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Content Updated: 21st October 2012

Wildlife Online - General information about the site, the person who created it and those who contributed to it.

-- Home Page
-- What's New?
-- Coming Soon
-- Many Thanks
-- About the Author
-- Disclaimer

Naturalist Musings - General articles related to wildlife, science and nature conservation.

-- A huntin' we will go
-- How and why we classify living organisms
-- The badger and bovine tuberculosis debate
-- The question of whether animals feel pain
-- How can I deter foxes from coming into my garden?
-- Caring for Hedgehogs
-- Red fox rabies in Europe
-- Sarcoptic mange in the Red fox

Natural History Articles - Detailed information about the biology, ecology, behaviour and taxonomy of predominantly British wildlife.

-- Bats (Chirtoptera - General overview)
-- Deer (Cervidae - General overview)
-- European Badger (Meles meles)
-- European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
-- Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios)
-- Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
-- Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) - New November 2012
-- Sharks and Rays (Elasmobranchii - General overview)
-- Tree Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris and Sciurus carolinensis)

Speed Read - Natural history information at a glance.

-- Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
-- European Badger (Meles meles)
-- Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
-- Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
-- European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
-- Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
-- Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
-- Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
-- Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)
-- Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi)
-- European Mole (Talpa europaea)
-- Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus)
-- Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
-- Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
-- Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
-- Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
-- Little Owl (Athene noctua)
-- European Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)

Questions and Answers - An expansion of the aforementioned natural history articles, focusing on specific aspects of animal biology and behaviour.


-- Why do badgers have stripy faces?
-- Do foxes and badgers bury their dead?


-- Are bats really blind?
-- How is moth evolution linked to bat echolocation?
-- What bat species are found in the UK?
-- What is echolocation and how do bats use it?
-- What it the 'Pipistrelle Split'?
-- What should I do if I find an injured bat?


-- What are Chronic Wasting Disease and Tuberculosis and what do they have to do with deer?
-- What are antlers and why do deer have them?


-- Are hedgehogs a threat to ground-nesting birds?
-- Are hedgehogs declining in the UK?
-- Can rehabilitated hedgehogs be released back into the wild?
-- Do hedgehogs carry bovine tuberculosis and/or other diseases that pose a danger to humans or livestock?
-- Do slug pellets pose a threat to hedgehogs?
-- Help! I've found a weak/sick/injured hedgehog. What should I do?
-- How many hedgehogs are there in the UK?
-- How significant are foxes and badgers as predators of hedgehogs?
-- I have hedgehogs and loads of slugs and snails in my garden. Don’t hedgehogs eat these slimy little pests?
-- The hedgehog in my garden looks like it’s had one too many. Can hedgehogs get drunk from eating rotting/fermenting fruit?
-- What impact do roads have on the hedgehog population?
-- Why haven't hedgehogs evolved not to have late/second litters by now?


-- Are foxes colour blind?
-- Are foxes native to Britain?
-- Are there exceptions to the 'Scatter Cache Rule' for foxes and what are the benefits of Scatter Caching?
-- Can I keep a fox as a pet?
-- Do foxes kill for "fun"?
-- How can I keep foxes out of my garden and secure my pets?
-- What is mange?
-- What do you know about losing a pet?
-- Why does my dog seem to have a penchant for rolling in fox scat?
-- Why shouldn’t I feed foxes (and animals in general) chocolate?
-- When and how did foxes come to live in our towns and cities?
-- Are urban foxes unique to Britain?
-- Are fox numbers increasing in Britain?
-- Is it likely that a fox will attack me, my child, my cat or my dog?
-- Should we be culling foxes in urban areas?
-- Should we reintroduce large predators to control fox numbers?
-- Why do foxes kill their own young and the young of other foxes?
-- Do foxes and badgers bury their dead?
-- What is rabies and where does the fox fit in?
-- Are foxes getting bolder and, if so, why?
-- What are Samson foxes?
-- Are American and European foxes different species?
-- Are British and European foxes different species?
-- Are urban foxes getting bigger?
-- What parasites and diseases do foxes carry?

Sharks and Rays:

-- Are sharks primitive?
-- Are there White sharks in British waters?
-- Do sharks have any predators other than man?
-- Do we get sharks around Britain?
-- How do elasmobranchs crush hard prey, with a ‘soft’ skeleton?
-- How do sharks and rays control their buoyancy without a swim-bladder?
-- How do Whale and Basking sharks grow so big eating such small fodder?
-- When did the first sharks appear on Earth?
-- Why do sharks sometimes attack people?


-- What controls the cacheing behaviour of squirrels and how do they find their buried nuts?
-- Why are Red squirrel numbers declining in the UK?
-- Why are some squirrels of the same species different colours?


-- How is it that marine mammals are able to see underwater while we are not?
-- Is it okay for me to feed wildlife? Am I causing any harm by putting out table scraps or seed for local animals?
-- What is hibernation?
-- Why extend your territory during the winter?
-- Why help your parents raise their offspring?
-- Why is the largest mammal bigger than the largest fish?

Discover More - Lots of information, in the form of other websites and books, for those who wish to pursue their research further.

-- Links to related external website
-- Further Reading

Interact - Frequently asked questions about WLOL as well as the various methods of getting in touch.

-- Contact/Help
-- Frequently Asked Questions (technical and content-related)
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