Sunday, August 09, 2015

Wryneck in Sussex!

Well, this one was certainly a first for me and a real surprise as a visitor to my parents garden but then as a certain David Lindo @urbanbirder Rule No. 1 "Anything can turn up anywhere at anytime"! So why not.

Having got over the excitement of a wryneck and watched it move in and out of the flowerbeds it almost got taken out by a male sparrowhawk which caused all the birds on the feeders to dive for the hedges until it flew off again.

The wryneck then hunkered down for several minutes until it felt it was safe to move again.

(Yes, not a great photo but it was shakily taken through binoculars with an iphone!)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Barrel pond

Created in a round pond container - intended for pebble fountains but just the right size for a small garden.  So easy to make- just find a level site, fill with water and a few water plants and hey presto!

There's a small water lilly in the bottom - the main reason I wanted another pond.  Strategically placed branch to allow small creatures to get out, like the froglets that will emerge from this year's tadpoles.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Roadside wildflowers

A lovely display of roadside wildflowers along the verge of the A27 into Brighton near Polegate.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Springwatch at Minsmere

Lucky enough to get an invite to Springwatch Unsprung at RSPB Minsmere for the announcement of the National Bird Vote result.  Came up mid-week to make the most of the day there.

Spinless Si's patch along the boardwalk up to the Island Mere hide.  Having watched Springwatch earlier in the week, there's a surprising lack of activity around the reserve when you consider how much filming was going on.

The Springwatch studio overlooking the reserve.  Distant view of the presenters and film crew, although I did come across Martin Hughes-Games being filmed in a ditch.

Miles of cables around the site.  You spot a few cables running along some of the trails and disappearing into a ditch or patch of scrub but surprisingly few cameras are visible.

Roadside wildflowers

A splash of poppies and dandelions along the roadside on the way in to RSPB Minsmere.

Friday, June 05, 2015

June: Wildflowers around the dewpond

Early summer wildflowers around the edge of the dewpond.  Mainly a mix of ox-eye daisies, red and white campion at the moment.  Plenty of damselflies around too.

Monday, June 01, 2015

30 Days Wild - Day 1: A walk in the park

Chatsworth Park is a small local park - just a short distance away.  It's planted with trees and shrubs - mainly pines, oaks, sycamore and patches of bramble and nettles.

Surrounded by houses and bordered along most of one side by a road, it's mainly used by dogwalkers, mums and kids playing in the two playgrounds on either side or the informal football pitch on the flat but sometimes very wet area in the middle.

It would be great to get an area of grass left uncut as a wildflower area to encourage more wildlife - rather than the many non-native tree species.  (I'm working on that one).

Plenty of birds pass through and it's the source of most of the resident birds in my garden as I often see the blue tits, great tits and finches flying in from there.

The robins and blackbirds also visit and squirrels travel the short distance every now and then to have a go at the nuts.

Badgers and foxes also have their setts and dens in amongst some of the bushes in the park and it's not unusual to see them outside in the road, on the pavement or taking a short cut along the narrow paths between some of the houses late evening or overnight.

So today, Day 1 of #30DaysWild - on my way back from dropping the car off for a service and a walk back through the park.  Heard a chiff-chaff singing.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Wildlife Trust - 30 Days Wild

The Wildlife Trust have launched 30 Days Wild for the month of June.

Do something wild every day in June - get out into nature, discover more about your local patch, learn about wildlife on your doorstep or in your garden.

Sign-up, download the wallchart and booklet with tips and ideas to help get you started.

Sign-up for 30 Days Wild