Latest Fauna of the United Kingdom Stories

2009-10-08 13:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Due to late spring/early summer weather conditions across much of the state, Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists expect ruffed grouse hunting to be somewhat below average for the more than 100,000 hunters who annually pursue these challenging game birds. The opening day of the state's three-part grouse season is Saturday, Oct. 17, and runs through Nov. 28. The season reopens Dec. 14 to 23, and then again from Dec. 26 to Jan. 23....

2009-05-20 07:40:03

Fallow deer become hoarse when trying to attract a mate, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. Writing in the journal Animal Behavior, Dr Alan McElligott from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has found that male fallow deer (bucks) can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the peak of the mating season. Their prolonged vocal efforts cause their call structure to break down, leaving them hoarse. During the mating season known as...

2009-04-23 13:24:56

Several organizations are vowing to support the revitalization of the dwindling red squirrel population in Europe. The red squirrel used to dominate the countryside, with more than 3.5 million strong. But now, only about 150,000 remain. Of the remaining, about 75 percent roam the wild in Scotland, and the rest are in protection in northern England. Organizations blame the red squirrel's American cousin, the grey squirrel, for the population decline. Grey squirrels were brought to country...

2009-04-11 13:54:30

Advocates for the return of red squirrels to parts of Britain say they thrive once invasive gray squirrels are eliminated from their habitat. After an absence of 20 years or more, red squirrels are being seen again in parts of Scotland, Wales and England, said the Red Squirrel Survival Trust established by the Prince of Wales. Re-establishment of the red squirrel strengthens the case for killing grays, said Trust officials, arguing reds could be extinct within a decade because of competition...

2009-04-02 11:40:00

A group of wildlife charities are asking for volunteers to carry out a national "stock-take" of the reptiles and amphibians found in the UK's gardens, BBC News reported.The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Froglife and the Herpetological Conservation Trust (HCT) have formed a coalition called Reptiles and Amphibians in your Garden. They're hoping the survey will unite large groups of amateur wildlife watchers including birdwatchers, gardeners, hands-on conservation volunteers and the...

2009-02-11 08:59:28

They may adorable little critters but the grey squirrels in northern Scotland will need more than that on their sides after the release of Britain's biggest culling operation of a mammal. Naturalists and landowners are working together to purge northern Scotland of the squirrels, insisting that they transmit a fatal pox virus and intimidate the petite red squirrel. Scotland is a safe haven for the at risk red squirrel, whose numbers have decreased in Britain since the entrance of its larger,...

2009-01-26 15:50:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission and U.S. Geological Survey's Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Pennsylvania State University today presented an overview of a new deer research project to the Board of Game Commissioners. For the 2008-09 deer seasons, the Board approved a change in the firearms deer season in WMUs 2D, 2G, 3C, and 4B. The change made antlered deer legal for the first five days of the two-week...

2008-12-19 12:05:44

The stoats at an ancient ruined priory in Northern England appear to be preparing for a white Christmas. The mammals have already changed to their white winter coats, The Daily Mail reports. Last year, the change was delayed into January. Stoats, also known as ermine, are brown with off-white bellies. But in the northern part of their range, where an inch or more of snow is usual in winter, they shed the brown fur for a thicker white coat, producing a pelt that was highly valued during the...

2008-12-19 10:28:32

The fabled laboratory mouse "” from which we have learned so much about how the immune system works "” can teach us only so much about how we humans get sick and what to do about it, says a leading researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine.The time has come for immunologists to start weaning themselves from experimental rodents and to embark on a bold, industrial-scale assault on the causes and treatment of specifically human disease, writes immunologist Mark Davis,...

2008-10-15 15:35:00

Scientists in the UK have discovered that some red squirrels have developed immunity to a disease that has posed a threat to the endangered animals. Introduced to the UK from North America in the late 19th Century, grey squirrels are known to spread the pox, and while it has no affect on them, red squirrels who are exposed to the disease will die within weeks. But a new study published in EcoHealth found that a vaccine could bring hope to red squirrels. As the grey squirrels increased their...

Latest Fauna of the United Kingdom Reference Libraries

Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus
2012-11-05 11:36:13

The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus), known as the gray seal in the United States is a species that can be found on shores on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. Its other common names include the Atlantic grey seal and the horsehead seal, because of its elongated nose. It has a large range on the shores of Ireland and Great Britain, with larger populations residing in areas including the Farne Islands near the Northumberland Coast, North Rona near northern Scotland, and Ramsey Island near...

Greater Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
2012-09-03 06:50:52

The greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) can be found in Japan, Africa, Europe, China, South Asia, Korea, and Australia. It prefers a habitat in warm regions, with open scrub and trees, human settlements, and bodies of water like ponds. It will also inhabit older orchards, glades within woodlands, and permanent pastures, among other areas. Many of its roosts occur in houses in the northern areas of its range and in caves in the southern areas of its range. These bats travel to...

Field Vole, Microtus agrestis
2012-08-05 21:06:26

The field vole (Microtus agrestis) is native to Europe, inhabiting a large range that includes Poland, France, Germany, and Belgium, among many other areas. It is not found in Ireland or in Iceland. It prefers a habitat within moist grasslands, like marshes and woodlands and along riverbanks. The population density of the field vole will fluctuate throughout a four-year period. The field vole will dig burrows underground, but it most commonly builds nests on the surface. It reaches an...

Common Vole, Microtus arvalis
2012-08-05 21:02:11

The common vole (Microtus arvalis) is native to Eurasia, with a very large range stretching across many areas. Its preferred habitat includes all areas besides densely forested areas. It will inhabit agricultural lands, and as a result will end up eating the crops found there, although it prefers grass. The common vole varies slightly in size between sexes, with males weighing an average of 1.7 ounces and females weighing 1.4 ounces if not pregnant. It will inhabit home ranges of up to .3...

Lesser Noctule, Nyctalus leisleri
2012-07-28 10:25:12

The lesser noctule (Nyctalus leisleri) is a vesper bat that is native to throughout Europe and western Asia, with a range that extends as far as the Himalayas and the Urals. Its range also includes the Canary Islands, northwest Africa, and Madeira. In Azores, it is thought that the populations there are a separate species called Azores Noctule. It can be found in habitats including coniferous forests, deciduous forests, and occasionally human areas and abandoned buildings. It is considered...

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