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Hi nature spotters. This week I’ve been watching bumblebees as they buzz about in the warm spring sunshine. Have you spotted any? I’ve seen lots and I’ve noticed that they are not all the same. I’ve seen some with red bottoms and some with white bottoms. I asked my friends at Wildlife Watch about this and I’ve discovered that there are lots of different types of bumblebee. In fact there are about 24 different species in the UK, although some of these are quite rare.

Guess what else I found out? Bumblebees have smelly feet! Yes really they do! Whenever they land on a flower their feet leave a bit of a whiff behind so that other bumblebees know that flower has been pollinated and don’t waste their energy looking for pollen in it. Amazing eh?! It’s a good job they don’t wear trainers though. Phew! That would be stinky!

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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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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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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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