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They're probably the UK's most exotic looking bird, and most people are familiar with their dazzling blue plumage through having seen them in books or on television.  Yet very few people have... keep reading >

Meadow Grasshopper

The dawn chorus of birdsong has ended for this year, but the 'insect chorus' is in full swing now.  As well as the buzzing of bees, beetles, dragonflies and hoverflies, there's the familiar chirping... keep reading >

Photo of the Week

Checkout the "Photo of the Week" and view more in the archive.  If you've got a good nature photo you'd like to contribute to the UK Safari website please send it in... keep reading >

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

You don't have to go out to sea to spot dolphins around our coast.  During the summertime dolphins swim closer to the shores of the UK and this can offer good opportunities to... keep reading >

Scottish Wildcat

Although the numbers of feral cats are increasing in the UK, you'd be very lucky to see a true Wildcat.  Less than a hundred years ago Wildcats could be found in many... keep reading >


I'm a great believer that every animal on earth has a purpose in life.  Somewhere in the great scheme of things every creature on earth is designed to... keep reading >


If you've come back from the beach with knickers full of sand and pockets full of seashells then these photos might help you to identify some of your saltwater treasures... keep reading >


Do birds sunbathe?  Here in the UK we don't see a great deal of sunshine, so when it arrives we all like to get outdoors and enjoy a bit of time basking.  But do birds feel the same way about sunbathing? keep reading >

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

It seems summer has finally arrived.  The sun is shining and the rain has finally let up.  Expect a hosepipe ban any day now.  Anyway it must be summer because the hummingbirds have started to arrive... keep reading >

Spider tickling!

If you hunt around crumbly old walls you can sometimes spot small gaps and holes with strands of spider silk radiating out from them.  Occasionally you'll see the legs of a spider just... keep reading >

Basking Shark

The summer sunshine has arrived (finally) and Basking Sharks are starting to appear around the coast of Britain and Ireland.  In calm, sunny weather these giant fish like to... keep reading >

Zebra Spider

Zebra spiders normally catch their food by jumping on it, and if there was an Olympic event for spider long jump these guys would be gold medalists.  They can jump more than... keep reading >

Labyrinth Spider at the entrance to her web

Spiders, spiders, spiders.  If I had a penny for every spider enquiry I receive I'd be a rich man.  Never a day goes by and I don't get at least one email from some poor, terrified soul wanting to know if... keep reading >

Dragonfly Larva

Dragonflies belong to the order of insects known as 'Odonata' which in ancient Greek literally meant "toothed jaw". They are some of our largest insects, and are also among the most... keep reading >

Braconid wasps emerging from a caterpillar

Did you ever see the science fiction film "Alien"?  You know the famous bit where the monster bursts out of that guys chest at the dinner table?  Gross.  Ever wonder if... keep reading >

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

This is probably the best month of the year to see butterflies in the UK.  More than 50 different species are on the wing now - more than at any other time of the year.  They range in size from... keep reading >