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.

Swallow In Flight On Blue Cloudy Skies

Swallow (Hirundo Rustica)

The swallow (also known as barn swallow), or scientific name Hirundo rustica in Latin, is one of the 20 most common garden birds found in Europe. They are migratory birds that inhabit rural areas as well as urban ones. They can be found living in abandoned and open-fronted buildings, on fences, under bridges, and on …

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jay in natural habitat (Garrulus Glandarius)

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus Glandarius)

The jay (scientific name Garrulus glandarius) is the most colourful member of the Corvidae family, which has been around for 10 million years and includes more than 120 endemic species. Unlike others in the crow family that have black plumage (like crows and jackdaws), jays have a very small amount of black feathers. Jays are also …

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Crane flies are flies in the family Tipulidae

Crane Fly (Tipula Paludosa)

The crane fly (tipula paludosa) is a large insect belonging to the Tipulidae family (which contains many families of parasitic insects) and order Diptera. They go by many different names, such as the shovel fly, mosquito hawks, and more commonly in the UK daddy longlegs. These flies are generally harmless to humans, although they can …

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The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

Jackdaw (Corvus Monedula)

The jackdaw (scientific name Corvus monedula) is a passerine bird in the crow family, native to Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. It is known by many different names, such as the western jackdaw, the Eurasian jackdaw or the European jackdaw. It is possibly the most abundant species of crow in Europe, with an …

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Peacock butterfly

Peacock Butterfly (Inachis Io)

Hailing from Argentina and Bolivia, the peacock butterfly (inachis io) is an iridescent jewel of nature. It is the only member of the genus known as Marpesia in the family Nymphalidae, and it’s easy to see why when you take a closer look. Often mistaken for a moth, the peacock butterfly has an opalescent green-blue colour …

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A closeup shot of a dunnock bird perched on a bush

Dunnock (Prunella Modularis)

A dunnock (scientific name prunella modularis) is a Eurasian songbird in the family Mimidae. It is also known as the hedge sparrow or hedge warbler, and is often mistaken for the female house sparrow. The word dunnock comes from the medieval Dutch term for this bird, “dunnik”. Dunnock is also a surname, particularly associated with …

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Chaffinch fringella coeleb

Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs)

The chaffinch (scientific name fringilla coelebs) is a wild bird species that is a member of the Fringillidae family, which also includes the sparrow, crossbill, and common linnet. It can be found in large flocks all around northern Europe and Asia, and Northern Africa. You may often hear chaffinches singing as it’s one of the …

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European Polecat (mustela putorius)

Polecat (Mustela Putorius)

The polecat (scientific name Mustela putorius) is a medium-sized carnivorous member of the mammal society and mustelid family. It was proposed as the ancestor of both domestic cats and ferret, but later studies cast doubt on this hypothesis. The polecat has been called by many names over the years by various cultures, including the ‘stinker’ …

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