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  1. Peregrine falcon in flight (c) Jamie Skipper Peregrine falcon

    Peregrine falcons are one of, if not the, fastest animals in the world. They are believed to achieve speeds of over 300 kph when plunging from the sky after prey.

    Added: 11 November 2014

  2. Polar bear walking through wind-blown snow at sunset Polar bear

    Remarkable adaptations allow polar bears to live in the frozen Arctic, but global warming is destroying their habitat and leaving them seriously endangered. Despite being born deaf and blind beneath the snow, cubs eventually grow into the most powerful of all four-legged animals.

    Added: 07 November 2014

  3. Leopard seal swimming near an iceberg Leopard seal

    Leopard seals are named after their spotty coats and for being fearsome hunters. As one of the top predators in Anatarctic waters, they fill the niche that polar bears hold in the Arctic.

    Added: 05 November 2014

  4. Male chimpanzee looking forwards Chimpanzee

    Common chimpanzees travel around the forests and savannas of central Africa on all fours. This knuckle-walking, uses their characteristic long arms and short legs.

    Added: 23 October 2014

  5. A female sparrowhawk perched on the branch of an oak tree Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawks are so-named because 98% of their diet consists of other birds. Although sparrowhawk numbers declined very badly as a result of pesticide use, the British population has now recovered almost everywhere and there may be as many sparrowhawks breeding as kestrels.

    Added: 29 September 2014

  6. A Siberian tiger amongst green foliage Tiger

    The magnificent tiger, largest of the big cats, is a heavily muscled, powerful predator that stalks and ambushes large prey, camouflaged by its stripy coat. Unlike other cats, tigers are good swimmers and often cool off in lakes and streams during the heat of the day.

    Added: 04 September 2014

  7. Puffin against a blue sky (c) Darren Ritson Puffin

    Puffins are colourful and full of character. Playfully known as 'clowns of the sea' and 'sea parrots', these shy and inquisitive seabirds arrive in Britain at the start of the breeding season.

    Added: 20 August 2014

  8. English oak tree in a field with a rainbow English oak

    English oaks are a symbol of great strength and endurance. These magnificent trees grow to well over 30 metres and can live for 1,000 years or more.

    Added: 15 August 2014

  9. A frilled lizard displaying its frill Frilled lizard

    Frilled lizards are one of Australia's oddest-looking lizard species. Their huge frill, which can be 30cm across, seems to be mostly for display.

    Added: 14 August 2014

  10. A common moorhen (c) Matt Cattell Common moorhen

    Common moorhens are widespread throughout Europe, South America, Africa and India. In Britain they are a fairly common sight near most aquatic environments, and they are excellent swimmers.

    Added: 31 July 2014

  11. A sitting female cheetah looking alert Cheetah

    Cheetahs are found in sub-Saharan Africa and Northern Iran. Reaching speeds of over 100kph (almost 65mph) they are the fastest animals on land, easily capable of outrunning any other animal over short distances.

    Added: 24 July 2014

  12. Close up of a honeybee European honey bee

    European honey bees have been introduced to nearly all parts of the world by humans, but they are thought to have originated in India. Their colonies are long-lasting and may last for many years.

    Added: 22 July 2014

  13. Farmland in the Usk Valley backed by Pen y Fan and Cribyn mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales United Kingdom

    The animals and plants that inhabit the UK represent a rich and varied biodiversty on our doorstep. From the beautiful adonis blue and marsh fritillary butterflies to the strange brook lamprey and the majestic oak, you can discover more about our wonderful wildlife through the BBC's film archive.

    Added: 16 July 2014

  14. A herd of sauropod dinosaurs migrating during the dry season Dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs were the dominant land animals for 160 million years, making them one of the most successful groups of animals ever. The name dinosaur translates as 'terrible or wondrous lizards' and they certainly evolved in a diverse range of sizes and shapes, from the gigantic plant-eating sauropods to the quick meat-eating tyrannosaurs.

    Added: 16 July 2014

  15. Honeybee workers surrounding an egg laying queen Bees

    Bees in the Apidae family include the familiar honey bees and bumblebees, as well as the less well-known stingless and carpenter bees. This family includes some of the most highly socially organised insects on the planet outside the ant and termite species.

    Added: 16 July 2014

  16. Spectacled eider duck male in breeding plumage on water Spectacled eider

    Spectacled eiders are large sea ducks with a very noticeable difference. The colourful males are distinguished by black feathers surrounding white eye patches, looking much like a pair of spectacles! The females in comparison are much less showy.

    Added: 16 July 2014

  17. Perching kingfisher (c) Mark Medcalf Kingfisher

    Kingfishers are one of Britain’s most interesting birds. Their vivid colour is iridescence, not pigment – the pigment is actually dark brown! Interference between different wavelengths of light reflected from different layers of the feathers produces blues, greens and oranges.

    Added: 18 June 2014

  18. Aardvark walking at night Aardvark

    Aardvarks are incredible diggers, so well equipped with powerful spoon shaped claws they can dig a hole faster than several men with shovels. They are elusive, nocturnal, pig-like creatures, widely distributed in sub-saharan Africa, and that live on a diet of ants and termites.

    Added: 16 June 2014

  19. Wildebeest migration in Kenya Migration

    Migration is the usually seasonal movement of animals in pursuit of food, suitable breeding sites or to escape bad weather or other environmental conditions. Mass migrations - such as the wildebeest crossing the Mara River, or Pacific salmon heading upstream to mate - create some of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles.

    Added: 12 June 2014

  20. A brown rat Brown rat

    Brown rats are the scourge of many a farm and town. They are one of the most serious mammalian pests on the planet, spoiling grain and carrying disease, yet they remain one of the most successful.

    Added: 12 June 2014

  21. A great tit in flight (c) Jerry Nicholls Great tit

    Great tits are colourful both in their plumage and their song. If the white cheek patches, yellow breast and black bib aren't enough for identification, the ringing 'tee-cher' or sharp 'tink tink' will be.

    Added: 12 June 2014

  22. Osprey in flight with fish (c) Chris Wilson Osprey

    Ospreys are some of the most widespread birds of prey, located on every continent except Antarctica. Found typically near both salt and freshwater, they inhabit a variety of landscapes.

    Added: 11 June 2014

  23. Portrait of a grey wolf in a forest Grey wolf

    Grey wolves have long embodied the spirit of the wilderness. Once they had the largest natural distribution of any mammal except humans.

    Added: 10 June 2014

  24. Wolverine walking through a snowy woodland Wolverine

    Strong and aggressive, wolverines have a voracious appetite and a fierce reputation. They'll fight for their food against wolves or even bears, and more often than not they’ll win.

    Added: 09 June 2014

  25. A Great Bittern stalking in the snow Bittern

    Bitterns are shy, secretive and more likely to be heard than seen. With their subtle brown plumage, this plump heron-like bird blends almost perfectly into its reed bed habitat.

    Added: 04 June 2014

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