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Species in Focus: Grass Snake

Grass snakes are Britain’s largest snake, reaching up to 150cm in length. They are olive-green in colour, with a pattern of dark markings along their flanks and a distinctive yellow collar around the neck. Completely harmless to humans, it’s another story when it comes to amphibians! They survive on a diet

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Species in Focus; Marsh Fritillary

Look closely at the ground in a marshy grassland at this time of year and if you’re very lucky, you could spot the larval webs of the beautiful marsh fritillary butterfly. The marsh fritillary is a threatened butterfly, small in stature but beautifully patterned. Once widespread in Britain, they have declined

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Species in Focus; Greater Butterfly Orchid

The greater butterfly orchid, Plantanthera chlorantha, is a beautiful orchid with greenish-white flowers that have a light vanilla scent. This gets stronger at night in order to attract moths, their main pollinators. Found in woodlands, in open scrub and grasslands, the greater butterfly orchid comes into flower at this time of

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Species in Focus; Natterjack Toad

Spend an evening in the sand dunes near Talacre in North Wales at this time of year and if you are lucky you will hear the distinctive call of the natterjack toad. Natterjack toads are distinguished from their more common relatives by a slightly smaller size and a yellow dorsal stripe.

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Species in Focus; High Brown Fritillary

The high brown fritillary is a large, brown and black patterned butterfly, with distinctive brown markings under the wings. The favoured habitat of this butterfly is woodland, scrubby grassland, limestone pavement or common land which has a matrix of bracken and violets. The butterflies lay their eggs on bracken but also

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