We're a big fan of learning new and interesting facts here at Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, so when someone brought up the topic of collective nouns in our office, we immediately took to the internet to explore further.

If the phrase 'collective nouns' doesn't mean anything to you, don't panic. You've definitely come across them - basically a collective noun is just the word used to describe a group of something. For example, a flock of birds or a school of fish. But what you might not know is that there are special words for lots of different animals; one of our favourites is a crash of rhinoceroses!

So, we set out to find the collective nouns for animals we might see on and around the waterways. Here are some of our favourites;

  • A raft of otters
  • A scurry of squirrels
  • A parliament of owls
  • A skulk of foxes
  • A hover of trout
  • A kaleidoscope of butterflies
  • A siege of herons
  • A gaggle of geese

We'll be making it our mission to get some of these into casual conversation today! What's your favourite? Do you have some others we could add to our list? Let us know!