As a young child I can remember the thrill of my father telling me that every group of animals had a special name that they were called. Most children’s first knowledge of such names is when they are told to ‘look at a flock of birds,’ or ‘watch the shoal of fish swimming in the water.’ The more of these fascinating expressions that I learnt the more I craved to know.
Solitary Canada goose
The list is so numerous – a pod of dolphins; a nest of snakes; a dray of squirrels; a pack of dogs; a knot of toads; a mischief of mice; a prickle of porcupines; a bed of oysters; a loveliness of ladybirds; a bloat of hippopotami; a coalition of cheetahs; and should you ever see dragons well they have a special name too - a weyr of dragons! Of course the list is much longer than this … which one is your favourite collective name?