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October 2021

CONTENTS

WILD MONTH

12 Seven species to spot

What to look out for in October

18 On the mud ats

Be awed by flocks of migrating birds along the shoreline this autumn

23 Nick Baker’s hidden Britain

The ancient British cave shrimp

24 News

Beaver numbers have experienced a boom in Scotland over recent years

28 Truth or ction?

Do the blades of wind turbines pose a threat to golden eagles in the UK?

31 Mark Carwardine

Why are those responsible for damage to the natural world not held to account?

32 Meet the scientist

Alexander Bond studies the impact of plastic waste on oceanic birds

FEATURES

36 Photo story: Two Worlds Ocean photographer David Doubilet

COVER STORY

shares some of his favourite images revealing life at the water’s surface

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COVER STORY

46 Fadingqueen Meet the Fatu Hiva monarch – a small

Polynesian songbird in need of help

COVER STORY

52 California’s redwoods The USA’s famous and celebrated giant

trees have been with us for hundreds of years. We investigate their future

COVER STORY

60 Riddle of the roan Africa’s second-largest antelope has

suffered worrying population declines. Can two new conservation projects turn things around?

68 Saving whales in the Thames News stories of stranded cetaceans

abound. Find out why it happens and how they can be helped

COVER STORY

OUR WILD WORLD

82 At home

Natural history TV, books and more

86 Your photos

88 Feedback

Your letters and Tales from the Bush

91 Puzzles

REGULARS

6 In focus

Kamchatka brown bear, aphid nymph, black caiman crocodile

74 Behind the image

A jaguar in the forests of French Guiana

76 Q&A

Which lizard packs the most power? Why do squirrels strip bark?

98 Megan McCubbin

The TV presenter tells us why she has taken a shine to sand lizards

The people behind our stories

DAVID DOUBILET The photographer shares his love of life beneath the waves. “These

photographs invite you to look through the surface, imagine, dream and come to know the sea,” he says.

See p36

LIV GRANT

“The trusting innocence of the Fatu Hiva monarch is an anachronism,

a relict of a time before humans wrought calamity on these islands and taught the birds to fear,” says the

film-maker. See p46

LYNN HOUGHTON The travel writer heads to Highway 128 in California. “Redwoods dominate the

landscape for miles, a breathtaking sight that compels drivers to stop and

stand among giants.” See p52

EMMANUELRONDEAU The wildlife photographer, writer and film-maker lugged 150kg of equipment

through a Guianan jungle to get his prized shot of a jaguar. “Amid this vast

ocean of forest I felt insignificant,”

he says. See p74

October 2021

BBC Wildlife

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