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Spot these winter animals

Some animals hibernate, but if you’re lucky you may get a glimpse of some of the amazing wildlife the UK has to offer if you’re out and about this winter. Can you spot any of these?

Great spotted woodpeckers

(source: rspb.org.uk)

(source: rspb.org.uk)

You should be able to spot one of these beautiful animals when they start drumming around January/February time. During the winter months they eat berries and nuts and if you have peanut feeders hung in your garden you may even be paid a visit!

Red squirrels

(source: 1rspb.org.uk)

(source: 1rspb.org.uk)

You might think they hibernate, but they don’t! The best place to spot them would be at the Kielder Forest in Northumberland and if you go in February, it’s mating season so you may hear a lot of chattering amongst the trees!

Bewick’s swans

(source: surfbirds.com)

(source: surfbirds.com)

These migrate to the UK from from Arctic Russia for the winter months and are the smallest of Britain’s three swans.

Native ponies

(source: pets4homes.co.uk)

(source: pets4homes.co.uk)

The historic herds can be found roaming throughout the New Forest. There is thought to be over 5,000 of the species in the area. You may also be able to spot stonechats and fallow and red and roe deer.

Reindeer

(source: wild-scotland.org.uk)

(source: wild-scotland.org.uk)

Yes that’s right, Christmas may be over now but you’ll still be able to spot Santa’s helpers in the wild. The best place to see them is at Cairngorms National Park in Scotland where they were reintroduced more than 60 years ago after a hundred years of extinction.

To print out a check list of these winter animals click here.

Have you spotted any wildlife this winter? What have we missed out? Let us know in the comment section below!

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