To see more pictures of mammals click on the Otter photograph or here
Mammals include cats, dogs, dolphins, bats and squirrels. Almost all mammals give birth to live young (rather than lay eggs) and females feed their young with milk from their own body.
Birds are found in almost all habitats across the world and breed in all seven continents, with the Snow Petrel breeding colony almost 300 miles inland in Antarctica being the most southerly.
Typified characteristics are light-weight skeletal structures, feathers and laying of hard shelled eggs. What distinguishes Birds from virtually all other vertebrate species is the ability of most Birds to fly, the variety of Birds on the Planet is amazing, from the 5cm hummingbird to the 9ft Ostrich and Penguins that have been known to dive 300ft underwater. Birdwatching is one of the most rewarding experiences humans can undertake when engaging with the Natural World.
what is wildlife?
wildlife is widely regarded as all species of animals, plants, fungi or other organisms living or growing in a natural area independently of humans.
wildlife areas are usually natural ecosystems such as forests or grasslands, however as human activity incurs deeper into wildlife habitats, developed urban areas have become increasingly important habitats for wildlife.
on our increasingly developed planet, many species of wildlife are suffering with climate change, through loss of habitat or from illegal poaching. There are many scientists and dedicated zoological establishments working on conservation programmes to breed & release "at risk" species back into the wild, but it is important that we all play our part, whether by sharing and inspiring through wildlife photography, educating each other or simply supporting those in the field, researching, protecting wildlife and combatting further loss of wildlife on the front line. The naturalist Sir David Attenborough encapsulated this best in 2016 when he reminded us....
"It is, surely, our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth" (BBC Planet Earth 2, 2016)
If you have a passion for nature or wildlife, please share that passion, inspire others, help to educate and help to protect wildlife for future generations!
The study of Fungi is called mycology, you may not realise just how important the role that fungi plays in the world but you may have seen Fungi in the soil or growing on trees, playing a vital role in breaking down matter and in the process helping other plants in many ways, consequently benefitting us. There are undoubtedly many types of Fungi around our planet still waiting for science .. or someone like you to discover!