Quiz: Identify our local animals

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Quiz - identify our local animals

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Over a hundred types of bird and at least a dozen species of wild mammals have been seen in Burngreave. So it is no surprise that, on the amazing Parkwood Springs Lantern Procession, there were many animal themed lanterns. All you have to do is to identify our local animals from the descriptions below:-

1.You probably don’t want this animal in your house. A Hindu symbol of fertility: a single breeding pair can produce 15,000 descendants in one year! They are intelligent, ingenious, adaptable and social: a bit like humans!

2. This brightly coloured waterside bird lives in holes in the riverbank. Some have been seen darting over Crabtree Ponds. They symbolise peace and prosperity and give their name to the phrase ‘Halcyon days’.

3. The biggest British land carnivore, this animal has made its home in several parts of Burngreave. If you think they live near you, put out at night some honey flavoured cereals or some peanut butter in a metal dish on a hard surface and wait for it to rattle. In England some people thought they brought bad luck but other people used their hairs to ward off witchcraft. They are persecuted by some and loved by others.

4. These brightly coloured and harmless insects can be seen in summer flying above our local ponds. In folklore they are widely perceived as a symbol of good luck and as the weighers of souls. But they can also represent change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realisation. The first part of their name comes from a mythical reptilian animal which is represented in cultures all around the world. That can itself can be a force for evil or for good.

5. These fish-eating large birds, with their black white and grey plumage, have a regular flight path across Burngreave. They stand for stillness, tranquillity and determination. There are several species of this kind of furry animal resident in our neighbourhood. But it is very hard to identify their species when you see them in flight on summer evenings. They are quite tiny: some of them weigh about the same as a 20p piece. But they have a life expectancy of about twenty years. Living round most of the world, these animals have attracted a wide range of superstitions and folkloric qualities. In Europe, they are associated with darkness, death, witchcraft, and malevolence but in China they represent good fortune. Some North American tribes regard them as tricksters.

6. Flocks or ‘charms’ of these small attractive garden birds can be seen on Parkwood Springs. They are often shown eating thistles and teasels. The best way to attract them into your garden is to put out some Niger seed.

7. This bird’s name is the title of a recent film version of a book by Donna Tartt about a boy who loses his mother in a New York bombing. These birds symbolise fertility and resurrection.

8. Back in the Middle Ages Parkwood Springs was a hunting area for these animals and now one species of them have come back. There is a ‘wood’ and a ‘lane’ in our area named after that species. Another species (also found in Sheffield) is the UK’s largest land mammal. These animals are depicted in cave artwork dating back to up to 40,000 years and have featured in mythology, art and pub names ever since.

9. There are five species of these birds in the UK. The tawny species can be heard hooting in woody parts of Burngreave mainly at night time. Although this bird’s wisdom is legend, it is only legend. This bird has brains smaller than a goose or a crow.

10. This animal can be seen on the streets and in gardens across Burngreave. They used to be cruelly hunted with packs of dogs. They have adapted to city life. Across the world from Peru to Europe and Japan they are notorious for their cunning.


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