BBC Wildlife Magazine July 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.

Pays:
United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
5,38 €(TVA Incluse)
34,96 €(TVA Incluse)
13 Numéros

dans ce numéro

1 min
staying out for the summer

I’ve always loved the British summer – rockpools and sand dunes, or a walk in the woods, with the shade of the trees providing welcome respite from the baking sun. I love being bathed in every shade of green, everything in full bloom, insects going about their business. Shieldbugs are a current favourite in our house, and my son and I enjoy popping one into his bug catcher to see if we can identify it. But in this enforced ‘staycation summer’, many people who work for wildlife are bracing themselves for an influx of tourists getting too close, causing damage and disturbance to the very thing they’ve come to see in the first place. Nature reserves aren’t parks, yet they’re so often used as places for recreation. It’s a difficult balance to…

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1 min
the people behind our stories

SUZI ESZTERHAS The award-winning wildlife photographer gives us an insight into the life of meerkats. “A beautiful thing about meerkat society is that all adults babysit and feed the pups – all except Mum, who leaves them to it,” she says. See p48 JAMES LOWEN Naturalist and moth-lover James shines a light on the plight of this underappreciated insect. “From the general public’s perspective, downturns in moth fortunes might actually be celebrated rather than lamented,” he says. See p58 ANDREW GRIFFITHS When it comes to wildlife tourism, there is “a very real danger that we might destroy the very thing we have come to see,” says the nature writer. He investigates how we can make ‘staycationing’ sustainable. See p66 ELLA AL-SHAMAHI “Humans see ourselves as distinct from the animal kingdom,” says the palaeoanthropologist and TV presenter. “Chimpanzees…

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1 min
in focus

Fish-eye view Nightmarish to those with a fear of snakes, dreamlike to others, this surreal, topsy-turvy shot was taken from the bottom of a stream in the Sierra de Gredos mountain region in Spain. Surprised by the sight of the underwater photographer, the viperine water snake swam upwards towards the refuge of waterside vegetation. Despite its name, they are actually nonvenomous, but so-called because of their viper-like appearance. No risk to the human bather then, but if you are a fish or frog, best to watch out! Close encounter Sprinkled with droplets of dew, you’d be forgiven for being unable to identify this shaggy creature. It’s actually a meadow brown butterfly – the head, to be precise. This one was pictured in Ledston, Yorkshire, but this species is a common sight across Britain…

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4 min
wild month

1 | BATS Count our blessings As long as there have been churches, bats have used them for their maternity colonies. The big, complex roof spaces could almost have been designed with bats in mind, thanks to their numerous exits and countless dark corners, perfect for nursing mothers and their babies to hide in. About 6,000 of Britain’s old churches were once estimated to contain bat roosts, but a new survey being carried out by Bats in Churches aims to produce a more up-to-date figure. By involving local congregations, the study will hopefully also lead to more positive PR for bats, often maligned for the mess their droppings make. We joke about ‘bats in the belfry’, yet in reality church towers are draughty and noisy. In summer, maternity colonies are more likely to be…

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4 min
mike dilger’s wildlife watching

Gloriously flower-rich and sadly in many ways a habitat of a bygone era, Britain’s hay meadows tend to be divided, by those in the know, into two categories. With altitude the key factor, the upland hay meadows – unlike their lowland counterparts – are generally found in a broad swathe above 200m, yet crucially below an altitude of about 400m, where acid grassland or moorland then take over as the dominant vegetative force. Invariably found on either the valley bottoms or the gentle lower slopes of our upland valleys, these floristically rich meadows tend to have the appearance of small fields, frequently enclosed by stone walls, with many additionally containing their own small, stone barn. Confined to the cool climates encountered across much of northern England, with a few outliers in Scotland,…

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species to look out for

Globeflower The bright yellow, tightly bunched blooms of globeflower have become a far less common sight in recent decades. This striking member of the buttercup family prefers the cool and damp locations offered by upland hay meadows – if they are out of the reach of nibbling sheep! Wood cranesbill Considered the upland equivalent of meadow cranesbill, the wood cranesbill’s smaller purplish-pink flowers contrast with the violet-blue colour of its more common (and southerly) cousin. Wood cranesbill has become the quintessential plant of upland hay meadows and is a nod to to the original forest clearings. Yellow wagtail Both smaller and sleeker than a pied wagtail, there can be no confusing the bright yellow face and underparts of a male yellow wagtail in summer plumage. Raising one or occasionally two broods in pastures, meadows and…

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