The alder is a tree common along streams, rivers and water logged soils. In winter next seasons red female catkins and long male catkins become conspicuous.
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The elder is often known as the people’s medicine chest, as all parts can be used as remedies.
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Sycamore trees can grow to be 100-175 ft tall and the leaves tend to be 4-6 inches in length. It is one of the oldest species of tree on earth.
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Black Garden Ants nest mainly in dry soil and humus. Although their nests are most often noticed in gardens - in flower beds, lawns and under paving stones.
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Wood ants create large mound nests in open glades or on the edges of woodlands in sunny, sheltered locations. The ant mounds are dome-shaped and are often over a meter high and two metres wide.
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Bechstein’s bats tend to forage in woodland within a kilometre or two of their roost site, generally high up in the canopy although they can be seen near the ground when drinking, commuting or socialising.
The adult bloody-nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) is black and it is slow-moving and feeds on bedstraw plants.
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The Orange Tip Butterfly can be seen on the wing from April to June. The female which doesn’t have the orange tips, lays its eggs on cuckoo flower.
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The Common Green Lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) is about 10 mm long. It is pale lime green during the summer, with a lemon-yellow stripe down the middle of the body.
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The common dolphin is also known as the short-beaked common dolphin and is one of the smallest of the dolphins, measuring 2.1 - 2.4 metres in length.
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Possibly our most recognisable amphibian, the common frog is distributed throughout Britain and Ireland.
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The Common Field Grasshopper is the one of the grasshoppers that you are most likely to see throughout the UK.
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The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is the smallest owl in Britain, it is often seen during the day perched on a post, telegraph pole or exposed branch.
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The fox is a member of the dog family and is recognised by its orange-reddish fur, it has overtaken grey wolves as the most common canines in the wild.
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The Pygmy Shrew is a very small mammal with a markedly pointed snout. As in the common shrew the fur is greyish brown (dirty white ventrally) but the pygmy shrew is smaller and has a proportionately longer and thicker tail.
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