Sam Bryant

Sam loves to learn about animals and their habitats. He has been a nature lover from a very young age, and has been writing papers and articles about wildlife for as long as he can remember.

Large field of white anemone flowers in spring

Wood Anemone (Anemone Nemorosa)

Wood anemones (scientific name Anemone nemorosa) are flowers in the Ranunculaceae family, which is in the buttercup family. It grows in large patches or colonies, which can produce a spectacular sight when blooming in large groups. As one steps into deciduous woodland carpeted by the species, over time, the feet are usually enveloped by carpets …

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close up of Linaria vulgaris, names are common toadflax, yellow toadflax, or butter-and-eggs, blooming in the summer

Toadflax (Linaria Vulgaris)

The name “Toadflax” is mostly used to refer to “Linaria vulgaris”. However, the Linaria genus actually encompasses over 600 species of plants. The genus name “Linaria” comes from a Greek word meaning “lion’s mouth”. The species name “vulgaris”, derived from Latin, means “common”. Toadflax is also sometimes called rabbit flower, butter-and-eggs, wild snapdragon or eyebright. …

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Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus)

The common kestrel (scientific name Falco tinnunculus) is a small passerine bird of the falcon family, which breeds across Europe and parts of Asia. It is a common species in many parts of the UK but is absent from much of North Africa and the Sahel region, southern Eurasia and Australia. The kestrel name derives …

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woodlouse spider

Woodlouse Spider (Dysdera Crocata)

The woodlouse spider (dysdera crocata), also known as the woodlouse hunter, slater spider, sowbug killer or sowbug assassin, is a member of the spider family Dysderidae. It is a type of hunting spider that has developed an effective method for feeding on woodlice, hence the common name. The woodlouse hunter was first recorded in Britain …

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common redpoll on a tree

Common Redpoll (Acanthis Flammea)

The common redpoll (Acanthis Flammea) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae, which breeds in the northern regions of Europe and Asia. It is one of three species in the genus Acanthis, but is also often known as the mealy redpoll, and the common goldfinch, especially when placed within that group’s winter …

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Cowslip (Primula Veris)

Cowslip (Primula Veris)

The cowslip, scientific name Primula Veris, is a wildflower that belongs to the primrose family. It also goes by the name common cowslip, cowslip primrose, key flower, and flower of heaven. It is the county flower of Surrey, Worcestershire, and Northamptonshire. What Does a Cowslip Look Like? The cowslip flower is typically a deep yellow …

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Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas)

The atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is an Asian moth belonging to the family Saturniidae. The name atlas moth is probably derived from Greek mythology, after the titan god Atlas who was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders. The moth’s Cantonese translation means “snake’s head moth” which is most likely because of the markings …

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Common linnet, Linaria cannabina, small passerine bird

Linnet (Linaria Cannabina)

The common linnet (scientific name Linaria cannabina) is a passerine bird that belongs to the finch family. It was previously in the genus Carduelis, but in 2012 was moved to Linaria. Therefore you may see the bird go by Linaria cannabina and Carduelis cannabina. The term linnet is also used to refer to two other …

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