If you’re a little put off by the weather today…you can still do a bit of wildlife spotting from the comfort of your own sofa! Wildlife Whispers have set up four webcams in their garden so you can see in real time what the local creatures are up to. I’ve been following a very zippy little house mouse foraging on the ground with a blackbird. Apparently today a blue tit couple were seen inspecting the nest box…so fingers crossed there might be some bluetit chicks very soon!
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Just a quick one as I’m off out to help the BBC Wildlife Fund, the official charity of this year’s Times Destinations Show at Earls Court. If you’re thinking of where to go on holiday this year, the show will have hundreds of ideas…and I’m told, a few animal visitors from across the globe to get you in the mood. The BBC Wildlife Fund is an incredible charity (nothing to do with the licence fee) set up to help animal conservation groups not only across the world but here in the UK too. My favourite is the the dormouse conservation currently going on in Kent!
With this weather, I’m very jealous of the beautiful dormouse who get to spend up to three quarters of their life asleep! Now dormice are going into hibernation and they’re one of only three British mammals who go to sleep each year to conserve their energy. If you’re lucky, you might find one (or the evidence of one, nibbled hazelnuts are a dead giveaway!) near you.
Photo : Bengt Lundberg
Dormice can cross the busy bypass in Pontypridd in safety thanks to specially-made dormouse bridges. Dormice prefer to travel in trees so these mesh tubes suspended in trees tall polls will ensure their population’s safety.
Help the People’s Trust for Endangered Species by joining their Great Nut Hunt. Keep an eye out for nibbled hazelnuts as they’re a good sign of the elusive dormouse. In fact they’re so elusive, I’ve only got pictures of sleepy harvest mice! Find out how to become a nutter here
Photos by Suzie Pipes ©