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Day 8 of 30 Days Wild – Visit a nature reserve

Your local nature reserve is a great place to relax and watch wildlife.  Each nature reserve usually has its own specialist species. We visited Strumpshaw Fen which is well known for the Swallowtail butterfly. Strumpshaw Fen is located near Norwich, … Continue reading

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Appleton Wildlife Diary is 5 years old today

When I started Appleton Wildlife Diary 5 years ago I never imagined that I would still be writing it 5 years later. Over the past 5 years I have had some amazing wildlife encounters, met some inspirational people and been … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Day 4 – Watching A Spider Catch Its Prey

Labyrinth Spider catching its prey When watching wildlife I unfortunately often tend to overlook the tiny things like this Labyrinth Spider. Labyrinth Spiders (Agelena labyrinthica) can grow up to 18mm long and can be found in the months of June … Continue reading

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Badger watching at Wytham Woods.

Oxfordshire Mammal Group runs various educational events throughout the year. Yesterday was an afternoon of looking and learning about signs of Badgers, followed by an evening of Badger watching in Wytham Woods. Wytham Woods is located just outside Oxford and owned … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood mammals

Back to school this week so I’ve not been able to get out much with my camera. I heard a rustling amongst the dead leaves, expecting it to be a blackbird searching for food, I was surprised to see a … Continue reading

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A badger and a fox

It is not often that I get both a badger and a fox together, mostly they will avoid each other and the fox will only appear once the badgers have left for the fields. During the day I often find … Continue reading

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Owls and Arrow the Badger

Over the weekend I heard that a Short-eared owl had been seen on my local patch so early evening on Saturday I went to see if I could find it. The field where it had been spotted is perfect for … Continue reading

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A Barn owl and Storm Doris

Last week I noticed a Barn Owl hunting up and down my neighbours garden. It has been a year or so since we’ve had a Barn owl so close to the house, although the Tawny owls often sit in the … Continue reading

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Nearby rookery

The trees opposite my house have Rooks in them all year around. They are used as a roost during the winter by a small number of Rooks, who share the copse with the Red Kites and Jackdaws. It is not … Continue reading

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Guest blog for Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch is the junior club of The Wildlife Trust. The Wildlife Trust are great at encouraging kids to getting in to nature with workshops, a magazine, events and recently their Every Child Wild campaign. Wildlife Watch recently asked me … Continue reading

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