The shortest day is over; slowly, gradually the dark is retreating. A new season starts.
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Some spooky, curious and gruesome facts about the wildlife that visit our houses and gardens ... A group of crows is called a murder. House flies vomit and poo continuously. Dragonflies are the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom. Harvestman can lose a leg in order to escape predators. A ladybird eats as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Mice and rats’ incisor teeth never stop growing. The fen raft spider can grow as big as a rat (largest spider in Britain). A cockroach can live for weeks without its head. Honey bees have hair on their eyeballs. Devil’s...
Neither animals nor plants, fungi are a separate group of organisms. Britain has around 13,000 species of fungi (compared to 2,100 species of native flowering plants and ferns). Usually the fruiting bodies are the only visible part, and come in various shapes and sizes, helping to identify them.
If you are lucky enough to live not far from Kew Gardens there is an amazing range to discover in the grounds at this time of year.