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Other animals (Kingdom Animalia)

The word "animal" comes from the Latin word animale, neuter of animalis, and is derived from anima, meaning vital breath or soul. In everyday colloquial usage, the word usually refers to non-human animals. The biological definition of the word refers to all members of the Kingdom Animalia, including humans.  more


Slugs and Snails (Class Gastropoda)

Copse Snail (Arianta arbustorum)

Arianta arbustorum is a medium-sized species of land snail, sometimes known as the "copse snail", a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae. This species of snail makes and uses calcareous love darts...  more


Grove Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

This is a relatively small snail: the shell can reach a height of about 20 mm and a width of 25 mm. The surface of the shell is semi-glossy, and it has from 4 to 5 whorls. Cepaea nemoralis is closely related to the...  more


European Red Slug (Arion rufus)

The European Red Slug is a large land slug, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Arionidae, the Roundback Slugs. This species is characterized by its (usually) red or brown body and lack of a keel...  [more]



Amphibians (Class Amphibia)

Common Frog (Rana temporaria)

Their backs and flanks vary in color, with olive green grey-brown, brown, olive-brown, grey, yellowish or rufus possible. However, Common Frogs are known to be able to lighten and darken their skin in order to match...  more

Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibundus)

The Marsh Frog is the largest frog native to Europe, and belongs to the family of true frogs. It is very similar in appearance to the closely related Edible Frog and Pool Frog. These three species, now again in the genus...  more


Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

The Common Toad can alter the tone of its skin to suit its surroundings. The upper surface may be brown, greenish or grey, and occasionally features dark markings. Females are often more reddish or brown...  more



Birds (Class Aves)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

The Mute Swan is a Eurasian member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Although they tend to be quieter than other kinds of swans, they are not mute, and do vocalize. This species of bird is found naturally...  more

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

The House Sparrow is a member of the Old World sparrow family Passeridae, considered by some to be a relative of the Weaver Finch Family. It occurs naturally in most of Europe and much of Asia. It has also...  more


Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

The Eurasian Jay is about of the size of the Jackdaw. It is easily distinguished by its pinkish-greyish upper- and underparts and a black edged bright blue patch on its wings. When the bird is nervous, a tuft can be noticed on its..  more


Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)

The Common Blackbird of the nominate subspecies T. m. merula is 23.5 to 29 centimetres in length, has a long tail, and weighs 80125 grammes. The adult male has glossy black plumage, blackish-brown legs, a yellow eye-ring and an orange-yellow bill.



Mammals (Class Mammalia)

Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries)

Domestic sheep are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Although the name "sheep" applies to...  more


European Cattle (Bos primigenius taurus)

Cattle, colloquially referred to as cows, are domesticated ungulates, a member of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae. They are raised as livestock for meat (called beef and veal), dairy products (milk), leather and as draft... more




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