Category Archive: Wildlife

Mar 30

Toad Patrolling

We are officially into spring – hooray! The mornings are brighter, the bird song is getting louder, the wood anemones and celandine are blooming and, if you’ve passed a pond at dusk, the water has been teaming with the amorous activities and song of our native amphibians.

This year at home …

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Nov 18

Nature Crafts: How to Make Leaf Print Cards

 

Being an autumn baby, Roo has recently celebrated her fifth birthday. Now she is learning to write, the ensuing ‘thank you’ cards are becoming more Roo’s responsibility than ours. Luckily at this stage the writing bit it still a novelty not a chore! 

Despite Roo’s new enthusiasm for writing, …

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Jul 06

Wildlife Wednesday: Visiting the Farne Islands, Northumberland with Children

Taking young children on a bird-watching boat trip might not spring instantly to mind. If you’re in Northumberland between April and July though, it really ought to.

You don’t have to be a nature buff to appreciate the Farne Islands nor do your children need to know their coots from …

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Jun 08

Wildlife Wednesday: 30 Days Wild Challenge – Days 1 to 7

We are now one week in to our 30 Days Wild challenge. It’s been a busy time, not least because those seven days have spanned being on and returning from holiday and getting back to normal routines again, all of which has left relatively little time for extra things.

Still, as …

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Jun 01

30 Days Wild Challenge: Nature Mobiles and Nature Books

It’s the 1st June and that means one thing – the very first day of the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild challenge, with its aim to get us all outside enjoying nature in whatever way we can for every day of the month to come. We will be blogging about …

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Jun 01

Outdoor Activities: How to Make Nature Mobiles

 

We made a nature mobile as our first day’s activity for this year’s 30 Days Wild Challenge. It’s a really simple idea that works for kids of all ages – just obviously with tiny ones they will be most involved with the collecting of nature materials than in the tying of cotton!

We …

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May 25

Wildlife Wednesday: 30 Days Wild – How Wild Are You?

The weather is improving and it is the perfect time to fling open the doors and spend as much time outdoors as possible. This June, the fantastic 30 Days Wild challenge is back again, seeing if we can all indulge our wild sidesĀ on a daily basis.

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May 18

Wildlife Wednesday: Dawn Chorus

If your children have become super early risers in the last month of so then there is a silver lining to that sleep-deprived cloud. Along with the natural alarm clock of lighter mornings and sunnier skies also comes a fantastic audio track of nature’s finest conjuring. The dawn chorus is …

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May 04

Wildlife Wednesday: Save our Prickles – it’s Hedgehog Awareness Week!

This week is Hedgehog Awareness Week and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is asking all of us to do just one thing positive for our beloved British little prickly friends this week. I don’t need to tell you that we are a bit hedgehog crazy in this house and I’m pleased to have welcomed …

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Apr 27

Wildlife Wednesday: The Toads of Toad Hall

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is a particular favourite of Roo’s. Living near the section of rural Thames that inspired the book and exploring its many footpaths and familiar wildlife daily, it was always going to hit close to home for our mini-nature-enthusiast-come-book-worm. Roo also loves a particularly beautiful tableaux …

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