Welcome to Wild In Britain, an occasional and irregular photo journal of my encounters with all types of wildlife in the British Isles. All species featured on the site are wild, and all photographs are the copyright of Ben Locke. For prints and licensing click here. Please also take a look at my main site BenLocke.co.uk
This Wryneck was feeding on ants in Berkeley back in 2013. Wrynecks are small sparrow-sized birds, appearing greyish overall, with brown and buff mottling. They have a contrasting dark band running down from the back of the head onto the back. They feed almost exclusively on ants and unlike other woodpeckers, are seen mainly on the ground, and do not often climb up vertical trunks or branches.
A young Wild Boar in the fallen leaves of the Forest of Dean. Although there's a large peak of boar born in the spring, there is a smaller peak in the autumn, but they can actually be observed all year round.
This Pool Frog was photographed at an undisclosed site in Hampshire. They are particularly rare, once presumed extinct. Small ponds adjacent to woodlands or in meadows are the preferred habitat although the Pool Frog may inhabit larger ponds if in a mixed population with edible frogs.