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Animals in United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is blessed with a mild climate that never lacks for moisture, and as a result the animal species there have come to depend on a never-failing supply of food. The uniquely moderate climate of the British Isles comes both from its island status and by its favorable position as the recipient of warm water from the Gulf Stream.
This moderate UK weather is a double edged sword in that its native animals, accustomed as they are to abundant food supplies and mild temperatures, are hit hard by the rare weather extremes that occasionally hit the island nation. Changes in weather patterns send new species, particularly birds, to settle in the UK where they not only compete for food sources but also carry diseases unknown to native species.
In addition, alien animal and plant species thrive to the detriment of native species. Non-native animals do not just arrive by accident but are sometimes purposely introduced by humans. For, instance, the only species of squirrel native to the British Isles, the Red Squirrel (Sciurus Vulgaris), has been declining due to the introduction of the American Grey Squirrel in 1876. In addition to the red squirrel, other native mammalian species include the stout, weasel,
Eurasian badger
Eurasian Badger, Scottish Reindeer, Eurasian Otter, Small
wild cat
Wild Cat and field mouse. The large rabbit population is not native but was introduced and naturally multiplied.
Woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and heath are naturally occurring habitats in the UK. England's wetlands are especially important for the breeding of seabirds, wildfowl and wintering waders; almost 20 percent of the Atlantic/North Sea estuaries for Europe are found in England. The country also shelters a large population of bats. Besides its native species of birds, which include several members of the Shearwater family and several varieties of
Puffin
Puffins which belonging to the Auk family, many bird species visit the UK during migration; this making the UK a bird watchers paradise.
Although the United Kingdom is home to many varieties of amphibians, the island nation's damp cool weather is generally not a reptile friendly environment. While there are only 3 species of snake that call it home: the Adder, the
Grass Snake
Grass Snake and the Smooth Snake, there are a number of native species of lizard.


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Even-toed ungulates in United Kingdom
Wild boar
Elk
Roe deer
Carnivores in United Kingdom
Arctic wolf
Common seal
Wild cat
Gray seal
Common otter
Cross fox
European pine martin
Badger
Ermine
European polecat
Brown bear
Least weasel
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in United Kingdom
Killer whale
Atlantic dolphin
Common porpoise
Devil fish
Long-finned pilot whale
Grey dolphin
False killer whale
Bottlehead
Pygmy sperm whale
Atlantic white-sided dolphin
Euphrosyne dolphin
White-beaked dolphin
Bottle-nosed dolphin
Cuvier's beaked whale
Bunch
North atlantic beaked whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Gervais' beaked whale
True's beaked whale
North atlantic right whale
Common minke whale
Coalfish whale
Blue whale
Common rorqual
Bats in United Kingdom
Noctule
Western barbastelle
Serotine
Nathusius' pipistrelle
Common pipistrelle
Brown big-eared bat
Gray big-eared bat
Greater horseshoe bat
Lesser horseshoe bat
Particoloured bat
Bechstein's bat
Brandt's bat
Greater mouse-eared bat
Whiskered bat
Natterer's bat
Lesser noctule
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in United Kingdom
Arctic hare
Brown hare
European rabbit
Rodents in United Kingdom
Eurasian red squirrel
Eurasian harvest mouse
Field vole
Common dormouse
Yellow-necked field mouse
Long-tailed field mouse
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