Local Wildlife iDots

Create a bird box for your garden

The bird nesting season begins on the 1st March through until the end of July. However, you may start to see your garden birds beginning to gather nesting materials a little earlier.
By creating a bird box and placing it in your garden, you’ll be making a new home for at least one of your local birds.

For a great guide, visit the National Trust website and follow their steps to the perfect nest box, here. If you want to attract a specific species, for example, a blue tit or a black bird, see the image above for the perfect sized entrance hole.

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Crush tin cans before recycling

The Wildlife Aid Foundation see so many animals, each year, that have become trapped in litter, such as tin cans. This type of discarded litter has sharp edges and can cause nasty injuries to wildlife whilst they’re out on the hunt for food.

Be sure to crush your tins and containers before recyling them properly. You could help save your local wildlife!

Visit the link below to watch Simon rescue a fox cub that has become trapped inside a tin can! https://studio.youtube.com/video/IF-Vg4PVJ6Y/edit/basic

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Get to know our British wildlife

Many of us have no idea of the wildlife that live alongside us, here in the UK. We have an abundance of mammals, insect and birds that call this place home.

Did you know that there are a staggering 27,000 different species of insect in the UK! Want to learn more?

Why not download our mammal quiz, along with many others from our FREE resources page – here!

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Listen out for owls at dawn and dusk

Step out in to the garden tonight, just as the sun sets. If you sit quietly, you may be able to hear the sound of owls calling.

Being able to identify different animal calls is a great way to learn about the wildlife in your local area.

Try to record the sounds you hear and once inside, see if you can match any of them with the audio clip below – this one’s a tawny owl.
You’ll need to be patient!

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Watch out for badger cubs appearing above ground in April

Badgers begin their birthing season in February and spend the first month exploring the underground tunnels of their sett. Although still very young, badger cubs will start to make their first appearances above ground around April time. Keep an eye out for our black and white striped friends whilst out on a woodland walk – but remember to keep your distance, as mum won’t be far away, foraging for food!

Here are a few handy tips to help you identify a badger sett:

– Badger holes are 20-30cm in diameter, wider than they are tall and shaped like a ‘D’ on its side.

– A network of broad paths often leads to badger setts. Fresh bedding may be found outside holes, especially in winter, and old bedding can be seen in spoil heaps.

– Coarse black and white hairs can be found in freshly dug soil or roots.

Don’t forget to stay as quiet as possible.

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