RSPB Where to Go Wild in Britain
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This work offers information on Britain's most spectacular locations and when to visit them. Discover the best of Britain's rich and diverse natural heritage, and enjoy the nation's wildlife at its finest in this month-by-month, region-by-region tour of what to see when. From the magnificent coastal flower displays of The Lizard in March, to the spectacle of seeing peregrine falcons in the unlikely urban setting of Canary Wharf in June, you'll experience first hand the huge array of flora, fauna and habitat to be found within our shores. Find details on hundreds of locations, maps, contacts, access and facilities, opening times and charges, plus great ideas for a whole host of options, giving you the choice in what you want to do and when. Comprehensive and practical, inspiring and evocative, this is your guide to the best that wild Britain has to offer.
sending streams tumbling down to the meadows and sands that sit close to the crystal blue water’s edge. Above and below: All reindeer – males and females alike – grow a new set of antlers every year; mountain hares are always alert to potential danger. As summer turns to autumn, the dotterels leave the area, while the ptarmigans and mountain hares start to moult into their white winter plumage and coats. Flocks of snow buntings ﬂy overhead, and otters can sometimes be seen swimming along the
wetland formed when the area was enclosed from the sea and used for dumping silt dredged from the lough. Birds soon spotted its potential and started to use it, until eventually the lagoon was actively developed into a natural habitat more attractive to a wide range of birds and animals. Today it is considered to be one of the richest bird reserves in Ireland. Wigeons, teals, and shovelers may be joined by vagrants such as the North American green-winged teal, which sometimes overwinters here.
pp.126–127) have around 100,000 pairs of wintering seabirds, including puﬃns and guillemots, and one of Europe’s largest grey seal populations. [N] OCT The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Its northern tip provides a dramatic backdrop for seabirds, including fulmars, kittiwakes, and shags, and its waters are home to Britain’s largest jellyﬁsh, the moon jellyﬁsh. [SC] The Isle of Mull (see pp.226–227), another Inner Hebridean island, is well known both for its seabirds
brambling and great spotted woodpecker. See pp.16–17 NEWPORT WETLANDS GWENT, SOUTH WALES [W] This is a great place to see otters and also fantastic starling roosts – huge “swarms” of birds that ﬁll the sky as the day ends. See pp.16–17 STAINES RESERVOIR MIDDLESEX [SE] Nestling below the ﬂight path of Heathrow this reserve attracts plenty of birds, including peregrine falcons, which like to scan for prey from the pylons. See pp.16–17 Previous page: A winter greeting between two brown hares.
the cliﬀtops have ravens, jackdaws, choughs, stonechats, linnets, and yellowhammers. Buzzards are common on Gower, while Oxwich Marsh has reed and sedge warblers, herons, and kingﬁshers. Hard cliﬀs – made up of granite, sandstone, or limestone – occur mainly in the south of England; northwest and southwest Wales; west and north Scotland; and the north coast of Northern Ireland. Limestone cliﬀs and their associated ﬂora and insect life can be enjoyed on the Dorset coast at Portland (see