BBC Wildlife Magazine Spring 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

dans ce numéro

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a spike in popularity

Back in 2013, BBC Wildlife asked readers to vote for which species should become Britain’s wildlife icon. It wasn’t a close contest – the hedgehog received 42 per cent of the vote, outstripping the badger in second place by almost two votes to one. As our own Ben Hoare put it at the time, “You won’t find anyone with a bad word to say about Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.” And yet here we are just eight years later, talking about what we need to do to save this national treasure, which was added to the Red List last summer. It seems hard to fathom that a mammal we cherish so dearly should be classified as vulnerable to extinction. Find out how to do your bit from p48. Sticking with garden visitors, this time of…

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the people behind our stories

HELEN SCALES The marine biologist shines a light on the creatures that could be impacted by deep-sea mining. “Delayed by the pandemic, plans for deep-sea mines are likely to go ahead in 2021,” Helen says. See p32 HUGH WARWICK Want to know how to help vulnerable hedgehogs? Ecologist Hugh takes a closer look at current conservation efforts. “Most people love hedgehogs and want to help – they just need a gentle nudge in the right direction,” he says. See p48 NOËL SWEENEY Animals are living beings that are legally classed as ‘things’. Barrister Noël asks if it’s time that changed. “The fight for animal rights is the last moral crusade of the 21st century,” he says. See p66 SARAH RAVEN The writer and all-round gardening guru tells us why grass-of-Parnassus is a particular favourite of hers. “It…

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on the move

Found only in the Namib desert, which sweeps along the coast of Namibia and into southern Angola, Péringuey’s adder is a specialist of shifting sands. As it travels up the dunes, the reptile propels itself using sidewinding motion, leaving a distinctive trail of successive ‘ticks’ in its wake. Sidewinding requires just small portions of the snake to connect with the ground – the rest of the body lifts up and moves laterally. This helps the adder avoid slipping backwards on the ever-moving terrain and means it is less likely to overheat, as contact with the red-hot sand is limited. It’s a clever adaptation for coping with life on the go in the desert.…

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sacred simian

Clinging to its mother, at just a few days old, this newborn southern plains grey langur won’t be fully independent for another two years. Found in India, the species is also known as the Hanuman langur, named after the Hindu monkey god, and is considered sacred. Troops typically consist of a dominant male and several females, who share the responsibility of looking after infants. At 13 months old, the youngsters will be weaned and will spend considerably less time with their mothers. While juvenile males will ultimately have to disperse, females will stay with their natal groups into adulthood.…

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feeling the pinch

While the idea of swimming with sharks may not appeal to those unnerved by films such as Jaws and The Meg, these predators don’t deserve the bad reputation that Hollywood has assigned to them. When photographer Shane Gross set out to get some snaps of lemon shark pups in The Bahamas, his chosen subjects were the least of his worries. It was, in fact, the blue crabs, a main component in the pups’ diet, that gave the photographer grief: “They snuck up on me and they have a tendency to pinch!” Shane says. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water……

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wild month

1 | GOLDEN EAGLE Flying high Fine spring days are at a premium in the Scottish Highlands and islands, but offer one of the best chances of seeing golden eagles. These magnificent raptors, with a head and nape the colour of single-malt, may be glimpsed cresting peaks and gliding along ridgelines, oozing confidence from every primary feather. As the poet Kathleen Jamie notes in her 2019 book Surfacing, eagles have a unique presence on the wing: “What marks them out is the way they treat the air: as a resource, a birthright, theirs in never-ending abundance.” By April, mated females will be hunkered down on a pair of eggs at the eyrie, a commanding rocky ledge sometimes used by generations of eagles. But their mates will be patrolling the territory and hunting for…