If you’re out rustling through leaves in the woodlands or breathing fresh air in the open countryside, you might come across signs of animals that have recently passed by. Animal tracks can often be seen in soft squelchy mud, and also show up well in snow during the winter months.
We’ve gathered some footprints of animals that might make their homes near you, with tips for identifying them on your explorations.
The arrowhead shape of birds’ tracks are easily identifiable from mammal prints, but it can be difficult to work out exactly which species of bird they belong to. What bird do you think left this print?
There are lots of animals which leave similar paw prints. Could this one be a fox, a dog or a badger?
Which animal do you think would make hoof prints like this?
Waterbird prints look different to wildfowl. What sort of bird do you think made these prints?
The Sherborne Park Estate was home to Winterwatch on BBC Two in late January. You can find out more about the programme and the stars -
some of the wildlife on the estate.
Winter is the perfect time for playing in the snow, stargazing, bird watching, cooking on a campfire and lots more.
Want to learn more about nature and wildlife? Find out about our 'Nature talk and tea' series. The next date is Wed 28 Feb and Adam Henson will be talking about farming, conservation work, and more.
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