Category Archive: Wildlife Wednesday

Feb 24

Wildlife Wednesday: The Big Duck Food Experiment!

Ducks and children – could there be a better match for early childhood fun? I’m not entirely sure how the tradition of going to feed the ducks began or how far back in history. I don’t know whether it is the comedic way ducks waddle, their noisy quacking or their unquestioning acceptance of …

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Feb 17

Wildlife Wednesday: National Nest Box Week

I woke up this morning to a beautiful orange sunrise (definitely of the ‘Shepherd’s warning’ variety) and to the sound of the birds singing. It’s still a bit early in the year for a full-blown dawn chorus but despite the nippy temperatures I’ve definitely noticed an increase in volume of …

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Feb 03

Wildlife Wednesday: Winter Tree Identification Walk

There’s an undeniable magic to winter. Whilst outwardly it looks like nature has wrapped itself up, tucked itself away and become bare and barren, in fact there is a huge amount going on beneath the surface. I’m not just talking about the bulbs that seem to be springing up in …

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Jan 27

Wildlife Wednesday: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

It’s that time of year again – bird counting time for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016!

The Big Garden Birdwatch is an event we do every year in the Baby Routes household and one we all look forward to. For me as ever it also brings back happy memories – …

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Jan 20

Wildlife Wednesday: Give Winter Wildlife a Helping Hand

It’s here finally – the cold snap. Even though temperatures look set to rise later this week in the South these frosty mornings, flurries of snow and chilly days are a reminder of what the season still has to come.

Outside nature is in chaos. Summer flowering plants such as roses …

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Dec 16

Wildlife Wednesday: Norfolk’s Winter Wildlife

On the face of it, December doesn’t seem the most promising time of year for wildlife spotting. As much of the natural world curls up on itself for the cold months ahead it’s easy to assume that all its inhabitants do likewise. Probably this isn’t helped by the fact that …

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Dec 02

Wildlife Wednesday: Whale Watching at Dana Point, CA

In week two of our California trip we moved down to the Orange County coast and there was one thing I could not wait to do. Go whale and dolphin watching.

California is renowned for having some of the best whale and dolphin watching in the world, with …

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Nov 18

Wildlife Wednesday: Home Again to the Hedgehogs

Did you know that there are no native wild hedgehogs in America? I didn’t either until reading somewhere about how publishers rarely accept children’s books that include hedgehogs as characters because American children wouldn’t recognise or relate to them, minimising the publisher’s commercial reach. Can you imagine growing up without knowing what a …

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Oct 07

Wildlife Wednesday: Why Hedgehogs Need your Help this Autumn!

The Baby Routes house has gone a bit bonkers over hedgehogs this year. These curious little creatures are a British countryside favourite and yet when was the last time you saw one? Increasing amounts of roads to cross, reduced vegetation, more fences and boundaries and the use of pesticides and slug pellets have all made …

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Sep 30

Wildlife Wednesday: 8 Activities for Autumnal Optimism

Autumn is upon us in all its gleaming conker and whirling leaved glory. Despite the wonders of the season and the promise of winter fun ahead, most of us have the odd little pang about the end of summer as we put away the barbecue. If you’re one of those people prone to winter …

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