Toads spend most of their time away from water, living mainly in damp places but returning to ponds and ditched to breed. They eat mainly invertebrates and are mostly active at night.
Common frogs need to stay damp and so are usually found near to freshwater. They feed mainly on insects and hibernate in the winter under stones or in other damp places.
Common newts are usually found in ponds and ditches during the breeding season (Spring and Summer) and feed on insects and crustaceans. In winter, they hibernate mainly in wooded areas, under logs and stones.
Most common ladybird, feeds on aphids, hibernates over winter.
Particularly attracted to yellow.
Gives off a vile smelling fluid when threatened.
Are able to reproduce without mating, producing clones of themselves.
Sedge warblers are summer visitors to the UK where they live in reedbeds and scrub near to freshwater. They feed on insects and can be distinguished from reed warblers by their striped head and more ‘digital’ song.
Reed warblers are summer visitors to the UK where they live and breed in reed beds. They feed on insects and are often heard, rather than seen.
Related to swallows, swifts are a summer visitor to the UK and can mainly be seen hunting for insects on the wing, over a variety of habitats.
The common sandpiper is a smallish wading bird which breeds along fast-moving rivers and near lakes, lochs and reservoirs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the north of England. Wintering birds may be spotted along the south coast but passage