Tag Archives: Local patch

30 Days Wild – Day 5 – badger identification

Over the past few weeks of dry weather, we have had quite a few visitors to the garden pond. First, a female badger turned up and regularly came 5 or 6 times a night to drink. She is lactating so … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Day 4 – Little things

Sometimes it’s good to spend time noticing the little things. The intricate lives of insects and beetles. During a short walk from my house I took photos of a nettle weevil, aphids, ants and raindrops.

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Garden Wildlife – Part 15 Red kites

We have a number of Red kites on my local patch but when the fields are being ploughed like they have been over the past few days lots of red kites come in from miles around. Today, like yesterday we’ve … Continue reading

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Garden Wildlife – Part 14 The swallows are back.

The swallows are back on my local patch, one day later than last year. 2020 I first saw the swallows back on 20th April 2019 I spotted the first one to return on 19th April The ones I’ve seen are … Continue reading

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Garden Wildlife – Part 13 Kestrels

From my garden I can often see kestrels hovering. Not over the garden but in the next-door field. The field has a very wild field margin and a wildflower meadow at the bottom. Great hunting grounds for birds of prey. … Continue reading

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Barn Owl Pellets

My mum was out walking the dogs the other evening when a Barn Owl flew over her head. She noted where it landed and came home to tell me. The next day we went out and searched around the bottom … Continue reading

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Autumn Thrushes

While stood at the window watching the Great tits and Sparrows squabbling over the bird feeders and the Jackdaws swinging acrobatically upside down trying to peck away at the fat balls, I noticed high in the sky an unruly flock … Continue reading

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Autumn Colours at Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods near Oxford is well know for its studies in to Badgers and Blue tits. It is the home to the University of Oxford’s The Laboratory with Leaves Anyone can visit as long as you apply for one of Wytham … Continue reading

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Wild Flower Meadow

This week saw the first National Meadows Day. Lots of events to celebrate our wildflower meadows went on around the country, but I decided to visit the one local to me. Over 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost since … Continue reading

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Day 3 – 30 Days Wild, Lesser Stag beetle

While revising for English Language GCSE in the garden today I spotted this Lesser Stag Beetle resting on the wall in the sun. Its jaws were covered in cobwebs and fluff so I gently cleaned off as much as I … Continue reading

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