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*STRETCH*

Crikey - that was a long nap, wasn't it? What have I missed? Ooh, I know. Autumnwatch has started! Yay! And it's inspired me to take a closer look at spiders. Their webs are so cleverly made. Watch the garden spider in this video as it weaves silky threads together in a spiral shape.

You've all been spotting cool autumn wildlife like foxes and badgers, and planting conkers! Autumnwatch told us about how horse chestnut trees are struggling at the moment, so nurturing some little saplings of our own could really help! I think I might go and snuffle out some conkers too...

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Hello everyone. Brrrrrr - it's getting a bit cold and wet isn't it? Good job I've got a nice furry coat and a warm sett to sleep in. My paws are getting all muddy and dirty snuffling around in the hedgerows and woods but I do like the autumn as there is lots of yummy fruit to eat that has fallen from the trees.

We badgers eat all sorts and I especially like apples - humans seem to leave so many of them lying around on the floor - still I'm not complaining, more food for me! Soon hungry birds like fieldfares and thrushes will be arriving from Europe with empty stomachs and they'll start eating them too so I'd better fill up now while I can (but I don't mind sharing really)!

(Yawn) I'm starting to feel a bit tired with all this cold weather so I think I'm going to go and have a nap and warm up a bit.

Bye Ottero, Voleyi, Swiftafa, Cloakea and everyone else - see you soon. Happy autumn nature detecting Wildlife Watchers!

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Ooh - lots of newbies have joined in on my blog! Hello Gadwallegra, Marshexus, Fieldina, Larkela and Fernatus.

I've been thinking about snails and slugs today. I was out and about, snuffling around for tasty morsels in the leaf litter, when I came across the biggest, juiciest slug you've ever seen.

I was about to gobble it down when I noticed how interesting it looked when I got closer to it. It was long and black - very ordinary you might think - but on closer inspection I could see lots of groves and patterns along its back and little openings near its head.

It got me thinking - what are the differences between slugs and snails? Is a snail a snail because it has a shell and a slug a slug because it doesn't? I'm going to ask Beebee next time I see her. She'll know the answer!

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This is AWESOME! Check out my certificate everyone. Thank you, Swiftafa!

And welcome to the wild bunch Wallabu and Swanita - I'm sure you'll fit right in here! We love to hear about your wildlife posters and badger questions. I do go into town sometimes, Wallabu, but I don't like traffic very much so I tend to stick to the quieter bits. Lorries are scary!

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I've been out and about picking blackberries too - they're really yummy! We badgers like a bit of something sweet every now and again, although I'm not so sure about the prickles. My sensitive nose gets quite a scratching!

Next time you go foraging, why not leave the spares out in the garden for a hungry badger to find? I don't even mind if they're squishy and grubby - any insects living on them is a bonus for me!

Wrenicca - lots of badgers are out and about at the moment so keep an eye out as it starts to get dark. We are busy making the most of the last of the summer foods while it's still warm and light, and lots of this year's youngsters are starting to roam about.

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comments

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-02-20 14:21:17
    • Swiftafa

    hi , who`s seen first signs of spring? i have seen lots of snowdrops in our church grounds and in gardens near my home . Chaffuea, try looking in gardens for snowdrops or in your local park. theres a lot around so happy spotting. you dont need to live near snow. i`ve seen purple and orange crocuses in gardens and grape hyacinth too. we have daisies and lesser celandines on the lawns of our flats. i saw my first honey bee last sunday at sandwell park farm and on tuesday i saw a poor bumble bee almost dead in a street nearby. birdsong is changing too especially the robin. yipeeee! spring is a comin! Cloakilus try going out at dusk to see badgers find a place to hide , wrap up warm and wait! take someone with you. be patient --you may be lucky. best places are woodland as well as some gardens. let me know if you see one cos i havent seen one in the wild yet

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-18 14:17:32
    • Chaffuea

    I can't seem to find any snow drops anywhere and I don't live near snow.

  • Collaragri
    • Date: 2014-02-15 19:52:13
    • Collaragri

    I have found some snowdrops in my back garden and i put them in my wildlife watchers handbook.

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-02-15 19:30:59
    • Duckulla

    Snow drops are popping up all over the place at our house too.

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-14 17:23:04
    • Chaffuea

    I've never actually seen a Kingfisher in real life! I wish I was there with you!

  • Magwing
    • Date: 2014-02-12 18:59:01
    • Magwing

    i love badgers blog its soooooooooooo intresting

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:33:06
    • Chaffuea

    This is kind of about wildlife but it's not totally about wildlife! Basically, today we had a letter (which people could choose whether they could have one or not) and as soon as they mentioned wildlife I was extremely interested but I could see by other peoples faces that they weren't interested. (The letter was about this Forest Ranger Competition at Alice Holt.) As I've told you nobody was much interested except me but as soon as the teacher explained that the prize would be a £100 voucher for go ape adventure and a two night stay on one of 15 Camping in the forest sites almost everybody wanted it. I know this sounds silly but they did only want it because of the prize, but luckily I wanted it because it was about wildlife but I've got to admit I was attracted by the prize to be honest!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:24:14
    • Chaffuea

    Hi, today when I was at school my teacher (whilst during maths) thought she saw a Woodpecker but it was actually a Jay on our school field! Then she said that you do find quite a few funny birds coming onto our field!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:13:22
    • Chaffuea

    Yesterday, when I was walking to school with my friend, she saw a small green frog on the pavement and my friends mum said it was probably coming to nest in a pond near by!

  • Cloakilus
    • Date: 2014-01-26 17:30:37
    • Cloakilus

    I really want to see a badger. Where is the best place to spot one and what time too?