The largest-ever-recorded blue whale was an Antarctic female who also...
There’s something about badger watching that heightens the senses. You sit quietly in the fading light, the calm punctuated only by snatches of birdsong, the breeze and bustlings in the undergrowth, willing those stripy black-and-white noses to appear.
The April dawn chorus may be a tuneful wake-up call for us, but it's a serious business for garden birds. Males must sing ceaselessly from first light to keep their mate's attentions from wandering.
Over the years, you will accumulate great memories of days in the field, so to whet your appetite, here are my top 10 birding moments.
So, you’ve learned the basics about British birds and know where your local patch is, how to use your binoculars and the correct birding lingo. But now you want to spread your wings and go birding overseas.
You’re sitting in a hide and overhear other birders talking. The conversation ranges from ‘LRPs’ and ‘roosting Leos’ and you scratch your chin as you try to decipher their code – welcome to the world of birding jargon.
Once Britain’s most common bird of prey, the kestrel has suffered an alarming decline in recent years. Charlie Elder finds out if the motorway falcon is on the verge of a crisis.
‘Twitching’ divides opinion more than almost anything else in the wildlife world. Some birders hate being considered a twitcher, while those in the ‘fraternity’ are proud of their pursuit. So what is twitching, and is it something you want to get involved in?
More than any other nationality, the British are passionate about birds. Stephen Moss chooses 25 species and defining moments that reveal how these fascinating creatures have inspired our culture and turned us into a nation of birdwatchers.
Some of us think the feral pigeon is a pest, but Steve Harris is smitten by this tough, adaptable and really rather useful bird.