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Shared Earth is a series from the BBC Natural History Unit which celebrates the natural world and explores what we can all do to help conserve wildlife and habitats and reduce our footprint on the planet
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Friday 04 July 2008
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A spotted flycatcher resting in it's nest. © John Clarke.
A spotted flycatcher resting it's nest.
© John Clarke.
Crucifix Ground BeetleA Crucifix Ground Beetle [panagaeus cruxmajor]. © R. Anderson
For an extremely small and fairly obscure beetle that few of us have ever heard of, this little creature has caused quite a stir. After fifty years of absence, it has now been rediscovered at Wicken fen, near Cambridge.

Reliated links:
Arkive Info page
Darwin Correspondence Project: Crucifix Ground Beetle

Pool FrogA pool frog. ©Julia Wycherley.

Shortly after Julia Wycherly began studying the Pool frog, one of our scarcest native amphibians, it became extinct. Then started the hard work to reintroduce this species back to Britain.

Related Links:
Natural England article
Arkive Info page

Spotted Flycatcher

One amateur naturalist in Worcestershire has amassed the most research data ever collected on the Spotted flycatcher. Dylan finds out how one goes about studying these elusive birds and what the eight years of research have revealed.

Related links:
RSPB Fact page: Spotted Flycatcher
Book: The Spotted what?, by John Clarke / ISBN: 0953364623

Barbastelle batsA close up of a Barbastelle bat. © Frank Greenaway.

If you venture into Ebernoe woods in West Sussex at dusk, you may be lucky enough to catch a fleeting glimpse of the Barbastelle bat.

Conservationist Frank Greenaway has been studying them for many years, providing valuable knowledge that is already helping to reverse the reverse the fortunes of this endangered species.

Related Links:

UK Biodiversity Action Plan
Arkive Info page
Sussex Wildlife Trust
BBC Wildfacts: Barbastelle bat

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