Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Big Garden Birdwatch

 My garden sparrows 

Fieldfares from the public footpath at Worthenbury

Woodpigeon doing his best to bump up the biomass

Numbers were definitely down this year - only 29 birds in all, and 9 of those were house sparrows. Other species recorded: blue tit, long-tailed tit, coal tit, robin, wren, blackbird, woodpigeon, jackdaw. No finches, no starlings and no dunnocks, which is unusual. I wonder if other birdwatchers have found this kind of a dip?

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Monday, 4 January 2016

Fabulous Amphibians to open 2016!

Do check underneath piles of garden rubbish if you're moving them at this time of year. Some little animals use them to over-winter in.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Merry Christmas to all wildlife fans. Hoping the voles will return in 2016 - I'll be posting sightings as soon as they come!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Please Check your Bonfires Before Lighting Them!

Amphibians such as the GCN and the baby smooth newts above, as well as small mammals and reptiles, are looking for piles of logs in which to hibernate. If you're building a bonfire, don't do it more than a day or two in advance, and if it's been up a while, do try shifting it a few feet so that any animals who've taken refuge there have a chance to escape.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Squeezing the Last Drops out of Summer.

 Common lizard

Very juvenile newt 

 Field voles

 Prees Heath

Meadow Pipit


 Fly agaric

 Common frog

Juvenile smooth newt 

 Small tortoiseshell

Shaggy ink cap

Common toad

Friday, 11 September 2015

Winding up the Season

I never see much of the voles after early September, so this blog goes into semi-hibernation for the winter. However, I'll be keeping track of the hedgehogs and any other wildlife encounters over the colder months. Then fingers crossed it'll all kick off again in Spring...