Britain is home to varied and beautiful flora and fauna. Each issue offers the chance to learn about the animals and birds that inhabit our fields, rivers and coasts, and we explain how there’s more to many of our farm animals than meets the eye. In-depth features explore the often unique habitats to be found across the British Isles, and we meet the people keeping traditional rural ways of life alive.
In late summer, the kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, is busy finding food not just for itself, but for a brood of chicks. Tilting its head from side to side, it assesses the movements of a small shoal of sticklebacks in the water below…
The Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus, is, as its name suggests, the most evident and by far the most widespread of Britain’s seven species of Blue butterflies. It can be seen through virtually the whole of Britain, apart from on the high tops of the Welsh mountains and the Scottish Highlands.