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A bee-eater (Merops apiaster) tossing a bumble bee in Hungary. The bee-eater is a specialist in bumble bees, wasps, bees and other larger flying insects. One of Europe's most colourful and exotic-looking birds, the bee-eater lives in colonies in sand banks. That is why this species has benefited from human construction and roadbuilding, where gravel pits and excavation sites provide many more artificial sandbanks than untouched nature. On the other hand, widespread pesticide use in farming reduces the numbers of large insects that the bee-eater needs to survive. Sometimes they are persecuted by bee-keepers, who are not so enthusiastic about their choice of diet. An Atlantic wolf fish (Anarchias lupus) and a shrimp ( Lebbeus polaris) in the waters off Norway. The wrinkled blue-grey wolf fish is a highly-prized delicacy which grows extremely slowly and can live for decades. This makes them very vulnerable for the targeted fishing that is now taking place in the Atlantic. The 4,478 m Matterhorn mirrored in the Riffel Lake at Zermatt. Climate change is enabling lower-altitude species conquer higher and higher ground, out-competing the high altitude species, many of which have their last refuges high up in the mountains of Central and Eastern Europe.


view Wild Wonders of Europe: European Wildlife and Landscape as presented by: Telegraph Media Group


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