wildlife

Watch out for molehills starting to appear

Keep your eyes peeled for moles diging around in your garden! They are notoriously hard to spot, so, if you have a trail camera, you might have more chance at catching a glimpse during the night. The camera might even spot animals you weren’t aware of. See how many species you can name!

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Sit quietly outside and listen out for the call of the Mistle Thrush

Learning to identify the different bird species around you is a great skill! Have a listen to their call, via the link below and see if you can match it to the sounds in your garden.

http://bit.ly/MistleThrushSound

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Let your garden grow wild!

Whilst still feeling the brunt of the latest strom to pass over the UK. Why not take advantage of the bad weather and skip the gardening for a while (or at least a little part of it!).

By letting even just a small area of your garden grow wild, you are giving a helping hand towards the nature in your local area. You’ll find that when the weather starts to clear, you’ll have created a little haven for all manner creatures to forage and nest in safety.

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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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Cut through elastic bands before disposing of them!

Elastic bands – and all types of litter – can be extremely harmful to our wildlife. Just recently, the Wildlife Aid Foundation was called out to rescue a female mallard that had an elastic band looped around her head and inside her mouth, which was preventing her from eating or drinking. If this had gone unnoticed, it could have had catastrophic consequences.

It takes just seconds to grab a pair of scissors and cut through an elastic band. Just think of the lives that could be saved – do your iDot, today!

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Volunteer at a wildlife Rescue Centre!

Why not have a look and see what wildlife rescue centres are in your area. Volunteering is not only, very rewarding for the person involved, but the help and care that contributes towards the rehabilitation and release of the animals, is well worth it! Wildlife everywhere, is in a fragile state so we need to act now.

If you’d like to become a volunteer at the Wildlife Aid Foundation, visit the following link and fill out an application form, today! www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/become-volunteer/

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Our Pond

When we built the Pond it was only a couple of months before the Frogs moved in.  We now have Dragonflies and Newts too.

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Save a hedgehog from not surviving hibernation (if it is below 600g)

When the winter days start to close in, make sure you keep an eye out for any underweight hedgehogs in your garden or surrounding areas.

Once the weather becomes cold enough, hedgehogs will begin to hibernate and any that are under 600g are unlikely to survive the duration.

If you are concerned about a hedgehog you see, please, give your local wildlife rescue centre a call for advice.

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Grow a sunflower and watch the birds eat the seeds

Sunflowers are not only beautiful plants, they can also help feed your local garden birds.

Try growing 1 or 2 in your garden, from a tiny seed, right the way through to a tall, swaying giant. Keep your eyes peeled for those hungry garden birds and write down all the species you can identify.

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