SUMMER 2013

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WILD

British wildlife to enjoy this month

6 C SPECIES & HABITATS Why swallows break all the rules, toxic blooms, crooning turtle doves, and where to spot basking sharks. Plus a rockpool ID guide. 13 YOUR LOCAL PATCH Why grass snakes are visiting gardens this month. 15 C THINGS TO DO Learn how to track deer and other wildlife. Plus join a nationwide survey of our whales, dolphins and porpoises.

AGENDA

News, conservation & analysis

38 Sealions in trouble, plans to return lynx to

Scotland, chatty prairie dogs, and a buzzardcontrol controversy. Plus Mark Carwardine on putting globally threatened species first.

W2

Essential information & expert advice

87 TV PLUS We talk to the producers of

BBC Two’s Sri Lanka: Elephant Island and an epic series on North America’s wildlife. 91 BOOKS The month’s best reads, and

Jill Robinson of Animals Asia chooses her favourite book. 95 Q&A Your questions answered – including do otters often eat ducks? Plus all the latest discoveries and fascinating facts.

REGULARS

19 KATHLEEN JAMIE

A BRUSH WITH NATURE An acclaimed nature writer on the joys of discovering a secret wild place close to home. 21 BILL ODDIE WILD AT HEART

Why counting birds, birds and yet more birds is so addictive – and so important for conservation. 101 YOUR LETTERS 108 CROSSWORD

Get puzzling… 111 YOUR PHOTOS 122 TALES FROM THE BUSH

Whistle me a tune: how a two-tone ditty made New Zealand’s blue duck magically appear.

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BBC Wildlife

46 ON THE TRAIL OF THE SNOW TIGER We report from Russia’s Far East on a highstakes bid to rescue the last of the world’s largest cats.

54 BUTTERFLIES Purple emperors and nine other lovely butterfies to spot.