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Wow! I have to tell you this. I’ve seen a water vole! I was just ambling along the riverbank in the sunshine snacking on a rather juicy earthworm when I heard a ‘plop’ in the water. I looked across and there he was, in the river, swimming along without a care in the world. I was just about to call out hello to him when he dived down into the water and disappeared. It is unusual to see a water vole here, in fact I’ve never seen one before. I wonder whether he’ll come back. I’d love to see him again.

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It feels like everything is going green this week. The hawthorn and the elder bushes in the hedges are bursting into leaf, and I’ve noticed that even a few of the trees are starting to show a bit of green. It has been a good week for listening to birdsong too; like Swiftafa I have been listening to a chiffchaff. I also heard a song thrush, I think it might be nesting somewhere near my sett. My favourite of all though is definitely the skylark, tweeting away so high up in the sky. What a beautiful song. I wish I could sing like that, maybe I'll ask him for some lessons.

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My poor snout has suffered another injury. I must learn to be a bit more careful. It was all because of the blackbirds really, digging up worms from the short grass. They are amazingly good at it, just a couple of pecks and, hey presto, there’s a worm in their beak.

Now you must realise that I love a juicy worm for breakfast, and I also like to try new things, so it was hard to resist having a peck at the ground. Well, the first peck produced nothing so I tried again, still nothing. Maybe, I needed to peck a little harder….

Unfortunately that was a bad idea. Ouch!

This experience has taught me that snouts are perfect for snuffling, but no good for pecking: they are too soft and round, and they bruise easily. Whacking your snout into the ground is also a very painful experience.

The next time I decide to try something silly like this, please remind me that I am a badger not a bird!

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Well I’ve just dipped my nose in the pond and guess what I spotted? Frogspawn! A big jelly clump of it! No tadpoles yet though that I could see. Next I’m going to search for some toadspawn. It’s different to frogspawn apparently because it appears in long strings rather than a clump. Have you spotted any frog or toad spawn yet? Let me know if you do, or if you see any tadpoles, I’d love to hear about it.

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Brilliant! I’ve just seen that Wildlife Watch is giving away free wildflower seeds to grow into a mini meadow. Apparently they are great for butterflies as well as lots of other insects too. I love butterflies, so I’m going to plant some outside my sett and see how many different species of butterfly I can spot this summer. I might even make a nature diary about it for my Kestrel award. I think I’ll get started right away. Now where did I put my trowel……

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comments

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-04-15 17:20:27
    • Duckulla

    I love wild flowers and im going to try and make my own mini meadow outside my window

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-04-06 12:53:47
    • Duckulla

    I do hope you get some dry wether soon. My wether has been just the same i'm afraid.

  • Butterulos
    • Date: 2014-04-02 18:08:41
    • Butterulos

    I think Badgers Blog is Fantastic.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-04-02 10:03:18
    • Swiftafa

    hi , yesterday there were 2 hedgehogs in the garden . one was there in the morning and the other one came in tha afternoon. they were young ones and they were snuffling around looking for insects etc. . i took a photo of them together. they are so lovely. just found an exciting project on the wildle watch website called Project Wild Thing and signed up . have a look at the project . also saw my first peacock butterfly yesterday too .

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-27 10:22:09
    • Swiftafa

    hey , had a great time last saturday at moseley bog and joy`s wood reserve near birmingham as the wildlife trust had a celebration of spring event on there. we went on a walk with a guide and saw lots of plants not seen before and i heard my first chiffchaff. the reserve is ancient and goes back before the dinos were around and i was given a stone from the triassic area which was once used by the bronze age people in heating up water for a bronze age sauna! the stone had cracks in it due to the heat and was told i may have been the first person to pick it up since the bronze age people had it! nice thought . when i got home i cleaned it up and put it in my fossil box. moseley bog is well worth a visit for wildlife and archaeology. joy`s wood got its name from a person called joy fifer who campaigned to save the area. i`ve seen lots of bees , bumble bees , 2 butterflies, lots of wild flowers and buds on trees over the last few weeks . cant wait for springwatch to come back on telly!

  • Razorelus
    • Date: 2014-03-12 16:41:23
    • Razorelus

    I like hedgehogs but i have never seen one. I would like to a see a paricon falcon. Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when your part of the team. Everything is Awesome when we live in our dream. Everything is better when we sticktogether. Side by side you and I gonna win for ever. Whet's party for ever.

  • Razorelus
    • Date: 2014-03-12 16:31:09
    • Razorelus

    Hi folks I,m a cowboy

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-11 10:34:51
    • Swiftafa

    hi Chaffuea. just read your message and glad i was of help . yes, daffodils are spring flowers and theres loads of them around now . my cowslips are in bud outside and should be out soon . i`ve now seen lesser celandine on the grass, wallflowers, 2 butteflies--one was a brimstone, several bees and flies and a ladybird who flew in throuigh the window. not seen frogspawn yet. roll on Springwatch--cant wait for it to come back on tv! you could get I-SPY Wildflowers book and that has lots of flowers to spot. i use my books when spotting--over 50 to choose from on all subjects . cheers .

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-03-11 10:33:58
    • Swiftafa

    hi Chaffuea. just read your message and glad i was of help . yes, daffodils are spring flowers and theres loads of them around now . my cowslips are in bud outside and should be out soon . i`ve now seen lesser celandine on the grass, wallflowers, 2 butteflies--one was a brimstone, several bees and flies and a ladybird who flew in throuigh the window. not seen frogspawn yet. roll on Springwatch--cant wait for it to come back on tv! you could get I-SPY Wildflowers book and that has lots of flowers to spot. i use my books when spotting--over 50 to choose from on all subjects . cheers .

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-03-05 14:39:33
    • Duckulla

    I love kingfishers but i have only seen one once.