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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?
Have you seen the starfish pledge? www.wildlifewatch.org.uk I’m colouring my starfish in this morning. It’s going to be black and white all over, just like me. I might even try to make it look furry. I don’t think that there are actually any badger starfish out there in the sea, but that doesn’t matter. I just want to do my bit to help marine wildlife.
At the weekend I went to my local Wildlife Watch group meeting which was just brilliant. We did a mini bio-blitz. I’d never heard of one of those before but I soon found out all about it. We had to find as much wildlife as we could in two hours. The meeting took place in a park and we recorded everything we found there, from birds to minibeasts, flowers to trees, we even spotted different types of lichen. I took my binoculars with me and managed to spot ten different species of bird, then I had a go at spotting minibeasts by snuffling around in the grass.
In total we spotted almost 100 different things! It is amazing how much you can find when you look closely. From now on I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for wildlife wherever I go, I don’t want to miss another thing!
Yesterday, whilst I was busy watering my mini wildflower meadow, a couple of rabbits hopped by. They looked longingly at the lovely green shoots of the meadow plants but I told them they must take their nibbling teeth elsewhere – these plants will grow into flowers for the butterflies and bees, they’re not for the rabbits! Luckily I managed to find them an old carrot that was lingering under my bed, and they seemed happy to eat that instead. As they munched they told me that if I wanted to see some amazing flowers I should take a trip over to the other side of the wood because their Dad had seem some orchids there last year.
Orchids! I’ve never seen orchids. I just had to go!
It’s a long way to the other side of the wood so I packed up some worm-paste sandwiches, a few wild strawberries and a bottle of stream water in my rucksack. I grabbed my wildflower id book and a compass, in case I got lost, and I set off.
By the time I got there my poor legs were aching but it was worth it because sure enough, I found the orchids. There were about twenty of them in total, standing tall and upright with dark pink flowers. Looking closely I saw that the leaves had dark spots on them, so I’m certain that they were Early Purple orchids. They were amazing, I’ve never seen a sight like that before. I sat amongst them and munched on my sandwiches in the sunshine. It was a perfect day. Have you seen any orchids, or been on any wild expeditions in the woods yet this year? Let me know if you spot anything amazing.
This week I’ve been having a go at the new Wildlife Watch Wordsearches. Have you seen them? They’re in the ‘downloads’ section of the website. I’ve managed to find all the birds of prey but I’m still looking for some of the trees - I can’t find Silver Birch or Lime. I’m sure they must be in there somewhere, I’ll keep looking.
Once I’ve finished the Wordsearch I’m going to go out into the wood to see if I can find all the trees mentioned in it. The trees are looking really magnificent here at the moment with their new bright green leaves. The Horse Chestnut trees look especially good because their candle-like flower spikes are coming out into bloom. It makes these trees really easy to spot at the moment. In fact I’m trying to remember where all the Horse Chestnut trees are so that I can go back in the autumn to collect some of their beautiful shiny conkers. I love conkers! Anyway, I must get back to this Wordsearch, perhaps I’ll try looking at it upside down, that might help…..
Don't panic, it takes ages for the frogspawn to change into frogs. When the weather gets warmer look out for tadpoles where the frogspawn is. I've seen lots of newts in my pond recently but their eggs are more hidden away than frogspawn.
A couple of months ago we had about MILLIONS (exaggerating) of frogspawn! But now unfortunately we have only seen round about two actual frogs and a toad that my dad tried to convince that the pond is a good place. It's been a bit dull after that, until I was only round about 2 metres away from a robin with about 3 worms in it's mouth!
I've got 2 goldfish called Dot and Dash. They are so cute! I love pets, Whiskolis xxx
i have some frogspawn in my pond aswell!
I've not got a pet
My mum's just told me that she might not be able to get any frogs born now but she will try but it is such a disappointment.
My mum said a few days ago, well ages ago so now I'm not so sure, that we are going to get some frogs born in our pond but it doesn't seem like she's got round to doing it so I don't think that we will get any but it was worth mentioning. Also my dad says that we might be allowed a vegetable patch in our garden but we haven't got round to doing that either.
I've had some quite nice whether here and I'm happy to say it's improving my plants health.
I love wild flowers and im going to try and make my own mini meadow outside my window
I do hope you get some dry wether soon. My wether has been just the same i'm afraid.