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I haven't seen any redwings or fieldfares yet, although I keep looking. Lots of lovely geese are flying over my sett in formation at the moment though. They spell out giant letters in the sky.

Hee hee - did anybody see Mrs Bitey nibble on Chris Packham's fingers last night? Naughty polecat! We badgers have much better manners than that (unless you wake us up, or poke us, or tease us about our smell).

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*STRETCH*

Crikey - that was a long nap, wasn't it? What have I missed? Ooh, I know. Autumnwatch has started! Yay! And it's inspired me to take a closer look at spiders. Their webs are so cleverly made. Watch the garden spider in this video as it weaves silky threads together in a spiral shape.

You've all been spotting cool autumn wildlife like foxes and badgers, and planting conkers! Autumnwatch told us about how horse chestnut trees are struggling at the moment, so nurturing some little saplings of our own could really help! I think I might go and snuffle out some conkers too...

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Hello everyone. Brrrrrr - it's getting a bit cold and wet isn't it? Good job I've got a nice furry coat and a warm sett to sleep in. My paws are getting all muddy and dirty snuffling around in the hedgerows and woods but I do like the autumn as there is lots of yummy fruit to eat that has fallen from the trees.

We badgers eat all sorts and I especially like apples - humans seem to leave so many of them lying around on the floor - still I'm not complaining, more food for me! Soon hungry birds like fieldfares and thrushes will be arriving from Europe with empty stomachs and they'll start eating them too so I'd better fill up now while I can (but I don't mind sharing really)!

(Yawn) I'm starting to feel a bit tired with all this cold weather so I think I'm going to go and have a nap and warm up a bit.

Bye Ottero, Voleyi, Swiftafa, Cloakea and everyone else - see you soon. Happy autumn nature detecting Wildlife Watchers!

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Ooh - lots of newbies have joined in on my blog! Hello Gadwallegra, Marshexus, Fieldina, Larkela and Fernatus.

I've been thinking about snails and slugs today. I was out and about, snuffling around for tasty morsels in the leaf litter, when I came across the biggest, juiciest slug you've ever seen.

I was about to gobble it down when I noticed how interesting it looked when I got closer to it. It was long and black - very ordinary you might think - but on closer inspection I could see lots of groves and patterns along its back and little openings near its head.

It got me thinking - what are the differences between slugs and snails? Is a snail a snail because it has a shell and a slug a slug because it doesn't? I'm going to ask Beebee next time I see her. She'll know the answer!

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This is AWESOME! Check out my certificate everyone. Thank you, Swiftafa!

And welcome to the wild bunch Wallabu and Swanita - I'm sure you'll fit right in here! We love to hear about your wildlife posters and badger questions. I do go into town sometimes, Wallabu, but I don't like traffic very much so I tend to stick to the quieter bits. Lorries are scary!

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comments

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:27
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:26
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:25
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:23
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Cootagra
    • Date: 2013-12-04 12:15:17
    • Cootagra

    i love wildlife watch

  • Whinchaca
    • Date: 2013-11-30 14:02:51
    • Whinchaca

    there are lots of cool things i didnt know, thanks to wildlife watch i have learned more than i thought.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2013-11-25 14:13:28
    • Swiftafa

    hi , just had 2 great trips back home to wales . first was on sunday nov 17 when i went to RSPB Conway with sutton coldfield rspb group. early start at 7am and got there about 10.15am . we had a great day , saw lots of waterfowl and waders including the elusive water rail . great view. weather was great too and i got some bara brith and welsh cakes from the cafe. two days later my friend and i were at lake Vyrnwy in mid wales and we had snow flurries , saw snow on the mountains and at lower ground too , i was a mutt---i left my camera at home so couldnt take any snowy pics! the sun was out , sky blue and it was so beaurtiful.. in the hide we saw lots of small birds on the feeders such as siskin , great,blue ,marsh and coal tits, chaffinches , robin, nuthatch, and saw pheasants on the ground too , we had lunch in the cafe and went to the rspb shop where i found enough snow for snowballs!. we went over the dam and saw 2 ravens and a redkite circling overhead. we drove round the lake as someone told us dippers had been seen but sadly we didnt see them. we had had a great day. i have seen a small hedgehog outside on the grass and was concerned about as it should have hibernated by now. and may not survuive the winter. however i havent seen it lately so maybe at last it has hibernated .. i did see a squashed hedgehog up the road on way to church on sunday morning so hope it wasnt that little one i had seen last week.. any one else seen any late hedgehogs?

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2013-11-24 12:55:33
    • Chaffuea

    I just went bird spotting for a few minutes but I didn't find much because it was really cold so I came in after a while and didn't get much done. I found 3 black birds, two flying together and one flying on it's own, and one magpie.

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2013-11-24 10:08:32
    • Chaffuea

    I'm going bird spotting today and I'm hoping to use the book that I've got on birds from wildlife watch! Wish me luck!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2013-11-17 15:12:01
    • Chaffuea

    Did you know that me and my family found these mushrooms in our garden and my brother keep saying that there are Smurfs living in the mushrooms but I don't believe that! I think that that is a very good imagination he has got though because I wouldn't of thought of Smurfs I would though of fairies wouldn't you?