Earlier this year I was asked to give a day of talks at a school for autism. Throughout the Summer and early Autumn I went along to the school grounds to film the wildlife they have in their forest with my trail cameras. The forest at the school is used regularly by the students where they do a variety of different outdoor activities. In the forest we managed to film lots of foxes, rabbits and squirrels along with the odd pheasant and jay.
When I gave the talk I included all the footage I had filmed at the school along with my own footage and photos. The talks were back to back all day, with breaks in between, and each lasted for around 25 minutes. Throughout I spoke about different mammals which would be present in the UK, and on the school grounds. I spoke about many different mammals from hedgehogs and squirrels to otters and badgers. The ages ranged from around 9 to 18 and it was great to share all my footage and show them what was going on outside their class rooms when no ones there. Plus talking about wildlife for the day was defiantly better then a day at school!
They were all a great audience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!
Today, as normal, I walked out from school but today I noticed a small bird had been blown into the road with cars all around. I attempted to run out and get the small bird with the help of another student. Once it had been taken out from the road it was left underneath a tree. I didn’t want to leave the bird because it was only young, there are a lot of corvids in the area, it couldn’t fly and there was no sight of a parent, nest or anywhere that the nest could of been. After about an hour of me and my friend waiting and watching I rung a local wildlife rescue who told me to take it to them. We managed to get it into a box without stressing it out anymore and it to the rescue. The lady at the rescue said he/she should be fine which was great to hear!
Here are some photos of the young goldfinch.
Last week, at school, I was approached by one of the science teachers who told me that they’d put up a trail camera in the schools Eco area. They decided to do this as they’d noticed over the past few weeks there were quite a few dead things about, one of which was a mole. Today I asked one of the science teachers if I could have a look at the footage they had captured from the two nights they’d set it up. When I saw the footage I was delighted to see that they’d recorded some fox cubs! Here is some of the footage which the science technician had recorded on her trail camera.
This morning my excuse for being late to school was much different to most. This was because I had a grey squirrel visiting my garden for the very first time! Grey squirrels aren’t a rare species but I was very excited when I saw that I had attracted a new mammal species into my garden. I managed to get a few photos in between getting ready but I hope to get lots more in the future. Here’s one of the photos that I took of the acrobatic squirrel.