Dec 31 2020

Christmas Quiz – The Answers!

And so, as I’m sure you have all been eagerly awaiting with baited breath….we finally have the answers to our Christmas Quiz!


As follows:

  1. How many turtle doves are there in the Twelve Days of Christmas song?

Answer: Two

  1. Which partridge species is native to the UK?

Answer: Grey Partridge

  1. Name 3 species of geese that overwinter in the UK?

Answer: Any three of the following: White fronted goose , brent goose, pink footed goose, taiga beangoose, tundra bean goose, barnacle goose

  1. Name a British bird species that has the word ring in its name

Answer: Ringed plover or ring ouzel

  1. Name a species of wild flower that has “ladies/lady” in its common name

Answer: Any of the following: Ladies’ smock, creeping lady’s tresses, Lords and Ladies, Lady’s Mantle, ladys bedstraw

  1. Which is the most common species of swan in the UK?

Answer: Mute Swan

  1. Name a wild flower with ‘Lord’ in its common name

Answer: Lords and ladies

  1. Which British wild bird is known for its drumming display call?

Answer: Snipe

  1. Who is awakened at precisely 9:30AM every day by her personal piper?


  1. What common garden bird does ‘four calling birds’ refer to in the original twelve days of Christmas?

Answer: Blackbird – (Most people interpret a calling bird as a song bird. However, the original song referred to “Four Colly Birds”. The word colly means “black as coal or soot” so it is likely that the ‘calling birds’ were four blackbirds)

  1. In the traditional song, what do the 3 french hens represent?

Answer: Faith, Hope and Charity

  1. What is the latin name of the early spring flower that is also known as milk maid?

Answer: Cardamine Pratensis, (cuckoo flower or ladies smock)

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