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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild May -

UP WITH THE LARKS S

Sky­larks start rt pour­ing out their song from still-dark rk skies, and many other passer­ines rines also sing well be­fore fore dawn dawn. Just half an hour after sunup, the vol­ume is al­ready dy­ing down. To ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self join one of the many early-morn­ing bird­song walks tak­ing place dur­ing May.

LIV­ING WITH MAM­MALS

This an­nual spring sur­vey by the Peo­ple’s Trust for En­dan­gered Species asks peo­ple to pick a green space within 200m of a build­ing, and note any signs of the mam­mals that visit. Records from Scot­land and north­ern Eng­land are par­tic­u­larly wel­come. Sub­mit your find­ings on­line at www.ptes.org/lwm

GROW­ING UP

May sees lots of com­mo­tion around fox earths, where the bois­ter­ous young­sters will be romp­ing out­side, es­pe­cially at dawn and dusk. By midMay cubs born in March should weigh around 2kg and re­sem­ble lit­tle adults with snub noses and small ears.

MEL­LOW YEL­LOW

A rich folk­lore has grown up around cowslips, for­merly closely linked with May Day. Search for them in unim­proved, tra­di­tion­ally man­aged pas­ture. Nowa­days, they are also planted out as plugs on road verges, so may not ot nec­es­sar­ily ec­essa y be of o t truly u y wild ori­gin. Find out more at www.plantlife.org.uk

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