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Things to do this Season

 

This year why not start a Wildlife and Nature Diary

 

Spring is a Season of New Life and Growth, trees and plants are slowly waking up.

The dainty Snowdrop is a welcome sight and marks the first of the spring flowering bulbs.

This year why not begin a Wildlife and Nature Diary and record the signs of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter as they appear as well as anything interesting or unusual that you might see.

Don’t just limit your observations to the garden keep looking and listening for things perhaps if you go out for the day, during a visit to the park, whilst on holiday or even going to school, I am sure that you will find something.

You could also start a scrap book or get a box where you can put any interesting objects i.e. shells, feathers, fossils, rocks, leaves or seeds. 

Why not put a Wildlife Camera in your garden, they can be installed in Bird Boxes and Nest Boxes and would mean that you are able to watch a bird’s life from nest building, egg laying, the eggs hatching, feeding of the young birds and then fledging and all within the comfort of your home. These small cameras are not just limited to Bird Boxes and Bird Tables you could also put them in Hedgehog HousesBat Boxes and Insect Houses.
 
Bug Board is great new way to view insects, small mammals and reptiles. Place in woodland or a wild area of your garden and once sited the Bug Board will provide a microhabitat underneath, after 2 weeks it may be possible to inspect and view some interesting creatures, leave it another 8 weeks and any inhabitants will be well established.
 
Here are some Spring signs that you can look out for:
  • Frogs arriving in the pond and croaking
  • The first frogspawn
  • Birds singing and pairing up
  • Birds carrying nesting materials and building nests
  • Lambs
  • Spring Flowers - Snowdrops, Crocus, Lesser Celandines, Primroses, Hazel Catkins, Pussy Willow
If you spot anything write down where you saw it and the date as well, then you can compare it with next years diary.
 
If you are interested in the weather have look at our School Zone for ideas for a Weather Diary.

 

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