Wildlife of Europe
Europe has a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife watching possibilities. The Lynx, though very rare, can be found in the forests of northern Scandinavia and the coastal wetlands of southern Spain and many places in between. Bears are still be found across most of Europe; Wild boar, deer, moose, otters, beavers, Mountain goats, Pine martens, polecats, wolverines and even bison can all still be found.
Whale and dolphin watching in Europe
Whales can be seen on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and in parts of the Mediterranean, especially in the summer. Minke whales are most common, but Humpback, Sperm, Fin and even Beluga whales can all be seen.
Orca (Killer whales), Bottlenose, Common, Risso's and Striped dolphins can all be seen, as well as Basking sharks and a variety of seals. It is even possible to swim with Orca in Norway, click here to read how.
Birdwatching in Europe
Europe has a huge range of habitats, from tundra and taiga to bogs, moorland, forests, mountain ranges, coastal cliffs, wetlands and semi arid deserts. This diverstiy provides suitable habitat for a huge range of birdlife, and nearly 80 different 'families' of birds are to be found in Europe, about half of the worlds total. Approximately 550 species of bird are regularly found in Europe, not counting rare migrants and accidentals.
Wildlife of Spain
- Iberian wolves – Where to see them
- IberiaNature.com (nothing to do with Wildlife Extra, but very good) has a very good guide to the wildlife of Spain.
Recent Europe news
- Azores celebrate 30 year ban on whaling
- Vulture killing drug now available on EU market
- Massive seabird mortality reported in Atlantic
- Belgium to crush entire ivory stockpile
- Canada and The Netherlands to support Kenya in its fight against poaching
- Record numbers of puffins perish
- Second Danish zoo giraffe in a week may be euthanised
- National Wildlife Crime Unit funding secured for two years
- UK investigation leads to conviction of three Swedish egg collectors
- Bat populations are recovering according to largest ever European study
- Animal welfare organisations call on IOC to stop dolphin exploitation during Winter Olympics
- Darwin’s garden purchased
- Gordon Buchanan asks petitions committee to adopt golden eagle as national bird
- River Thames rubbish killing wildlife
- European countries vow to protect the Adria region in South-Eastern Europe
More Europe news
- Bristol Channel wind farm project shelved
- The keeping of exotic animals as pets should be restricted say vets
- EU ban on importing seal fur is upheld
- Major concern over possible release of genetically modified insects
- Bulgaria tackled over conservation failure
- New Russian conservation plan for Amur tiger and leopard
- Living legend Paul McCartney writes to Putin about Arctic 30
- European Parliament imposes limits on underwater industrial noise pollution
- At least 12 eagles amongst birds killed by hunters in Malta
- Caucasian Red Deer will be reintroduced in Armenia soon
- Chaffinch once again the most common species during the Euro birdwatch
- Dangers of mercury in whale meat highlighted by new treaty
- European Court of Justice dismisses sealing industry appeal
- Thirty year study of Europe's Bonelli's eagle reveals endangered populations and critical links
- Spotted eagles tracked from Germany on migration to Africa
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