Britain’s Cutest Wild Animals: The Search is On!


Following the great reception given to the cute seal pup featuring in my last post I thought I’d spark off a search for the UK’s cutest native species!

Visitors to the UK love to discover the richness and diversity of the UK’s fauna, and with everything from hedgehogs to dolphins populating the British Isles and its surrounding waters, we have much to enjoy! Although our status as an island has meant that continental species such as the wild boar and brown bear have been hunted to extinction in the British Isles, it is still home to a great selection of native creatures, many of which rank highly in the cute stakes…


Swimming with dolphins is on most people’s bucket lists, and although you’ll probably need flights to Florida in order to actually swim with the creatures and touch them, you can enjoy dolphins from a distance at various locations in the UK. The best areas for dolphin-spotting mainly focus around Cornwall, Devon and Scotland. Prawle Point in Devon, Cardigan Bay in Wales and Moray Firth in Inverness, Scotland are all good spots to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures.



Otters have been returning to England’s rivers since the 1970s thanks to greater controls on water quality and the banning of otter hunting in Britain in 1978. Part of the weasel family, otters are the top of the food chain in Britain’s river environments, and carry a healthy dose of charm with it!



Now if these creatures don’t warm the cockles of your heart I have no idea what will. The UK boasts colonies of both grey and common seals, which can be seen at locations such as Cornwall, the Moray Firth, Blakeney in Norfolk and the Orkney Islands.


OK so adult swans are generally described as being ‘graceful’ and ‘elegant’ rather than cute, but signets certainly fit the bill here (puns aside). Surely making a mockery of the legend of the ugly duckling, these fluffy white creatures are far from it!


Dartmoor Ponies

The Dartmoor Pony is a semi-feral protected species native to Britain, which roams freely across Dartmoor in Devon. The species is a hardy one, and has to be to survive the harsh conditions on the open moors, but is also placid and well-natured, being used as breeding stock for riding ponies.


Certainly not exclusive to the UK, being found in most northern hemisphere countries, but the red fox is certainly a handsome beast. Fox cubs rate well on the cuteness scale, and city dwellers in the UK are probably more likely to spot plucky urban dwelling foxes than those out in the countryside.




These brightly-coloured, dumpy little birds contribute significantly to the UK’s birdsong soundtrack, even singing at night around streetlights. Renowned for being the ‘gardener’s friend’, robins are relatively bold and unafraid of humans, and Britain even has its own subspecies – Erithacus rubecula melophilus – which is slightly different from the continental robin.


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55 Responses to “Britain’s Cutest Wild Animals: The Search is On!”

  1. Paul Davis
    April 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Do hedgehogs make good pets?

    Who’d have thought they could look so cute?

    • natalie opray
      April 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      no they are wild animals not pets. only help them if they are injured

    • Paul Steele
      April 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Paul, yes cute but best left in the wild :)

    • Millie Brown
      August 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Yes, hedgehogs do make nice pets, lots of people keep them. You can buy domesticated ones called “African Pygmy Hedgehogs,” I think you can get other breeds but they are the only domesticated breed I know of. To save the money, personally i’d go and track down a baby one before it’s eyes have opened and keep him :) By the time it has grown up it should be tame to you :)

  2. Robert
    April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I had some fox cubs living in my back garden in London for a while! They were super cute – loved watching them caper about while the vixen kept watch…

    • Paul Steele
      April 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi Robert yes they get a bad name don’t they but really great animals once you learn and watch

    • Carmelita
      April 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      In Umbria, staying in a rental with friends, we could not understand why in the morning one or the other of us would find just one of a pair of sandals shoes missing, disappeared, gone…. until one early morning I spotted a young fox in the garden worrying one of the missing shoes to death!

      Too cute for words, we made sure he had (our oldest) shoes to steal and play with after spotting him!

      • Paul Steele
        April 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

        awww great story Carmelita, sounds like you had a good plan too :)

  3. Davo
    April 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    The deer is awesome!

  4. Red Hunt
    April 6, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Nice list…not enough UK and Europe wildlife posts out there! The second hedgehog photo looks like an African Pygmy Hedgehog / White-Bellied Hedgehog.
    They CAN make decent pets, but I don’t recommend it. They’re quite small (smaller than your hand when full grown), can be litter trained, are solitary animals in the wild, love to eat spiders, bugs and other insects…BUT they’re not cuddly creatures, can be quite smelly and can be quite susceptible to cold and large temperature fluctuations.

