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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April 2005, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
In pictures: Wild Britain by rail

Mute swans

A new guide published by animal charities and rail companies highlights the variety of wildlife - such as mute swans - to be found along Britain's rail routes

Common buzzard

There are good populations of the common buzzard on Llanelli to Shrewsbury route - also known as the Heart of Wales Line

Badger

Keep an eye out for badgers on the Oxford-Worcester-Hereford service at dawn and dusk, when they're most active

Water vole  - courtesy of Clare Bowen/MTUK

Rare water voles - 'Ratty' in Wind in the Willows - live by waterways on the Llanelli to Shrewsbury line

Red grouse - photographed by Chris Gomersall for rspb-images.com

Red grouse inhabit the heather moorland of the Peak District National Park, on the Leeds to Manchester route

Fallow deer

Leaving Exeter for Penzance, you might see distinctive fallow deer beside the Exe Estuary

New Forest pony - courtesy of Valerie Keeble/MTUK

Britain's indigenous New Forest Ponies live in the forest of the same name between Southampton and Weymouth

Common Seal - courtesy of Graham Bellenger/MTUK

The trackside wildlife is not limited to landlubbers - keep an eye out for common seals on the coast between Newcastle and Edinburgh

Lapwing - photographed by Chris Gomersall for rspb-images.com

The Sheffield to Derby route runs through pasture which provides feeding and nesting territory for lapwings

Grey squirrel -  courtesy of Nida Al-Fulaij/MTUK

Grey squirrels are common in the urban areas beside the railway tracks between Leeds and Manchester




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