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I’m at the beach on my holiday and I’ve been making a shell collection. I have found all sorts so far including razor clam shells, mussel shells and some which I think are called banded wedge shells (they are my favourite so far). Today I’m going to go rockpooling. I’ve got a bucket and a net. I wonder what creatures I’ll find? Maybe an enormous crab!

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Great news! I’m going to the seaside for my holiday again this year. I’ve started packing already. I’m taking my binoculars to spot birds - I’d really like to see some puffins - and I’m taking my bucket for rockpooling and sandcastles. Whilst I’m there I might even get to go on a boat trip to see if I can spot any whales or dolphins. That would be totally awesome! Have you ever seen a whale or a dolphin?

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I went out bird watching yesterday and had an amazing day. I took my binoculars so I could get a better look at the birds, and they came in really handy. First I saw a Mistle Thrush sitting right at the top of a tall old ash tree and then I heard a Willow Warbler singing. By using my binoculars I managed to spot it sitting on the branch of an oak tree, almost hidden amongst the leaves.

Best of all, on my way back I saw a Sparrowhawk. It flew right across the path in front of me. It was only a few metres away so I didn’t need any binoculars to spot it! It swooped and dived between the trees so fast that I wondered how it didn’t hit a tree trunk. What a fantastic bird. One of my favourites.

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I’ve been out spotting bats this week; summer evenings are a great time to watch them flitting about catching insects. I think they must be pipistrelle bats but I'm not sure because they move so fast. I am always amazed that they can fly so fast using only echolocation to guide them. ‘Echolocation’ is a big word isn’t it? I learned it last year, I think it’s the longest word I know! What it means is that the bats use sound to find their way around instead of using sight because they can’t see very well. It seems impossible, but they can make a sound and listen for the echo as it bounces off objects nearby. By listening to the echoes they can tell where nearby objects are and avoid them.

I’ve had a go at echolocation because my eyes are not that great, but I just can’t get the hang of it. I scratched myself on a bramble and tripped over a rock. I’ll stick to snuffling.

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I’ve been back to the pond today to check on the tadpoles. At first I thought they had all gone because I couldn’t find anything: no tadpoles and no frogs. What a disappointment. But then I thought back to the bio blitz which I took part in, and I remembered that sometimes you have to look really closely to find things. So I peered under rocks and snuffled around in the plants at the edge of the pond, and guess what? I found them! Frogs! They were hard to find because they were really small, not much bigger than a buttercup, and they were well camouflaged amongst all vegetation. I spotted seven of them in total. It was amazing! Have you spotted any frogs yet?

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comments

  • Waterogra
    • Date: 2014-01-16 18:44:30
    • Waterogra

    i went on a walk at christmas and a RED squirrel ran across my dog's foot. also i saw a wild stag inthe forest!

  • Whiskolis
    • Date: 2014-01-04 08:21:20
    • Whiskolis

    Hi all, I really want to go to richmond park in London to see deer and parakeets. Yes, the things that you least expected to find in London are in an urban park! If I see a deer then I won't have to go to Scotland to look for one and parakeets, well, they're just parakeets! I also want to see a London bird of prey, either Sparrow hawk or Perrigen falcon. I saw a Perrigen falcon on deadly 360 a few years ago, so that made me want to see one! London wildlife, you think, may be just the old pigeon but NO! And NOT exotic african animals that have escaped from London zoo. Birds of prey, fresh water fish, deer, exotic parrots and much, much more. Even BATS! Yes, BATS! No, I'm not joking about any of this! So you may want to come to London and stare at tigers in a zoo enclosure. But there's a deeper significance to the wildlife in London, you just have to look..... Whiskolis

  • Whiskolis
    • Date: 2014-01-03 17:00:49
    • Whiskolis

    Hi, A few days ago me and my family went on a country walk. I'm surprised we didn't spot more Wildlife! We only spotted a (yet another) Grey Squirrel. My sister saw a millipede but only she saw it, because when the rest of us had turned around it was gone. She's only 6, so I can see why she's proud of it. I said millipedes were really rare. Whiskolis xxx

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-01-02 16:31:12
    • Swiftafa

    hi all . last night a hedgehog was snuffling on the lawn looking for food . it wasnt a full size animal and should have been hibernating. i gave him some cat food and watched him eat it just outside the window. when i looked again the cat food was gone and so had he . has anyone else seen hedgehogs in their garden?

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2013-12-31 18:44:45
    • Ottero

    Hi everyone, a few days ago we went on a walk around some lakes and along a canal. We saw some great crested grebes in their winter plumage and some goldeneyes. I went on this walk at the same time last year and saw a goldeneye too but this year I saw two. There were lots of tufted ducks as well. It was really good!!

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2013-12-31 18:44:18
    • Ottero

    Hi everyone, a few days ago we went on a walk around some lakes and along a canal. We saw some great crested grebes in their winter plumage and some goldeneyes. I went on this walk at the same time last year and saw a goldeneye too but this year I saw two. There were lots of tufted ducks as well. It was really good!!

  • Woodora
    • Date: 2013-12-30 07:29:12
    • Woodora

    the badgers blog is so funny

  • Woodora
    • Date: 2013-12-30 07:28:32
    • Woodora

    the badgers blog is so funny

  • Woodora
    • Date: 2013-12-30 07:28:22
    • Woodora

    the badgers blog is so funny

  • Woodora
    • Date: 2013-12-29 20:36:35
    • Woodora

    the badgers blog is so cool!