BBC Wildlife Magazine

Ghostly guise

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Not many people are as lucky as BBC Wildlife contributo­r Robert E Fuller, who last winter was visited by an ermine in his garden (see our Spring 2019 issue). In this all-white pelage, the stoat is perhaps Britain’s most attractive mammal, but predicting where you might spot an ermine is tricky. It’s more likely in northern uplands, though ermines do get reported further south, including in Cornwall and Suffolk in recent years. Various factors control the whitening, including an individual stoat’s heredity, falling temperatur­es and snow cover. Severe weather conditions one year increase the likelihood of a change next winter.

FIND OUT MORE Robert E Fuller: roberteful­ler. com/diary/weasels-and-stoats-mustelids-and-me

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