Celebrating Surrey’s wildlife – World Wildlife Day

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By craigfreeman
3rd March 2021

Back in 2013, March the 3rd was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as World Wildlife Day. The aim is to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

The theme for World Wildlife Day 2021 is ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’.

In Surrey, and across the UK, woods and trees are home to thousands of species including some of our most loved animals. Surrey is home to some nationally scarce mammals, birds, insects and reptiles, thanks in part to being England’s most wooded county.

You’ll find ancient woodland, home to 1,000-year-old yews, wet woodland characterised by willow, birch and alder, and lowland mixed oak and ash woods, a typical sight across the Surrey Hills.

Celebrating Surrey’s Woodland Wildlife

We have created this image to pay homage to just some of the varied and wonderful wildlife you can find within Surrey’s woods and forests.

 

There are 25 different species to spot. See how many you can find and identify. Test your knowledge or perhaps get the family involved as a home-schooling activity.

For the answers we have created this spotting sheet for you to download. You might also like to keep it to see what woodland wildlife you can spot as you explore the Surrey countryside. We love seeing your photos so be sure to tag us in your posts on Instagram @cpresurrey or post them to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Further resources

To learn more about World Wildlife Day – www.wildlifeday.org

To learn more about Surrey Wildlife – www.surreywildlifetrust.org

To learn more about the animals you can find in woodland across the UK – www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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