    • Paul Steele
      April 6, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks for the comment and great info. :)

  5. Cindy Vriend
    April 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Brilliant post! My favorite photo is the one of the three ducklings exploring the world, toooo cute :D

    • Paul Steele
      April 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      :D Thx Cindy.. Ducklings fan? Quite a few like the hedgehogs it seems :)

      • Cindy Vriend
        April 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

        Hahaha yesss there’s something about them, maybe it’s their sillywalk or the innocent look on their faces. They’re funny creatures. It always makes me smile when i see the first ones swimming around.

  6. Nancy Scott
    April 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Def the hedgehog is my fave – I know that’s very boring and predictable ;-)

    • Paul Steele
      April 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      :) It’s not boring they are lovely creatures.

  7. Joyce Cherrier
    April 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Oh my gosh!! I love the otter! That’s my fav!

    • Paul Steele
      April 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      hey Joyce :) Otters.. Yes great to see them in the mix. Hedgehogs are winning I think can you believe?

    • Donalt odiwuor
      April 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      I also love them coz they are God creature

  8. Linsey Tagg
    April 7, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Oh they are ALL lovely. I cant choose. Otter, hedgehog, even the dolphin. I am not much help I’m afraid. Oh go on then – The Otter. : D

    • Paul Steele
      April 7, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Another Otter lover? :) Hard to choose isn’t it? :)

      • Linsey Tagg
        April 7, 2012 at 9:59 am #

        I do like Otters, they are cute and cheeky! :D

  9. Dawn Stubbs
    April 7, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    These are beautiful photographs…cute,,the dolphin has to be my favourite. He’s smiling!;D

    • Paul Steele
      April 7, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      :D Not many know of the dolphins, absolutely wonderful to see in natural environment swimming free. Thx Dawn

      • Dawn Stubbs
        April 7, 2012 at 10:42 am #

        Hi Paul, They are beautiful creatures,,i agree swimming free they look amazing! Dolphins have a max of 3 leaders within each group, they follow the most experienced for specific activity. There are 32 species of ocean Dolphin and 5 of river Dolphin…their core body temp is 36 degrees whilst humans is 37 degrees their brain weight is 1500 – 1600 gms the human brain is 1200 – 1300 grams! X

        • Paul Steele
          April 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

          Wow, amazing knowledge and thanks so much for passing it on :) I will be in touch for more for sure

  10. Sandman
    April 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    OK, so you have dolphins, ducks and rabbits in Britain, great :/

    • Paul Steele
      April 8, 2012 at 12:12 am #

      All great for adventure :)

    • Michelle
      April 14, 2012 at 3:42 am #

      Yeah… British is better than American ;D

      • Peggy
        January 4, 2013 at 1:57 am #

        Not nice to say. I think their both great! Oh, and I’ve heard they are eaten. Is that true? Can’t imagine… they are too cute!

  11. Bobbie
    April 8, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    They are so cute

    • Paul Steele
      April 8, 2012 at 12:59 am #

      Hi Bobbie, yes I know, hard to decide isn’t it? :)

  12. Find A Holiday Friend
    April 10, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Oh gosh, what absolutely fab pictures. Well done for getting these, and again for sharing. Happy day ;-)

  13. Michelle
    April 14, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Hoopoe is my favourite… too bad it’s not on the list. And nuthatch, and great tit, and blue tit… Robin, ducklings, cygnets and the ponies are cute too!

  14. Ather Islam Dev
    April 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Great thanks,,<3

  15. Ather Islam Dev
    April 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    i love animals..<3

  16. Ather Islam Dev
    April 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Swans and Dolphins are great..:)

  17. Rebecca Graham
    April 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I like the Dolphins as I am a friend of the dolphins they are lovely.

  18. Rebecca Graham
    April 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I like the baby ducks as well.

  19. Edna Crossett
    April 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    All the animals shown are great,cute or even majestic in their own natural enviornment but I’m afraid the humble hedgehog does it for me, just love them.

  20. Karyn Salmon
    April 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    All your pictures are fabulos love them all,But while there the squrrils were so so cute and scurried about collecting nuts watched them for ages in Hyde Park Love these wee guys as we don’t have them here in NZ The foxes were lovely too see as well we don’t see them either here.

  21. Rebecca
    April 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Dolphins all the way! There’s just something extra about seeing them, going back to Wales this year to hopefully see them again :) You can’t beat seeing them swimming free, where they belong.

  22. Tushar
    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    The favorite image: Dolphins? Squirrel or Rabbits or Robins? Tough to decide. They all are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Charlie M
    November 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    I am definitely a fan of the otters, they’re surprisingly clever creatures yet look so cute!

    • Paul Steele
      November 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      I love them too Charlie.. yes very clever

  24. Sophie Hamilton
    July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    These photos are amazing! I especially love the colours in the first deer photo. Such majestic animals!

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