Fun Facts about Wildlife and Wild Birds

Fun facts

  • There are 270 different species of bee in the UK. 
  • Honey bees are an important part of the flower pollination process, they make honey from pollen and nectar collected from flowers.
  • There are currently over 400 recorded species of wild birds in the UK. 
  • Though most people are likely to see butterflies on picnics and walks in the park, there are only 60 species known to live in the UK. In comparison, the UK has recorded sightings of over 2,500 different species of moths. 

Animal spotting guide

  • In the garden – wild birds, squirrels, mice, foxes, hedgehogs
  • Woodlands and forests – wild birds, bats, badgers, deer 
  • Rivers – fish, kingfishers, grey wagtails, water voles, otters
  • Ponds and lakes – fish, frogs, ducks, swans, herons, pond skaters

What do wild birds eat?

Every species of bird is different to the next, some nest in trees whilst others choose the shelter of water, but some of the staples of their diets include: seeds, berries and small insects and invertebrates such as caterpillars, aphids, beetles and earthworms. 

How can we help?

What time has shown is that animals are able to adapt and find a way to live in the wild, but sometimes food and shelter can be sparse and without our help, they may struggle to cope. There are plenty of options to assist and make life a little easier for all the wildlife you may find in and around your garden. 

Why not put up a birdbox or an insect hotel? These can provide essential options of shelter and safety for wildlife caught in bad weather or looking for somewhere to hide from predators. 

Food can also be provided for both birds and other animals, at Scotsdales we sell a range of bird food and feeders to cater for a vast number of species as well as nutritious food for ground dwelling visitors such as hedgehogs. 

Wildlife bingo 

Play along at home with the Scotsdales wildlife bingo game. Click here to see the game sheet and download your free copy today!