BBC Wildlife - UK (2019-12)

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Cover: Robin: Damian Waters; penguin: Stefan Christmann; hedgehog: Ingo Arndt/NPL; This page: Klaus Echle/naturepl.com


December 2019 BBC Wildlife 3

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s withmostparents,
Christmastimefindsme
lookingbacktomyown
childhood.Andit surprises
mehowmanyofmy
memoriesrelatesomehowtomyloveof
nature.DecoratingtheChristmascake,
forexample,andthemagicmomentof
pullingouttheboxofdecorations,tiny
hunksofwhiteicingstuckfastfromlast
Christmas.It wasn’tjustsnowmenand
chimneysthatadornedthefreshroyal
icing,butthatmostfestiveofbirds– the
robin.Butwhyis ourred-breastedfriend
soassociatedwithChristmas?That’s
oneofthequestionsweaskedStephen
Mosstoanswerforusinourcover
featureonpage54.

Andaswelay
thisissuetobed,
I’mstruckbyother
childhoodmemories.
ChaeStrathie’sfeature
onpage 70 bringstomind
mywell-worncopyofTheWorld
of Pooh, whichmysonandI now
readtogether,andremindsmeof
howmanyofusfirstfallinlovewith
animalsthroughstorybooks.
OnbehalfofallofusatBBCWildlife
Magazine, letmewishyoualla happy
Christmas,anda peaceful2020!

In a winter wonderland


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Some animals skip Christmas
altogether, such as this fat (or
edible) dormouse, which passes
the winter festivities snug as
the proverbial bug in its nest.
Get the lowdown on the science
behind hibernation on p62.

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