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You lot sound like you’ve been out spotting all sorts of wildlife. Never mind that you only saw blackbirds and a magpie Chaffuea, keep trying, sometimes it takes a lot of looking and waiting to spot birds.

Maybe you could have a go at making your own bird hide and putting it near a bird feeder in your garden. There’s a great activity sheet to help you in the ‘downloads’ section of the website. I once had a go at it but I got in a muddle, it’s a bit too tricky for badgers. Now I just roll in sticky mud, then in some leaves to make a clever disguise. I look just like a pile of leaves and the birds can’t see me, it is like being invisible!

Last week it went a bit wrong though, I was all disguised when a hedgehog decided I would be a good place to hibernate. It tried to wriggle underneath me. All those spines poking in my tummy! Ouch! Maybe it was the same one that you saw Swiftafa, looking for a last minute hibernating spot? I’m sure it will be curled up somewhere safe now. Speaking of which, I think I’ll curl up too, I’m starting to feel very sleepy…..yawn…..zzzzzz…..

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It is cold! Yesterday it was frosty here and the puddles all turned to ice. A rather bouncy hare suggested that I should try sliding on one so I gave it a go. I zoomed along! What fun!

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Something weird happened to me the other day. I came across a strange ball in the grass at the edge of the path. At first I thought it was a tennis ball and I thought, ‘yippee I’ve always wanted to play tennis’, but when I gave it a nudge with my snout some smoke came out of it! I was very surprised. Was it on fire? I looked closely but there weren’t any flames and it didn’t feel hot. How mysterious! I nudged it again and sure enough, more smoke!

I took this photo and decided to ask my friends at Wildlife Watch what it was. Anyway, it turns out that it is a type of fungi called a puffball, not a tennis ball at all! The smoke is actually hundreds of spores flying out into the air. Spores are a bit like seeds that the puffball sends out so that new puffballs can grow nearby.

I also found out that you can’t play tennis with a puffball which was a little bit disappointing, but what an amazing thing to find!

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Well, its Halloween tomorrow and I wonder if any of you will come trick or treating outside my sett? I’m afraid that I’ve only got a few slightly chewed hazelnuts and a squashed blackberry to give away though. I don’t think you’ll find them very tasty, but the squirrels might like them.

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Puddles and mud are great!! I’ve been splashing about all week, getting thoroughly wet and leaving trails of paw prints in the mud wherever I go, they make a great pattern! I tried to hop to see what sort of pattern that would make but I don’t think badgers are very good at hopping. Instead of hopping, I sort of flew and landed head first in the mud. Splat! Ouch! I’m sticking to walking on all four legs from now on.

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comments

  • 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.

  • 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!