The Peacock is a familiar sight in gardens across the British Isles and is unmistakable, with quite spectacular eyes on the upperside of the hindwings that give this butterfly its name. These eyes must appear very threatening to predators, such as mice, that confront this butterfly head-on, where the body forming a “beak”, as shown in the image above.

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Acknowledgements: Extracts taken from "UK Butterflies"

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Tufted Duck


Tufted ducks are medium-sized diving ducks, smaller than a mallard. They have black on the head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. Tufted Ducks have a small crest and a yellow eye. In flight tufted ducks show an obvious white stripe across the back of the wing. They breed in the UK across lowland areas of England, Scotland and Ireland, but less commonly in Wales, with most birds being residents. Numbers increase in the UK in winter because of birds moving to the UK from Iceland and northern Europe.

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Maple Leaf

Acer is a genus of trees or shrubs commonly known as maple. The genus is placed in the family Sapindaceae. There are approximately 128 species, most of which are native to Asia, with a number also appearing in Europe, northern Africa, and North America.

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Long-tailed Tits

Long-tailed Tits looking like a ball on a stick with their long tails and small bodies, you’ll probably notice Long-tailed Tits most when they are in small, excitable flocks.

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