This weekend (25th-26th) is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is the biggest garden wildlife survey in the world. To get involved all you have to do is watch the birds in your garden or a local patch for one hour. Whilst watching them you have to note down the highest number of each bird species, at any one time. Once the hour is over you have to submit your results to the RSPB website where the results will be used for a number of different things. You can submit your results by clicking here and you can also print off a chart to help you record the birds which are visiting your garden.
Here’s a photo of a goldfinch which I photographed in my garden, a bird you
may expect to see on your feeders whilst taking part in the count.
Here’s a photograph of a great tit which I took. Another bird which you
could except to see on your feeders.
Here’s one of a robin. Another species which you could
expect to see.
Today I went to one of my local nature reserves which was the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust headquarters, The Wolseley Centre. I visit this reserve quite a lot but today when I was observing the feeding station I noticed something which I’d never seen there before. These were two massive brown rats, one of them was almost the size of a rabbit! Brown rats can be found almost everywhere in the UK and they are a very adaptable mammal. Here are some photos and a video I took.
The feeding station.
A few months ago I was contacted by the leader of the Wildlife Trust,Wildlife Watch group at the National Memorial Arboretum asking if I would come and do a talk this year about my wildlife experiences and local observations. Over the past few weeks I put a PowerPoint and some of my best footage together to show. Throughout the talk I spoke about the wildlife at some local places, the wildlife in my garden, different things which I’ve managed to record on my trail camera and much more. My audience were particularly interested in some of my badger footage! The group which I did the talk for were a great bunch and have been going for about 10 years! You can find more about them here – http://www.thenma.org.uk/visit/families/wildlife-watch-group/
I really enjoyed doing the talk; even though at first I was a bit nervous but I’m looking forward to doing more!
Here are some photos which were taken of me whilst doing the talk.
Today when I got home from school I had a look through one of my local newspapers and realized a photo I sent in had featured in the ‘WildLichfield’ section. This is my sixth photo to appear in this local paper along with the story about my Autumnwatch experience.
Here is a photo of it in the Lichfield Mercury.