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The Young Ones
Up close, it is easy to get water snipe fly larvae the wrong way around. Until, that is, you see them moving. For a start, they don’t have a head as such, since their body tapers to a point, tipped with piercing mandibles. Their back end is thicker a
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The Reclaimers
The Bikini Atoll is a ring of coral islets encircling a turquoise lagoon that sits in the Pacific Ocean about 2,900km north-east of Papua New Guinea. It was used by the United States as a testing ground for nuclear weapons during the 1940s and 1950s
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Choice Locations
1 Falls of Clyde, near New Lanark, is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and is famed for its spectacular waterfalls. Dippers and kingfishers are two of the stars regularly seen here. 2 Dulnain River rises in the Monadhliaths and is a tributary o
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3 Cool Aussie Cephalopods
Likes tidal rock pools along the south coast of Australia and is armed with a potent venom that can kill – but only if it bites you. Typically very shy. A misnomer, since this species is in fact a type of cuttlefish. It's both venomous and poisonous.
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Tia Crouch
By taking to the skies and conducting aerial surveys of peat moors, Tia Crouch is helping to restore these vital carbon stores and fight global warming. Tia Crouch is trying to book a flight. Not to go on holiday, but to conduct an aerial survey of
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Future Arrivals
No fauna is fixed and static. Shieldbugs fly, and since most are secretive plant-feeders, there is always the possibility of them being accidentally transported around the globe in cut flowers or potted plants. Here are three that could make their wa
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Greta Spiders
WHAT IS IT? When the huntsman spider genus Thunberga was named last year after a certain Swedish environmentalist, it contained just a single species. Now, it contains 26. Some of the 25 new ‘Greta spiders’ have been named in honour of other inspirat
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On Our Website
Enjoy a refreshing wild mint mojito with this recipe by wildlife writer Lucy McRobert, including an alcohol-free version: discoverwildlife.com/ mint-mojito Late spring and summer days are great for spotting longhorn beetles. Our illustrated guide lis
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Shieldbug Success
Everyone loves shieldbugs – why else would we have given them such a heroic and heraldic name? These distinctive bugs are relatively large, stout and brightly coloured – and robust enough that they can be picked up with impunity. They walk across the
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Bringing Back Tiger
The sun was getting low over Bardia National Park, Nepal. As wildlife photographer Emmanuel Rondeau and his guide made their way back to camp, they spotted a group of chital deer not far from the park’s border. Huddling tightly and casting furtive gl
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Wild Stream
CBBC shares six films by six young conservationists from around the world. BBC iPlayer, streaming now Sue Perkins’ comedy series returns for a second season on BBC Radio 4. bit.ly/nature-table A new programme narrated by Sir David Attenborough on how
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Feedback
I was delighted to read the article about protecting riverside habitats (Edges of existence, March 2021). Last summer, my wife and I began exploring some rivers in Southern England – some riverbanks are lush, exciting jungles; others barer than many
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Wild Quiz
1) What is this scarce British reptile? A Green lizard B Sand lizard C Common lizard 2) Which butterfly is ‘rising sun’ in French? A Orange-tip B Brimstone C Speckled wood 3) This year, worried scientists were tracking A68a: what was it?
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WildLife
Editor Paul McGuinness Deputy Editor Jo Price Acting Deputy Editor Sarah McPherson Acting Section Editor Catherine Smalley Production Editor Angharad Moran Art Editor Richard Eccleston Picture Editor Tom Gilks Group Digital Editor Carys Matthews Edit
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Oceans Special – packed with amazing underwater photography, the latest science and Gillian Burke on the challenges facing marine conservation The New Big 5 – a global initiative that promotes shooting with cameras, not guns Tree bumblebees – find ou
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Wildlife Watching
Upland watercourses are among Britain’s wildest and wettest places. They are very different beasts from the slow, sluggish, meandering rivers further downstream. Living in such a dynamic habitat poses unique challenges, and so upland streams support
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WEIRD SCIENCE The Crazy Biology Of Cuttlefish
W-SHAPED PUPILS, which are thought to help control the intensity of light entering the eye. THREE HEARTS, two of which pump blood to its gills, while the third circulates blood around the body. BLUE BLOOD, so-coloured thanks to the copper-rich prot
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Q&A
We solve your wildlife mysteries. Email your questions to wildquestions@immediate.co.uk More amazing facts at discoverwildlife.com If you think female African elephants have it tough with their 22-month gestation period, spare a thought for the de
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Drop In The Ocean
“To see a world in a grain of sand,” wrote poet William Blake, but what might our eyes be opened to in a drop of sea water? By using laboratory micropipettes and photographing specially lit water drops, a hidden world of tiny alien organisms is revea
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Befriended By A Fox
I knew I’d been accepted once he left a mouse at the door of my tent. It was 6am, and after this precocious island fox dropped off its prey, he sat there waiting for me to emerge from my dwelling along the rocky, shores of Prisoners Harbor, located o
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Fast Food
A far cry from the ease of a Saturday-night takeaway, this black-backed jackal must stretch every sinew to catch its meal. One of three species of jackal to be found in Africa, it is not a fussy eater – happily hunting everything from reptiles to ins
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Tree Hugger
Beautifully disguised among the dappled greens of the verdant rainforest, the Amazon wood lizard is a master of crypsis – remaining motionless, just its spying eyes swivelling in search of insects. Days tend to be spent vertically, clinging to shrubs
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The People Behind Our Stories
The writer and camerawoman finds out if tigers are making a comeback. “The success of those countries that have already significantly increased their populations has proven it’s possible,” she says. See p36 Curious about what happens when nature rec
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Some Animals Can Survive Without A Body
FULLY-FUNCTIONAL, disembodied heads are the stuff of nightmares and science fiction. But they are also the stuff of proper zoological investigations, one of which featured recently in a gruesomely fascinating viral video. Filmed by biologists at Nara
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Your Photos
I was in Hawaii when I snapped this gold dust day gecko with a moth in its mouth. Another gecko attempted to steal the moth away, and a chase ensued. The pair shot away in a blur of green, up one side of a shed and along the eaves until the first gec
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At Home
Hollywood film producer and environmentalist James Cameron uncovers breathtaking whale behaviour. Announced as a new series for Earth Day 2021, Disney Plus has unveiled a documentary that should excite any whale lover. Filmed over three years in 24
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Whale Song Shakes Up Earthquake Research
If any animals could be described as ‘seismic’, it is surely the baleen whales. These largest of creatures are also the source of the loudest and deepest biological sounds in the oceans. It’s fitting, then, that their rumblings are now being investig
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China’s Wild South-west
The gaze of a golden snub-nosed monkey is strikingly human – yet it was long hunted for meat, fur and traditional medicines. Today, perhaps 15,000 individuals survive in montane forests of Sichuan, southern Shaanxi and Hubei provinces. This Endanger
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Counting Cats
The main method for collecting information on tiger populations across their range is camera-trap. Two devices are positioned on either side of a trail, so that when a tiger passes by, it is photographed from both sides. The striped pattern of a tige
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No More ‘Tiger Kings’
Support for tigers in the wild could be given a further boost thanks to legislative changes currently afoot in the USA, where numbers of tigers in captivity (estimated at 5,000–10,000) far outnumber those in the wild. The Big Cat Public Safety Act is
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