One of the disadvantages of flowering early in the year is that there are fewer pollinating insects around. On the upside, however, you are also guaranteed to have few competitors, so get the undivided attention of any insect on the wing. The primrose is genius in…

1 min
getting antsy

Primroses engage insects in other smart ways as well. Ants are mostly responsible for spreading their tiny seeds, something called myrmecochory (the Ancient Greek for ant is myrmex). Each primrose seed has a fleshy, nutrient-rich projection on the outside, called an elaiosome. A hungry ant picks the seed up by this desirable handle and carries it back to its nest, where the part that the ants in the colony really want is chewed off. The seed is then discarded. In this way, primroses can slowly colonise and creep along hedgerows.…