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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home - Com­piled by RICHARD SMYTH

ACROSS

1 ___ slider, species of tur­tle na­tive to a Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try (10)

6 Aquatic bird that might be mute, Bewick’s or whooper (4)

9 Wild ce­real plant of the Mediter­ranean, with nar­row stems (7, 3) 11 Soft-bod­ied gar­den gas­tro­pod (4) 13 Sure-footed climb­ing mam­mal of the North Amer­i­can up­lands (8, 4)

16 Male of the deer species Capre­o­lus capre­o­lus (7)

17 Staff vine species, also called wa­hoo, burn­ing bush or win­ter­creeper (7)

18 US term for a spot­ted bee­tle in the fam­ily Coc­cinel­l­i­dae (7)

20 Coun­try of north Africa, whose na­tive an­i­mals in­clude the Sa­ha­ran striped pole­cat and horse­shoe whip snake (7)

21 Solomon Is­lands’ dull-coloured song­bird, Rhipidura drownei (5, 7)

24 The wood­pecker finch of the Galá­pa­gos Is­lands some­times called the ___-us­ing finch (4)

25 Ex­tinct mam­mal, once na­tive to cer­tain is­lands of Ja­pan (6, 4)

26 Scot­tish is­land, home to breed­ing sea ea­gles (4)

27 The name for com­mu­ni­ties of liv­ing or­gan­isms (10)

DOWN

1 Scot­tish loch, home to Eu­ro­pean eel and Arc­tic char – but not a ple­siosaur (4) 2 River in Som­er­set, rich in fresh­wa­ter fish (4) 3 Crim­son wild­flower of North Amer­ica, Aqui­le­gia for­mosa (3, 9) 4 African an­te­lope also known as the gi­raffe gazelle (7) 5 The egg of a louse – this one’s a bit of a ‘head scratcher’ (3) 7 Peren­nial plant in the knotweed fam­ily, Rumex sali­ci­folius (6, 4) 8 Long-legged wad­ing bird with noc­tur­nal feed­ing habits – may be ru­fous or black-crowned (5, 5) 10 Richard ___, au­thor of the wildlife novel Watership Down (5) 12 Flow­ers that are also known as snap­drag­ons (12) 14 An­cient arthro­pods that flour­ished in the Lower Pa­le­o­zoic era (10) 15 The study of trees and other woody plants (10) 19 The ex­cre­ment of birds – se­abirds in par­tic­u­lar (5) 20 Process by which the cells of liv­ing things di­vide (7) 22 Bur­row­ing ver­mi­vore with pow­er­ful fore­limbs (4) 23 Newts (4) 25 Name for the bot­tle gourd, La­ge­naria vul­garis, in Poly­ne­sia (3)

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