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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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Badger's Blog

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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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Badger's Blog

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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: 2014-03-05 14:39:33
    • Duckulla

    I love kingfishers but i have only seen one once.

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-03-05 14:37:19
    • Duckulla

    I love kingfishers but i have only seen one once.

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-03-03 17:38:59
    • Chaffuea

    sounds very interesting Magoma! I've never seen a Golden eye before maybe I'll look on Google and find some things out about it! It sounds rare but it probably isn't if there are lots of them.

  • Magoma
    • Date: 2014-03-02 17:45:22
    • Magoma

    we have golden-eyes everywhere at Stanley park, blackpool

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-27 18:05:49
    • Chaffuea

    I've seen lots of birds in Farnham Park as well Loonaga. Also what type of birds did you see? I'm just wandering because it would be exciting if it was some kind of rare bird wouldn't it!

  • Loonaga
    • Date: 2014-02-25 18:48:57
    • Loonaga

    I saw lots of birds in the park

  • Loonaga
    • Date: 2014-02-25 18:47:12
    • Loonaga

    I saw lots of birds in the park

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-22 17:23:49
    • Chaffuea

    Well I don't know whether these are spring flowers but I've seen a few daffodils around my house Swiftafa. Well also I went into town through Farnham Park and I wasn't on the look out or anything and I probably missed some but I didn't find any. Maybe next time I go into town I'll be looking for them and I might see some. Thanks for the advice Swiftafa.

  • 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.