Latest Fauna of the United Kingdom Stories

2008-10-06 00:00:20

News in brief WILDLIFE Schemes to protect natterjack toads, fritillary butterflies and sharks are to receive funding as part of a 5.5m programme to help England's most threatened wildlife. Birds, including cirl buntings and twites, will also benefit from the cash, as will wetland landscapes and marine species, Natural England said. The Government's conservation agency will also fund projects which aim to preserve traditional orchards and moves to restore hedgerows in an attempt to help...

2008-10-01 15:20:00

Scientists in the UK are studying the genes of mice with the goal of tracking human migration patterns throughout history. York University professor Jeremy Searle and colleagues collected genetic data of house mice from more than 100 locations across the UK. One strain in particular was noted to have arrived with the Vikings. Scientists say rodents provide a historic map of past human ventures because the small rodents often accompanied travelers when they set off in search of new places to...

2008-09-18 08:55:00

The low timbre and enticing vibrations of a deep voice have long been considered a key element of male attractiveness. Now it seems that it's not just human females that appreciate a husky vocalization. Research published this month in PLoS One, an online scientific journal, has shown that female fallow deer are attracted to a deep call. Data taken from a deer herd in Phoenix Park, Dublin indicates that the males with high dominance status also have the deepest "Ëœgroans' (the name...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent FROM water voles to sea trout, Pittarthie is teeming with wildlife that would rarely be spotted on other farms. Its owner, Patrick Bowden-Smith, has been so successful in attracting wildlife to his farm in Fife that he is representing Scotland in a UK competition. Sea trout returned for the first time in 60 years after he built a fish ladder in his burn so they could get to spawning beds. And eels wriggle in the water, which is protected...

2008-09-03 16:59:03

This new finding might do Barry White proud - deeper voices can help male deer get it on. Scientists investigated male fallow deer (Dama dama), which regularly groan 60 mating calls per minute during breeding season to attract females - although they can groan up to 90 times per minute right after sex. "They must be the most vocal deer species in the world," said researcher Alan McElligott, a behavioral ecologist now at the University of Nottingham in England. After...

2008-08-13 15:00:00

By AMY HUNT MILLIONS of passengers and hundreds of planes pass through Newcastle International Airport every year. But as well as holidaymakers and flight crew, the 184 hectare airport site has a number of other regular visitors. Great crested newts, bats and red squirrels are among the species found at the site near Ponteland, Northumberland. And bosses at the airport are working to protect and improve the site to attract more wildlife there. The airport has a well-established...

2008-07-01 18:00:00

By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter RARE mammals are reappearing in parts of the North East, thanks to conservation efforts. Endangered pine martens, part of the weasel family, are increasingly being seen in woods around the region. Now conservation bosses are trying to find out how many there are and what more can be done to encourage them to thrive. Pine martens are very shy and difficult to spot in the wild. The species has been brought to the brink of extinction in England because...

2008-05-26 09:55:00

For the first time in over 400 years, the European beaver will be reintroduced to Scotland in the spring of 2009, according to the Scottish Government. Michael Russell, the Environment Minister, quipped, "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond. Four beaver families will be caught in Norway in the fall of 2008, put into quarantine for six months, and released into one of five lochs in Knapdale, Argyll on a trial basis. According to Mr. Russell,...

2008-04-29 11:05:00

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia have reported that they may have discovered a new method of cell manipulation that could potentially be used to create revolutionary fat-burning drugs.Researchers at the Howard Florey Institute removed the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) from lab mice. After removal, they noted significant changes in the mice's metabolisms. On average, mice that were missing the enzyme weighed 20 percent less than the other mice, and had up to 60 percent less body...

2007-11-30 18:00:18

MORE than 80 trees in a country park are to be felled after tests showed them to be unsafe. All of them are alongside the footpaths of Loggerheads Country Park in Denbighshire which attracts 120,000 visitors every year. Tests showed that in the largest beech tree in the park, only a tiny amount of live wood was found to be supporting the whole tree. Every effort is now being made to reduce it to a safe height rather than felling it completely. Moira Young, Denbighshire's county...

Latest Fauna of the United Kingdom Reference Libraries

Natterjack Toad, Epidalea calamita
2014-09-16 16:07:34

The natterjack toad, Epidalea Calamita, formerly Bufo calamita, is a toad endemic to sandy and heathland areas of Europe. The adults are about 60 to 70 millimeters long and are set apart from common toads by a yellow colored line that runs down the middle of the back. They have fairly short legs, and this provides them with a characteristic step, compared to the hopping movement of many other toad species. Natterjacks have a very loud and distinct mating call, amplified by the single vocal...

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...

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