BBC Wildlife Magazine October 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min
a day in the life…

Life: there’s nothing else quite like it, as my brother once quipped to me. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve come back to that line. There’s such an extraordinary amount of it, and in every conceivable form. Just look at our features this issue. Our cover feature explores the vastly different worlds separated only by the surface of the ocean. Those two worlds above and below couldn’t be more different, as David Doubilet’s remarkable photographs illustrate (p36). Then, on the west coast of the USA, we gaze up at the tallest living things on Earth (p52) – many of these redwoods were already hundreds of years old when the first Europeans made landfall. We also meet a rare antelope in Africa (p60), an even rarer songbird in the South…

1 min
the people behind our stories

DAVID DOUBILET The photographer shares his love of life beneath the waves. “These photographs invite you to look through the surface, imagine, dream and come to know the sea,” he says. See p36 LIV GRANT “The trusting innocence of the Fatu Hiva monarch is an anachronism, a relict of a time before humans wrought calamity on these islands and taught the birds to fear,” says the film-maker. See p46 LYNN HOUGHTON The travel writer heads to Highway 128 in California. “Redwoods dominate the landscape for miles, a breath-taking sight that compels drivers to stop and stand among giants.” See p52 EMMANUEL RONDEAU The wildlife photographer, writer and film-maker lugged 150kg of equipment through a Guianan jungle to get his prized shot of a jaguar. “Amid this vast ocean of forest I felt insignificant,” he says. See p74…

1 min
in focus

Lean on me Mum provides a handy leaning post for baby bear in this amusing image shortlisted for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 (the winners will be announced on 22 October). For brown bears in the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, summer has been spent gorging on protein and fat-rich salmon. Nursing her cub in between fishing sessions, at the end of the glut the mother may have gained up to 200kg. Her efforts will see them through the lean winter months when plants and berries are the only thing on the menu. One small step An aphid nymph reaches the summit of its walk along the edge of a fly agaric mushroom – the round, red fungi with white spots beloved of fairytales and garden gnomes. Adult females can asexually produce living young…

4 min
wild month

ONLINE THE MEANING OF TREES Professor Fiona Stafford on birch. 1 | SILVER BIRCH Lady of the woods Among our native trees, the silver birch puts on one of the most spectacular autumn displays. Golden leaves provide a beautiful contrast with pale, peeling bark, enhanced by the dappled effect created by the tree’s naturally open and airy structure. In a breeze, the burnished foliage dances and shimmers. Birch was known as the ‘lady of the woods’ in Irish Gaelic poetry, and more recently, in Coleridge’s romantic poems. This isn’t a large or long-lived tree. Many birches don’t see out a century; some will already show signs of rot and decay in their sixth decade. Their importance to the landscape comes not through longevity, but as environmental pioneers: birch saplings are often the first trees to colonise…

3 min
mike dilger’s wildlife watching

Occupying that space where land, sea and sky seem to merge, intertidal mudflats must surely be one of the most ‘natural’ of all the many highly modified habitats now enountered in modern-day Britain. Entirely framed at its lower reaches by the sea, the area of mudflat closest to land – and therefore furthest away from the daily scouring effects of the tide – will eventually morph into vegetated saltmarsh. Located in estuaries and bays, mudflats will form in any relatively sheltered location where fine silt and clay sediments that have originated from rivers are allowed to settle, before ultimately forming the wide, open expanses so familiar along large sections of our coastline. To the untrained eye, mudflats can appear superficially similar to both sandbanks and sandy beaches, however, the physical properties…

1 min
species to look out for

Knot Breeding in the High Arctic, this medium-sized, dumpy wader will have lost its brick-red breeding plumage by October, making its key distinguishing feature no longer a distinguishing feature! With knot, however, it is all about the power of the collective, with large swirling, whirling flocks often forming when pushed off the mud by the advancing tide. Oystercatcher Large and stocky, with black-and-white plumage and a distinctive carrotlike bill, this noisy and excitable wader is an ever-present feature across our mudflats from autumn onwards. The oystercatcher’s main foods during winter are mussels and cockles, which are either prised or stabbed open with a strong bill. Shelduck Larger than a mallard, with a bottle-green head, chestnut breastband, black shoulders and a bright-red bill, the shelduck is a handsome addition to any mudflat during winter. Following a…