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Nature’s Top 40 counts down to the UK’s number one wildlife spectacle.Wildlife experts ranked suggestions from the public to compile the UK’s Top 40.

Rutting deer

No. 12 - Rutting deer

One of nature's great spectacles is deer rutting. Red Deer mate between late September and November when the mature stags seek out female hinds.



No. 11 - Flocks of geese

Flocks of geese are one of the most spectacular sights in the animal kingdom due to their sheer numbers and swooping patterns in the skies above.


Barn Owls c/o BBC Science Photo Library

No. 10 - Barn Owls hunting

The Barn Owl is one of the UK’s most popular birds with its stunning heart-shaped white face and gold-beige plumage. Look out for them hunting.


Basking Shark c/o Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

No. 9 - Basking Sharks

The Basking Shark is distantly related to the Great White Shark and can be spotted all around the British Isles coast.


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