Four day flora and fauna.

Last Wednesday I went to visit my Uncle who lives in Eridge, near Tunbridge Wells for four days with my Brother, another Uncle and my Nan. Where he lives it is surrounded by nothing but the lovely countryside. He has a massive garden which includes a orchard and a large pond. I’ve heard many stories from family members about how brilliant the wildlife is in his garden and that you can see anything from grass snakes and slow worms to foxes and badgers.

Day One.

When I got there, before unpacking, I went for a look around the garden. To my surprise the first thing I saw was a common lizard which was incredible! After having some lunch I went exploring round the garden again, but this time with my camera. The weather was extremely hot and I decided to have a sit down when a grasshopper jumped onto my wellie, the wildlife was everywhere! I managed to get a photo and I took some photos of the garden too. One of the reasons why we were having a long stay at my Uncles was so my brother and my other Uncle could start clearing out the pond as over the last many years it has become extremely overgrown. Before the pond became overgrown it was a common sight to see grass snakes, newts, moorhens and much more. Here are some of the photos I took on the first day.

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Day Two.

The next morning I was up nice and early to check my trail camera (a blog post about the footage I managed to get is coming next!) and to spend another day exploring the vast habitats in the garden. Most of the day I helped with clearing the pond but I did go around with my camera. I even managed to see a slow worm but unfortunately I didn’t photograph it! Here are a few photos from day two.

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IMG_20140726_102936563Here’s an old reed warbler nest we found when clearing the pond.

Day Three.

Once again I was up nice and early to check my trail camera and get started with another lovely day in the garden. Today I went on the hunt for a slow worm again so I could photograph one and luckily I did find the same one again and it was in the same spot. Here are some photos that I took from day three which include my photo of a slow worm!

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 Day Four.

Today was the last day of our four day break and once again I was up early to check my trail camera. After having my breakfast I went for one last look around the garden before going home. I even spotted the same slow worm at the same place I’d spotted him at the few days before. Here are some photos I took before setting off home.

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On all three nights I managed to record some footage on my trail camera too which my next blog post will be all about!


Day three in the Lake District.

After an exciting second day tracking down some red squirrels. Today we decided to go to some more urban areas. This took us to a town called Barrow-in-Furness. We didn’t see much wildlife as we were looking around the shops but I did see a lot of gulls. Some of which were nesting in some unusual places, one example was a pair that had a nest in a statue on a round about!

On the way back to the place we stopped at, we stopped at a small town called Ulverston. One thing I noticed about being in the Lake District is that wherever you look, even beyond the town centers, you can see wonderful hills and countryside in the background. Here are some photos that I took today on day three.

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Day one in the Lake District.

As I had last week off school I spent five days in the Lake District, Monday to Friday, in the Lakes. We stopped at a place called Flookburgh which isn’t far from Kendal. Over the week I managed to see lots of different wonderful wildlife, scenic views and much more!

This time last week we had arrived where we were staying and we’d had a look around. We weren’t stopping that far from the sea, here are some of the photos I took on the first day.

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