Emily Skivington | 27 October 2023
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The UK is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from the majestic red deer to the tiny field mouse. But with so many animals to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to start looking. Here are a few tips on how to spot different animals in the UK’s wildlife:

Look for signs

One of the best ways to find animals is to look for signs of their presence. This could include tracks, droppings, feathers, or even just a disturbed area of ground. For example, if you see a pile of deer droppings, you know that deer are in the area. Or, if you see a patch of flattened grass, it could be left over from a resting deer.

Listen for sounds

Many animals make distinctive sounds, so listening carefully can help you to locate them. For example, deer are known for their loud roars during the rutting season, while birds can be identified by their calls.

Be patient

Animals are often most active at dawn and dusk, so these are the best times to go looking for them. However, it’s important to be patient, as it can take time to spot an animal.

Use binoculars or a telescope

Binoculars or a telescope can be helpful for getting a closer look at animals. This is especially useful for spotting smaller animals or animals that live in the upper areas of woodlands or fly through the sky.

Be aware of your surroundings

It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when you’re looking for animals. This means being mindful of the noise you make, as well as the smells you’re carrying. Animals are easily spooked, so it’s important to be as quiet and stealthy as possible.

Respect the wildlife

If you do find an animal, it’s important to respect its space. Don’t get too close, and don’t try to touch or feed the animal. Remember, wild animals are wild animals, and they can be unpredictable.

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Here are some specific tips for spotting some of the UK’s most common animals:

  • Red deer: Red deer are the largest land mammals in the UK, and they can be found in forests, mountains, and moorland. Look for signs of deer, such as tracks, droppings, and antlers. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, so these are the best times to go looking for them.
  • Foxes: Foxes are common throughout the UK, and they can be found in both urban and rural areas. Look for foxes at night, as they are nocturnal animals. Foxes are often attracted to leftover food, so they can sometimes be seen scavenging in bins and alleyways.
  • Badgers: Badgers are nocturnal animals that live in setts, which are underground burrows. Look for signs of badgers, such as sett entrances, badger paths, and badger droppings. Badgers are most active at night, so this is the best time to go looking for them.
  • Rabbits: Rabbits are common throughout the UK, and they can be found in fields, gardens, and parks. Look for rabbits during the morning, as they are most active at this time. Rabbits are often seen feeding on grass and other plants.
  • Squirrels: Squirrels are common in both urban and rural areas, and they can be seen in trees, parks, and gardens. Look for squirrels during the day, as they are most active at this time. Squirrels are often seen feeding on nuts and seeds.

With a little patience and effort, you’re sure to spot some amazing wildlife on your next trip to the wilderness UK.

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