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apart from ireland?
nothing good lives in britain.
beavers are BACK (in limited and highly controlled areas)
I went to a beaver dam last year when I was having my wee break after moving back up here. It was SO amazing.
Although 'beaver trail' makes me think of my period.
Yeah, there's no bears, moose or elk. But the birds man, the birds! Lovely lovely birds.
some falcon and hawk things, they're ok but not as good as other ones.
owl (actually only heard them, fucking annoying!)
goldfinch - these are good.
other countries have for example all these PLUS:
birdwatching isn't all Disney you know
other whats mate?
your taste in foreign birds is deeply crass
I do like moorhens and coots though actually
that's not what it's about
this is merely an aggressive form of inverse snobbery - realigning the Great Chain of Being where eagles and toucans lord it over 'small, brown, flitty things'
wouldst thou not celebrate a treecreeper, harru?
also, herons are well cool. I saw 3 this morning, and an infant one.
saw one flying over Truck Festival last year. I was all like, wow, that bird is very light and what's it think it's doing flying at night?! oh, I get it, it's a barn owl.
also, don't forget red kites, they're fun to watch. I saw one perched on a branch 2 weeks ago. it was enjoyable and it squarked
boobies, i might add.
currently nesting in Bolton parish church. Peregrine falcons are the best birds.
Flew right across the road really low when I was walking to work this one time, fucking brilliant
the bats in Indonseia & Australia are mahoosive. The bats in South America feed on the blood of live cows
What a bunch of twats!
Owls and badgers are awesome, but they don't need to make a big deal out of it.
Those foreign chaps appreciate our formidable beasts of the wild, why can't you?
saw one of these yesterday though
Golden eagles ffs. That invalidates the whole argument straight away.
or something as exciting?
Most desert countries
has got puffins coming out of every orifice. And puffins are cool as fuck.
each lunchtime. They've got a fuck-off heron that eats cute chicks. He's pretty cool.
Some day you and I are going to end up standing next to each other admiring the heron.
we do all right.
what about desert countries? they just get camels and vultures.
then I feel sorry for you son
I got 99 problems, but appreciating the amazingness of the world we live in isn't one of them.
Mosquitos and really smelly swamps and stuff. But yeah, pretty much every country has incrediblely beautiful natural shit in it.
They pwn the world. Mega successful. Pretty amazing evolution.
Mosquitos are a vector, themselves not deadly. It's like saying that cardboard boxes are deadly because some contain grenades.
I'm going to say that is the best metaphor anyone has ever come up with. Nobody can argue. Shut up.
pretty happy about that
have you ever seen an angry hedgehog?
just tried to give it a cuddle
British wildlife for the most part is boring as shit.
"Ooooh, we've got lots of very slightly different birds" Bore off Oddie, where are the fucking lions?
All it is is a collection of small birds with embarrassing names like 'marshtit', in various shades of brown, 'flitting' about the place
in NZ we have none of these critters, and all are very interesting..
huge motherfucking flying beetles in summer (goliath beetle?)
all great lads
the "king of the downs"
think you'll find we do, and we get great whites and humpback whales too, if we're going to include marine life
Also, I caught one of these last summer http://loneswimmer.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/conger-eel-1.png (not shit, just terrifying)
that eel looks really happy
that's nightmares sorted for the next six months then
why refer to wildlife as 'shit'?
when it is human attitude that is not dissimilar to yours, that causes visually spectacular animals to be hunted.
British wildlife is not 'shit'
It is humans that were responsible for removal of bears and wolves and beavers (trying to be reintroduced) and sea eagles (recently reintroduced) and boars.
You are a human.
It was human activity that has seen our previously glorious abundance of huge old oak trees all chopped down.
Our Yews stand up to yews elsewhere.
English bluebell woods are 'a thing' that is not really found elsewhere.
If your eyes and senses are shit, then everything will be shit to you, unless you autotune and cherry pick and enhance your images.
Also, this sentence is incredible.
"Our yews stand up to yews elsewhere"
I've always been suprised that all the heritage patriots banging on have always been sooooooo shallow.
Oak and Yew trees both have been used by natives of this island for defence (Offence?)
The Yew bows most famous time being agincourt (but it also shone at poitiers, crecy and many other battles, but before this it was also used by previous generations, in fact going back a long way further, you could use the yew sap, and distill it down to be more concentrated and with the ultra powerful yew bow (use ash for the arrows, goose feathers for flights and fix the flint arrowhead to the arrow with binding and birch tar.) then you have a pretty lethal weapon.
Where an oak branches, more lignin is put down, and the multi direction of the fibres mean that the joins of the trees are REALLY strong........brilliant if you want to make big tough ships.......hence most of the old big oak trees straight and with strong bends, got used in the naval shipbuilding. and that is something that britain was famous for.
Interestingly, aboard the mary rose(mostly oak?) they found fuck-off heavy draw yew bow.
Produce the Mail
Which we should stop reading
harru has disgraced himself
In Britain the garden would be full of birdsong.
