Category: Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Great British Bee Count & pollination activities for preschoolers

Pollination crafts for preschoolers, Baby Routes

With the coming of May everywhere seems to have exploded into blossom. The apples trees are heavy with flowers, the bluebells are carpeting the local woods once again and everywhere the hedgerows and grass verges are springing into floral finery of blues, whites, pinks and yellows.

With the blooming of the flowers comes an …

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Wildlife Wednesday: Spring Wild Walk

Roo tracking deer, Baby Routes

Despite the current high winds which have felled a fence panel,toppling branches from the trees and buffeting the red kites about dangerously, I love this time of year. There is something about watching the natural world wake up, the trees come to life, the birds increase the volume of their singing. I even welcome the …

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Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids, Part 1: Presents for Green-Fingered and Nature-Loving Kids

Gardening with kids, Baby Routes

Baby Beth has just turned one. In the run-up to her birthday I had the usual researching frenzy for outdoorsy gifts as well as ideas for generous friends and family asking for present inspiration. We eventually opted for a convertible trike that goes from parent-guided push-along to a fully toddler powered set of wheels. Beth …

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Wildlife Wednesday: Building a bird hide

Building a bird hide in the garden for kids

With the Big Garden Bird Watch 2015 nearly upon us (not signed up yet? Check out this post…) and with Roo eager to give her brand new red Christmas binoculars a thorough test run, it has been all about the birds in this house recently. Last weekend we took it one step further and …

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Wildlife Wednesday: RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2015

Woodpecker and blue tit on feeder in snow

It’s chilly outside and the bird feeders are busier than ever. That must mean one thing – it’s time for the Big Garden Bird Watch again!

Every year the RSPB coordinates a community effort to survey which feathered visitors are visiting our gardens and to track trends in growth or …

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Cooking with Worms: how to make birds’ pudding!

Robin on bird feeder, making bird pudding.

After the Christmassy fun last week of stir-up Sunday, we decided to make use of those extra currants, dried fruit and suet with a stir-up Monday to create a feast for our feathered friends. It’s not often kids get a legitimate reason to cook with worms ¬†and Roo was curiously …

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A House for Hoggy!

garden hedgehog house building, Baby Routes

As you may have picked up by now, we have been pretty excited here about the fact we have a resident hedgehog in our garden. I’ve always had a soft spot for hedgehogs, probably ever since reading Mrs. Tiggywinkle as a child.

Sadly, I can count on one hand the number …

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Searching for Seals: One Great Reason to Visit Pembrokeshire in Autumn

Fantastic opportunities to watch some of Britain’s most exciting wildlife is one of Pembrokeshire’s big draws. Having been enchanted by the Puffins of Skomer Island during our trip back to Pembrokshire in June, we were eager to see more of the local inhabitants during our autumnal return visit.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Invasion of the Plum Moth

Plum Moth Caterpillar

Whilst a big fan of the natural world, as an enthusiastic gardener there are occasions when wildlife comes into conflict with my green fingered efforts.

The gardener in me has been getting very excited this year. For the first time since we planted them, three years ago, our pear and plum …

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Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count

David Attenborough is a bit of a household hero here so when he appeared on our screens promoting the Big Butterfly Count recently, I of course jumped to! A legitimate excuse to spend 15 minutes lazing in the sunshine in the garden, watching the wild world go by? Oh go …

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