BBC Wildlife Magazine2 min de lecture
Not Everything Is As It Seems
Sometimes, the most obvious answer to a question isn’t the right one. Take the uncanny similarity between the fruits of the creosote bush and the velvet ants that share their North American desert habitat. New research overturns a widespread consensu
BBC Wildlife Magazine7 min de lecturePsychology
Teenage Fix
Next time you’re scanning your local patch for wildlife, keep an eye out for one of Britain’s rarest creatures. If you’re lucky, you might glimpse a shy bittern through dense reeds, or a hen harrier above a windswept moor. But according to research p
BBC Wildlife Magazine3 min de lecture
Feedback
Following your article about Dave Slater, Natural England, issuing licenses for taking peregrine falcons from the wild for falconry (June 2020, Wild news), I feel shocked by this decision. In his blog, he states “numbers are greater than at any time
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lectureMedical
Magpies And Pigeons Can’t Get A Good Night’s Sleep
The first study to measure neurological responses to light pollution in wildlife by La Trobe University and University of Melbourne has discovered that urban birds are being kept awake. Light comparable to street lighting in strength can disrupt the
BBC Wildlife Magazine2 min de lecture
Pumas In The Peaks
Nestled in the southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park may be famous for its windswept granite peaks and impossibly turquoise lakes, but in recent years it’s also become known as one of the best places in the world to en
BBC Wildlife Magazine2 min de lecture
More Haste, Less Speed
The call crackled through on the radio – leopard! Spotted right in front of our lodge in Nxai Pan, north-east Botswana, it was the first that had been sighted in the area for months. The trouble was, we’d departed from camp an hour ago and were now u
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Bathynomus Raksasa
WHAT IS IT? It’s probably fair to say that terrestrial isopods, known variously as woodlice, cheesy bugs, dandy sows or chiggy pigs, would have rather different names if they grew to the size of some of their marine relatives. This new species exceed
BBC Wildlife Magazine6 min de lecture
Swimming The Gauntlet
Each year, as the long summer days draw to an end, the Atlantic coast of Florida becomes the setting for a strange phenomenon. Along the beaches lined with high-rise apartment blocks, it looks as though an oil spill has hit. But these dark slicks, wh
BBC Wildlife Magazine2 min de lecture
Moby
The New Big 5 project is creating a big five of wildlife photography, rather than hunting. It’s clearly a much better idea to take a photograph, so you can appreciate and marvel at an animal. No one but a psychopath marvels at a dead animal. I nomina
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lectureNature
In Numbers
is the year the Somali sengi, a tiny species of elephant shrew, was lost to science. It has now been rediscovered in Djibouti by a team of scientists. since it was last recorded at the Gloucestershire site, the large blue butterfly has been successf
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Forging Fish Connections
Striped mullet play a key role throughout their life-cycle, forming connections within ecosystems. These oily fish are packed with energy, which they obtain from low down in the food-web, feeding on rotting organic matter at the bottom of estuaries a
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lectureNature
The Expert View
Coyotes and wolves belong to the family Canidae. They are social species that often live in packs ranging from 2 to 15 members, with the alpha pair maintaining pack social structure by controlling the breeding and provisioning of pups and betas in th
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
The Narrowest Of Escapes
Every prey animal worth its salt has a good escape plan. Few, though, wait until they’ve actually been eaten before they execute it. While most predators kill their prey before swallowing it, frogs gulp it down when it’s still alive and kicking, allo
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Catching Mullet On Camera
Photographing a tumultuous bait ball underwater comes with risks, chiefly because sharks can make mistakes: “The splashing of a hand or a kicking of a foot are sometimes interpreted by sharks as being a mullet,” says George Burgess, who for years co-
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Sharks Can Be Sociable And Hang Out With Friends
A NEW STUDY of grey reef sharks garnered plenty of attention in August, when many reports claimed it showed they ‘hang out with friends’. The research at the Pacific’s remote Palmyra Atoll, south of Hawaii, was led by Florida International University
BBC Wildlife Magazine5 min de lectureNature
Q&A
Email your questions to wildquestions@immediate.co.uk More amazing facts at discoverwildlife.com Taking over empty shells for protection is a neat trick. However, for hermit crabs, the quest for the perfect home is a lifelong preoccupation full of c
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Snap Happy...
