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Reuse egg shells to plant seeds

I created little planters for my pepper seeds, using old egg shells and the egg box to hold them in.

It’s super easy and a great idea to do with the kids.

  1. Wash out the old egg shells
  2. Place them in the egg box
  3. Fill each one with compost (this can be from your garden or an old potted plant you have around the house)
  4. Make a small well in the centre of each one
  5. Place 1-2 seeds inside and cover back up with the soil
  6. Give them a little water
  7. Place on to your windowsill
  8. Now, watch them grow!
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Brave the Bad Weather if You’re Able

With Storms Ciara and Dennis battering most of the UK recently, many people have been staying inside to avoid the bad weather. But people often fail to remember that our wildlife is also suffering at times like this. You may argue that ‘they’re animals, they’re used to it’ but the truth is, wild animals natural habits have been so affected by human interference, that they often now heavily rely on human actions in order to survive. When people decide to stay inside an avoid the outside world, the actions they normally take that many creatures rely on are no longer carried out.

Ducks and swans at ponds aren’t fed by eager school children. Dens and burrows are flooded by excessive rain. Bird feeders and water bowls are left empty and uncleaned. Plants that insects rely on to survive are unprotected and can be destroyed. While many of these things can’t be helped because we simply can’t stop bad weather from happening, there are certainly things we can do to help.

If you have a local pond or lake that you know is normally visited regularly, but will remain empty when it’s raining, try being the one person that braves the storm and feeds them regardless. Don your warmest raincoat, put on your wellies, fill up a bag with nutritional goodies (not bread…) and head along to your local wild water source to feed the animals that reside there. The same goes for feeding wild birds. If you normally have a feeder that goes empty when the weather’s bad, brave the bad weather for a minute or two and refill your feeders to help out the local wildlife. Animals need the energy they get from food in order to make it through tough times, especially when it’s cold and wet.

Stay safe during this stormy weather, but be sure to think of nature too. If it’s easy and safe enough for you to make it outside, please consider the animals that will suffer during this weather too.

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Saving so many mice….from my cats :(

This mouse stands for all the many mice I saved and released or brought to the vet in the last 4 years.

I saved this little guy from my cats, who brought him home at 3am in the morning. Sadly he was injured, so I put my clothes on and drove him on an half an hour drive to the vet who is 24/7 open. They took good care of him.

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Save an underweight hedgehog in winter – if it’s below 600g

Make sure you keep an eye out for any underweight hedgehogs in your garden or surrounding areas, during winter (Approx Mid December – February).
Once the weather becomes cold enough, hedgehogs will begin to hibernate and any that are under 600g are unlikely to survive the duration.

As a rough guide, if you see a hedgehog out in the day, that’s smaller than two tennis balls placed side by side, it’s worth weighing it to check. If below 600g, please, give your local wildlife rescue a call for advice.

Tip: Be sure to use thick gloves or oven mitts when when handling the hog, so you don’t get spiked!

The Wildlife Aid Foundation (Surrey): 01372 360 404

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