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I’ve been out spotting bats this week; summer evenings are a great time to watch them flitting about catching insects. I think they must be pipistrelle bats but I'm not sure because they move so fast. I am always amazed that they can fly so fast using only echolocation to guide them. ‘Echolocation’ is a big word isn’t it? I learned it last year, I think it’s the longest word I know! What it means is that the bats use sound to find their way around instead of using sight because they can’t see very well. It seems impossible, but they can make a sound and listen for the echo as it bounces off objects nearby. By listening to the echoes they can tell where nearby objects are and avoid them.

I’ve had a go at echolocation because my eyes are not that great, but I just can’t get the hang of it. I scratched myself on a bramble and tripped over a rock. I’ll stick to snuffling.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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    • Date: 2013-12-30 07:28:22
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