Getting outside and learning more about the wildlife is a great way to explore, so we’ve put together 5 fun winter wildlife facts that you might not know.
Badgers don’t hibernate in the winter
In winter, Badgers do not hibernate but reduce their activity during periods of cold weather. During the autumn months, badgers’ feeding activity increases to accumulate body fat reserves for the winter.
Mountain Hares shed their fur in late November
Mountain hares live in Scotland and the north of England and are most visable in spring, when the snow has melted. In summer the mountain hare has a grey-brown coat, however in winter it turns white to blend in with its surroundings and only its ear tips stay black.
Red squirrels don’t hibernate over winter
Red squirrels do not hinberate in the winter, but they do keep stores of food to help see them through difficult times when fresh food is not available.
Bears hibernate during winter
Bears due hibernate during Winter but do no sleep all of the time. Hibernation for bears means that they do not need to eat or drink and tend to stay in their dens during winter if no food is available.
Hedgehogs hibernate curled up in a specially built nest in piles of leaves
Hedgehogs are nocturnal and only come out at night time. During winter and the day, a hedgehog will sleep in a specifically built nest in thick undergrowths, leaves, unlit bonfires, or under a shed, it will never sleep outside of its nest.