Category Archives: Woodland

How often does a badger change its bed?

Badgers use a variety of materials as bedding, depending on the time of year. Most commonly used is dry grass, leaves, bracken, hay, straw and moss. They use also Bluebells and other green material during the Spring, which as it … Continue reading

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Deer scrapes

At the back of the wildlife flower meadow on my local patch a couple of muddy patches have appeared. Each time I walk past them I wonder what caused them, so I’ve been doing a bit of research. One patch … Continue reading

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Autumn colours

Autumn is a time for spectacular colours, the oranges, reds and yellows suddenly burst through just as the countryside seems to be getting dull and grey. At the end of a dark and damp afternoon I went for a walk … Continue reading

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Big Butterfly Count – wildflower meadow

This afternoon we walked across to our nearby wildflower meadow which was planted by our local farmer a couple of years ago. The area is mainly Ox-eye daisies that are now going over, knapweed, thistles, yarrow, St John’s wort, ragwort … Continue reading

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Guided butterfly walk

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to help out on one of Richard Lewington’s guided butterfly walks. Richard is not only fantastic at spotting and identifying butterflies but illustrating them as well. Check out his website http://www.richardlewington.co.uk/ … Continue reading

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If you go down to the woods today – June 2018

Day 19 of 30 Days Wild was a walk around the woods. I write a 50 word account about my local woods each month for our Parish website If you go down to the woods today two plants are very … Continue reading

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Day 10 of 30 days Wild – learning about badger setts

This morning I was involved with my local badger group Oxon badger group to help teach people about how to recognise a badger sett and other signs. We were very kindly allowed to use Wytham woods near Oxford for the training. During … Continue reading

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