In some areas of Britain in winter, stoats become even more difficult to track down, especially if there is snow on the ground. This is because, in Scotland and parts of northern England, they turn white. This transformation, into what is called ermine, is shared with only one other British mammal, the mountain hare.
By the beginning of December 2020, wind power production consisted of 10,930 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of over 24.1 gigawatts: 13.7 gigawatts of onshore capacity and 10.4 gigawatts of offshore capacity. This placed the United Kingdom at this time as the world's sixth largest producer of wind power.
Species are becoming extinct 100 times faster than they would without human impacts. 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.
Every few years, some species of trees and shrubs produce a bumper crop of their fruits or nuts. The collective term for these fruits and nuts is 'mast', so we call this a mast year.. With so many fallen acorns, observations suggest that 2020 was a mast year for oak.
In 2007 the house sparrow, song thrush and starling were added as priority species to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan list. This means these once common birds are now species to worry about. Scientists are still finding out some of the reasons why this has happened. The number of the house sparrow, starling and song thrush has gone down by more than half over the last 25 years.
Protecting Nature may seem daunting at times, but every little helps. If we all make small changes it can add up to having a BIG impact. What will YOU do for Nature this week? Bike/walk rather than drive? Try a vegan meal? Share your one small commitment each week to earn even more points!
As Nature's Racers our primary aims are to appreciate, care for and protect Nature. Litter picking is a great way to help. To earn extra points upload a photo each week of any litter you collect and dispose of responsibily.
Love SPORT? Love Nature? You can earn extra points simply by getting out and noticing the natural world around you (wherever you are!). Share photos / map routes or whatever you like to demonstrate positives you feel you've gained through exercise this week.
Love ART? Love Nature? Share your observations. You can earn bonus points simply by getting out and noticing the natural world around you (wherever you are!). Upload your photos / artwork / poem and stories to share what you've enjoyed seeing this week.