A new year brings a new challenge. I plan to go in search of Britain’s 10 most endangered species before it’s too late to see them here. Some, I fear, may prove to be quite difficult to find! I look forward to the adventures on which these creatures will lead me, and I look forward to writing them.
1. Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
This is the only species on the list that I’ve been lucky enough to see and photograph in the wild. Coincidentally, this is the only photograph of my own in this post!
Common in some parts of Europe, these noisy little chaps are dwindling in the UK.
3. Turtle doves
Having seen their larger cousin, the collared dove only recently, I’m dying to see this extravagantly patterned bird.
4. Cosnard’s Net-winged Beetle
This I’m looking forward to a little less I must admit, but a naturalist should appreciate all nature’s creatures I suppose.
5. Wart-biter Cricket
7. Bearded False Darkling Beetle
8. Natterjack Toad
I have indeed seen a hedgehog, but not photographed one. Until this year I had never seen a wild hedgehog. On a trip to Cornwall I had a little one run out in front of my car, in the early hours of the morning. Shortly after this I saw a flattened one just down the road. It was a brutal reality check that illustrates the difficulties these wonderful creatures face.
10. Red squirrel
The cream of the crop. I’ll definitely be saving this cheeky little fellow until last.
(Photos not my own, apart from the butterfly.)