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BBC Wildlife Magazine February 2019

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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The raggiana bird of paradise is one of 38 that can be found in Papua New Guinea. Find out more about Sheena’s birdwatching expedition on p40 (Phil Savoie/naturepl.com) This year marks the 40th anniversary since the iconic natural history series Life on Earth came to our TV screens. Most memorable for David Attenborough’s close encounter with mountain gorillas, the programmes also featured many more of the most sublime and fascinating creatures in the animal kingdom. The world was revealed to be a rich and varied place, with animals such as the raggiana bird of paradise, seen in the picture above, delighting viewers with their strange courtship behaviour. In those days, we were largely free of the concerns about the natural world’s health and wellbeing that trouble…

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Buy a digital edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, PC or Mac. Visit iTunes, the Google Play store, Amazon or www.zinio.com to find out more.COVER: Bear: Andy Skillen; elephant: Barcroft Media/Getty; astrapia:Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection/NPL; skeleton: Fran Monks ■…

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ISABELLE GROC Writer Isabelle watched grizzly bears in northern Yukon feasting on chum salmon. “As the temperature dips, water freezes on the bears’ fur,” she says. “In a unique transformation, they become ice grizzlies.” See p18 MARK WARD Nature writer Mark is a self-confessed listing addict. “There’s nothing like the thrill of seeing, or identifying, a species for the first time,” he says. “And adding it to your life list!” See p28 SUE FORBES Photographer and naturalist Sue spent days on deck watching red-footed boobies fishing. “Seeing the speed and accuracy as a booby plunges towards the ocean was stunning.” See p38 JAMES LOWEN Author and naturalist James is mesmerised by winter starling murmurations. “It was amazing to watch the swooping mass…

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wild month

1 | HOUSE SPARROW Out for the count Since 1970, a staggering 178 species of bird have been recorded during the BTO’s Garden Bird Feeding Survey. Helping our garden birds has turned into a national obsession, supported by a multi-million-pound industry that supplies us with a vast array of different seeds and feeding devices. Meanwhile, the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has grown into a hugely popular citizen-science project.For around a decade, the humble house sparrow has clung onto this survey’s top spot, having previously been in second place behind the starling. Yet this cheery statistic masks a relentless decline in its fortunes. In 2018, the average number of sparrows recorded per garden was just over four – down from ten…

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mike dilger’s wildlife watching

AMID CONIFERS IN FEBRUARY (wildlife watcher: visualspace/getty) You are likely to see red deer in Caledonian pine forests, but their increasing population and overgrazing results in poor forest regeneration. With the glaring exception of our native and noble Caledonian pine forests in the Scottish Highlands, all other British evergreen forests are usually considered as little more than an alien habitat. The planting of primarily non-native conifers in huge plantations is a relatively recent phenomenon, which only arose from the need to create a national reserve of timber when woodland cover reached an all-time low of five per cent by the end of World War I.Producing a yield up to six times faster than broadleaf trees, conifers will always be the forester’s timber of choice. But with…