Often over our evening meal, when we all talk about our days, I tell my family about some of the incredible wildlife photographs that I’ve had the pleasure of looking through that day, sharing sneaky peeks of the cream of the crop. And now it’s you
BBC Wildlife Magazine3 min de lecture
Mark Carwardine
Surely, hydropower has had its day? I’ve never understood why it’s always touted as an environmentally friendly source of renewable energy, when it is anything but green. It comes from dams built in large rivers. They block the flow and store vast qu
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
How Snakes Eat
Yes, but their sense of smell is better. Flicking their tongue enables snakes to take a wide sample of the scents around them, which are interpreted by the Jacobson’s organ in the roof of their mouth These smells give snakes information for hunting,
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
The People Behind Our Stories
Here to shed some light on a mysterious kingdom of life, the biologist reveals just how important fungi are. “The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them,” he says. See p32 Spending time in Harar, Ethiopia, saw the writer encoun
BBC Wildlife Magazine2 min de lectureNature
Oliver Metcalf PhD student, Manchester Metropolitan University
With another devastating forest fire season now well under way in the Amazon, scientists are working hard to understand how fire and selective logging impacts wildlife in the world’s largest rainforest. One of the most exciting new technologies now b
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Dermatotrophy
They say mothers will do anything for their children, and one little-known group of sightless, worm-like amphibians takes this to extremes. In some species of caecilian (pronounced ‘sisilly-un’), females allow their offspring to tuck in – literally.
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
In Focus
Hummingbirds are masters of flight. They’re lightning fast, have the ability to hover in mid-air and are the only birds capable of flying backwards. This impressive set of skills is brought to the fore as the iridescent bundles of energy feast on the
BBC Wildlife Magazine7 min de lecture
Fascinating FUNGI
Fungi are everywhere but they are easy to miss. They are inside you and around you. They sustain all that you depend on. As you read this, fungi are changing the way that life happens, as they have done for more than a billion years. They are eating
BBC Wildlife Magazine6 min de lecture
At Home
The destructive actions of humans and a vision for the future. DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET IN CINEMAS 28 SEPTEMBER (FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY), COMING SOON ON NETFLIX The wait is over. Postponed by the pandemic, this film celebrating the life
BBC Wildlife Magazine3 min de lecture
Wild Month
Anyone wanting to hear a tawny owl – or perhaps glimpse its shadowy form silhouetted against the last scrap of daylight – should go for a stroll on a pleasant autumn evening. October and November is when these ethereal birds really make their presenc
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lecture
Rise Of The Zombie Fungi
Once inside a living insect, zombie fungi control the behaviour of their hosts with exquisite precision. Ophiocordyceps compels ants to climb and grip onto plants in a zone with just the right temperature and humidity to allow the fungus to fruit –
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lectureNature
Wild Stream
Go behind the scenes of the largest medical facility for treating elephants from sanctuaries in Thailand. My5, streaming now Keep an eye out for avian visitors to the Brownsea Lagoon in Dorset. bit.ly/2QSXzjy Is it possible to communicate with sperm
BBC Wildlife Magazine3 min de lectureNature
Hidden BRITAIN
As long nights and cooler temperatures envelop us, summer and all of its defining sights and sounds seem far behind. This feeling gets me asking questions and playing mind games. Where, for example, are all the butterflies? Of our 57 resident butterf
BBC Wildlife Magazine1 min de lectureBiology
Extreme Fungi
One of the most fascinating aspects of the fungal kingdom is their ability to form lichens – symbiotic organisms formed from the union of fungi with photosynthetic partners (algae or bacteria). By forming lichens, all of the partners are able to surv
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