How To Identify Stoats And Weasels

The mustelids are a group of mammals which in the UK include badgers, otters, polecats, stoats and weasels. Of these the greatest problems with identification seem to be how to tell a weasel from a stoat and so I thought a few pointers may come in useful. Fortunately once you know the differences between these … Read more

The Difference Between Grasshoppers And Crickets

One of the perennial problems of naturalists is how to tell the difference between crickets and grasshoppers. Whilst superficially these two groups of insects seem almost identical with their long back legs, ability to jump long distances and habitat preferences when you actually “get your eye in” these two groups can be surprisingly easy to … Read more

How To Identify Swallows, Swifts And House Martins

One of the perennial problems at this time of year is figuring out whether that bird that just flew overhead at the speed of light was a swallow, a swift or a house martin. But fortunately while these birds are all superficially similar, there are a range of differences between them that can make telling … Read more

Identifying British Deer

Britain has a rich number of different deer species which still astonishes me in such an “overcrowded” country with so few real wild places left but it seems many deer species are surviving alongside man without too many problems. There are generally believed to be 6 species of deer in Britain at present. They are: … Read more

How To Tell The Difference Between Great Tits, Blue Tits And Coal Tits

Whilst many tits are quite common birds in our parks and gardens it seems that due to the fact that they are all small and flighty there can be some confusion over their identification. Fortunately once you know what you are looking for it is reasonably easy to tell the difference between great tits, coal … Read more