Here its more squarking
because the May and Queen Annes Lace are in full flower at the moment, which is what makes this time of year one of the 'white festivals' Beltaine
and what you really wanted to convey was that where you are there are some bigger animals that are easy to capture a spectacular visual image of, it was probably just you using an unfortunate choice of words ?
Basically cos you are not in uk, you are seeing other novel animals and they therefore have the wow factor?
You can do that in UK, but you have to look in a different way to see it in a novel way perhaps/
was actually wondering if there are other countries that lack megafauna or whatever though.
chuck a few bears in the brecon beacons, make it interesting for pickernickers
some of you need to get out more
If you live somewhere, of course you think the wildlife is shit. As you're used to it. If wild parrots were what you are used to, then they seem ordinary.
It's like all this bollocks chat about people looking "exotic" because they're parents are from Chile or something. My mate is English, with blonde hair and blue eyes and pale skin and all the girls loved him in South America because HE was exotic.
So basically, wildlife is ace and it's no-one's fault if you wanna be a world weary fuck apart from your own.
Thank sounded harsh but you dig, bro?*
*Never used this sentence before
Maybe it'sa not the greatest if you live in the middle of a city, but take a step outside into the country and there's so much ot see. when I was walking the saddle of glencoe I saw a Golden Eagle and I thight I oculd quite posisbly at that moment die happy. I had tears streaning down my face, as did everyone in our gorup and we had to take off our rcuksacks and sit on them for a moment to gawp as it did its swooping and curling flypast. I think we had had some bad Mushies right enough.
I was in North Scotland the other year and drove past a fully grown, male stag with massive crazy horns. Was literally the most majestic thing I've even seen.
but never big scary stags.
I feel like going hillwalking again son, might dust my boots off tomorrow if I'm not going to WemBurLay.
Harru, for the first time in his life, is right. Our wildlife is great but it's definitely inferior to everywhere else. Barely any endemic species and a much smaller selection than most other places. Stop getting butthurt, animal patriots.
so indistinguishable from the Common Crossbill that seasoned birders probably couldn't identify it for certain in hand
the lengths Our Glorious Classifiers went to so they could get us an endemic bird, eh :D
but of course it's not about endemic species, you small-minded jingoist
Or a crow is inferior to a vulture?
You're rating animals based on what you're used to and what you find ascetically pleasing, like some fucking Roman Emperor, judging life with a thumbs up or thumbs down.
"Oh I don't like that crow, as even though they've been proven to be one of the cleverest birds they're black and I prefer birds that are multicoloured."
"Badgers are nice, but I prefer my black and white animals to not fuck and eat bamboo all day".
You're fucking sick man. SICK IN THE JUDGEMENTAL HEAD.
it's that his aesthetics are so rigidly in favour of higher species diversity by country, which is misleading, because you're hardly going to see all the species at once
it's fine to be aesthetically receptive to animals, but there's no point complaining about what it does throw up in front of you. it's not the same as music, film or art. it's the collective unconscious - a living dream, not a Work that can be critiqued
I think you get otters and crows in loads of countries plus loads of stuff we don't have.
that post was clearly tongue and cheek.
think how much charity/conservation money has gone into the futile attempt to stop them evolutioning themselves to extinction, and what it could have been spent on. (rhinos).
how many rhinos do you think a panda is worth?
like if we were in a hostage situation, how many rhinos would you kill to save a panda? or how many pandas to save a rhino?
I'd say 30 rhinos = 1 panda
How many would you kill of them to save a panda? 10,000?
you have to kill them with a flamethrower by the way. Personally.
so 1 rhino = 1 panda ?
are they in the UK?
ooor Scottish wildcats.
However, do we have wild wolves again? I heard they've come back.
Probably on a boat from Europe. Where's Farage when you need him?
these live near me and are quite fun
wildcats are terrifying
i'm imagining this one like 'what the fuck did you just say'
Forgot about them.
Particularly if you like bird watching (which I do).
The answer is the Faroe Islands btw. They have hardly anything :(
some jokers trying to suggest new zealand, lol:
France and Germany an that Europe. What do they have? Do they have "popular" animals? You speak German so you should be able to answer this.
goat things with massive horns
plus everything britain has
nz has some pretty good insect life too
loads of nice green stuff - yeah I'm counting long grassy fields, bushes and trees as wildlife
anyway, loads of stuff. The UK countryside in the summer is lovely.
It's mum was standing guard nearby.
That was good.
perhaps a metaphor for...something
be honest, they're no lions, elephants or king cobras.
called confrontedbybears? Well I always read this for some reason as being 'comfortedbybears' and then I giggle and then I get a bit scared at the thought.
Saw my first badger recently, but it was dead
but in all honesty we haven't got anything quite as amazing as an elephant.
Imagine what Phil the Greek and the rest of the royal family would do to them
herons are cool.
also I say a pheasent about an hour ago, they are quite handsome birds.
i'm a fan of the heron.
and there were three miniature baby boars with stripes.
but its the first time I've seen them so I was somewhat excited.
Don't even try to tell me you wouldn't have been excited.
the west country
red deer are good
saw an eel once. can't complain really
I drive to work down a busy road and there is one junction that has a very large population of rabbits. Always see at least one in the morning and it never fails to lift my heart