BBC Wildlife Magazine September 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.

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1 min
time flies...

I’ll never forget the moment I saw my first hummingbird. I was in Pisac, in Peru’s Urubamba Valley. The previous day had been spent traveling in heat, and the elevation of 3,000m had left me feeling rather lightheaded. After breakfast, I took my coffee into the hotel’s garden and there it was. In my woozy state, I don’t know how long I spent watching it, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t wrap my brain around it. I knew the theory, of course. I’d seen slo-mo videos and illustrations, but seeing it just hanging in mid-air like it was a perfectly reasonable thing to do... well, it was enough to make me forget all about my coffee. The Urubamba Valley is better known as the Sacred Valley of the…

1 min
the people behind our stories

JON DUNN The nature writer’s love of hummingbirds jostles with a feeling of unease. “Their world is one of stark contrasts – of breathtaking beauty but also of imminent danger,” he says. See p42 JHENI OSMAN Gene editing is a rapidly developing science and “the public must be part of this controversial conservation conversation,” says the science writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth. See p50 DAVE HAMILTON “Many wild foods are abundant – but you shouldn’t fill your basket to overflowing,” says the forager, horticulturalist and author. Read his top tips and advice on p38 SOPHIE PAVELLE The zoologist and science communicator wants Britain to wake up to the plight of the grey long-eared bat. “We need to challenge the negative bias towards bats in western society,” she says. See p70…

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in focus

Hot pursuit A southern carmine bee-eater swoops through the miasmic heat haze shimmering above a bushfire in Botswana, in a captivating image by Hannes Lochner – Commended in this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year awards. Why risk life and wing flying so close to the flames? Because there’s rich pickings to be had – bees and other insects attempting to flee the conflagration are snapped up by this dazzling and aerobatic predator, which nests in cliffs and riverbanks in southern Africa. Hanging out Hanuman langurs take their name from the Hindu god of healing and worship, and are considered sacred by the people of Nepal, Kashmir and India, where they’re found. This mother and rather sprightly infant were spotted in India’s Tadoba National Park, a popular destination for tigers. Like all primates,…

4 min
wild month

1 | KESTREL On the verge By September, rough grass can be heaving with small mammals, moving unseen through the thatch of golden stalks at ground level. Some years in Britain, field voles are thought to outnumber humans. This suits kestrels, whose fortunes are tied up with those of the chubby, short-tailed rodents. Voles mean kestrels, and where they are plentiful, the dashing falcons occupy smaller territories. The birds may stay on familiar home turf all year, though others – in particular, juveniles fledged over the summer – move to fresh hunting grounds in autumn, often by the coast. Kestrels have an unrivalled ability to hang in mid-air, tilting their long tail from side to side to keep their head perfectly still as they hover over a few square inches of grass. With…

3 min
mike dilger’s wildlife watching

With towering tree trunks and a sense of space like no other woodland, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Britain’s beech woods are frequently compared to cathedrals. This overwhelming feeling of reverence is magnified by the near-permanent dusk created by the dense canopy, and the openness resulting from decaying leaves underfoot stifling much new growth. But take the time to look carefully and you’ll discover that the floors of our beech woods are home to a number of rare orchids and highly unusual saprophytes – plants that grow on decaying organic matter. At this time of year, beech woods are also popular with fungal foragers hoping to bag boletes and chase down chanterelles. Beech wood as a ‘natural’ habitat is entirely confined to southern England and Wales. The slow northern advance of beech woods…

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species to look out for

Fallow deer Introduced to Britain by the Normans, this shy woodland deer is now considered naturalised here. Intermediate in size between our native red and roe species, the fallow is an elegant deer with a spotted coat and long tail. At this time of year, bucks sport a fine set of palmate antlers (shaped like an open hand), ready for the annual autumn rut. Broad-leaved helleborine This is both the largest and commonest of a number of specialist helleborines that can be found on beech-wood floors in late summer. Growing nearly 1m tall, its long, singular spike produces up to 40 green-and-purple drooping flowers, each with a distinctive heart-shaped lip. Ghost orchid Thanks to its erratic appearances and excellent camouflage, this aptly named orchid must surely be Britain’s hardest-to-find plant. With pale-yellow flowers and a…