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BBC Wildlife Magazine November 2018

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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

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Every year we look forward to seeing the results of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition because we know we’ll be treated to a feast of superb and innovative images. We’ve turned over our photo story pages this issue (from p76) to a showcase of winners, including two from the under-18s categories. As in previous years, the photographers’ works not only highlights the glory of the natural world but also its vulnerability. These powerful images help to motivate all of us to care for Earth’s rich diversity of animals. The new landmark BBC series, Dynasties, will also open eyes to the wonder of five most iconic species. As we went to press, the programme dates were yet to be set, but the trailers were promising a spectacular show. We’ve focused…

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the people behind our stories

NIKI RUST Niki Rust is an environmental scientist and writer. “Climate change will be the number one threat to wildlife in the future. The work that Will Reid is doing to understand how this will affect wildlife is crucial.” See p55 STEFAN BUCZACKI Fascinated by the history and natural history of burial grounds, Stefan says, “They are possibly our most under-appreciated wildlife sanctuaries and their care and conservation is supremely important.” See p42 ALEX MORSS Ecologist Alex works with a range of protected species, including bats. “To many of us, bats are mysterious,” she says. “They so often dwell in the shadows right beside us, and yet remain so enigmatic.” See p60 SARAH MCPHERSON Section editor Sarah spent a week on the Northern Colombia Birding Trail, and saw more than 200 species. “The country could become one…

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wild month

1 | ATLANTIC OAKWOODS Wild wood A tree is the “grandest, and most beautiful of all the productions of this Earth”, wrote the artist William Gilpin in 1791. Published during the Romantic era, his influential book Remarks on Forest Scenery promoted the idea of woods as picturesque places that stir the soul. That is certainly true of Wistman’s Wood, on Dartmoor in Devon, which is often described as ‘magical’ or ‘fairytale’. In one of his columns for BBC Wildlife Magazine , nature writer Richard Mabey called it a “goblin” wood and quoted novelist John Fowles: “It is the silence, the waitingness of the place, that is so haunting.” The wizened, stunted oaks of Wistman’s Wood are contorted into strange shapes by a combination of exposure to prevailing winds and poor soil. They look…

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mike dilger’s wildlife watching

The famous naturalist John Muir once declared “the mountains are calling and I must go”. And for any natural historian keen to track down some of Britain’s remotest creatures as they prepare to hunker down for winter, there can be no finer time to head for the hills than November. If montane wildlife is your quarry of choice, then the only country in the UK able to offer the full complement of species from this select, hardy group is, of course, Scotland. The Scottish Highlands and mountainous islands offer at best a stark and beautiful landscape unparalleled anywhere else in the British Isles – and at worst a forbidding domain just waiting to trip up the unwary. While hardly wishing to discourage any intrepid naturalists, it should be pointed out that…

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species to look out for

Mountain hare Superficially similar to the brown hare, but more compact and with shorter ears, the mountain hare will exchange its grey-brown summer coat for a winter-white pelage. In recent years numbers have declined dramatically and the population is now less than one per cent of their initial levels. They are most active at dawn and dusk. Ptarmigan Marginally smaller than its moorland cousin the red grouse, the ptarmigan radically changes its summer plumage – predominently grey, brown and black barring – to a startling white, with a splash of black, in winter (pictured right). Rarely dropping below 1,000m, the ptarmigan is the montane megastar everybody wants to see. Snow bunting Losing its glorious pied breeding plumage, this stocky bunting turns sandy and rusty brown in autumn. Now is the time they form flocks, and…

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choice locations

1 The Cuillin, Isle of Skye is a range of hills best tackled with a guide on a clear day. For those fit and experienced enough to reach the top ridge, the wildlife will make the climb worthwhile. 2 Beinn Eighe, Highlands near Kinlochewe, close to Scotland’s west coast, was Britain’s first national nature reserve. Trails to the higher elevations offer a great chance of ‘goldies’ and ptarmigan. 3 Findhorn Valley, Highlands around 25 miles from Inverness. This ‘valley of raptors’ has possibly the best views of golden eagles in Britain. At higher elevations it also has a healthy population of mountain hares. 4 Cairn Gorm, Highlands is the premiere spot for watching montane wildlife in the UK. On a clear day, you can watch ptarmigan from the roof terrace of the Ptarmigan…