Friday Quiz – Random UK Wildlife Facts!

Title photo by Michael R Perry

Dear Readers, this week is a miscellany of random animal facts for you to test your wits against. Answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Friday 10th September, and as usual, I will disappear your replies as soon as I see them, but please do write them down first if you are easily influenced by other people’s brilliance (like me :-).

So, here we go!

  1. What do we call a baby alpaca?
  2. What is the most dangerous animal in England, in terms of deaths?
  3. What is Britain’s fastest land mammal?
  4. Which four groups of animals technically belong to the Queen?
  5. What is a group of pheasants called?
  6. Owls are zygodactyl. What does that mean?
  7. The puffin’s scientific name is Puffinus puffinus. True or false?
  8. How many species of UK mammal hibernate (closest answer gets a bonus point!)
  9. Fieldfares and redwings migrate to the UK every year, but where from?
  10. Which UK thrush is named after its favourite food?
  11. James II paid over a thousand pounds for a pair of which birds?
  12. Which species of bird, first seen in the UK in 1956, is now the 7th most commonly seen species?
  13. What is Britain’s commonest bird of prey?
  14. Which is the only UK snake that lays eggs?
  15. The UK has only three native lizard species. Can you name them?


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