How the bloody hell is it April…. Beats me! But all the same I thought it was about time for another seasonal jobs post, so here it is.
Tis’ the season for whacking out the old builders-bum tea and making yourself a bat box (ensuring you use untreated and unplanned wood). These boxes are a fantastic way to encourage these majestic critters into your gardens and outbuildings. Don’t be disheartened if they don’t move in instantly. They like to take their time and it will take them a while to find and use your handy work for nesting. Compost heaps and ponds generate the types of insects that bats like to eat. You can also plant white or pale coloured flowers that are more visible to nocturnal, night-flying insects such as moths, which are another valuable source of food for bats. Avoid using pesticides in your garden too! Poorly bats will not thank you!
Migrant birds from Africa such as willow warblers, housetrains, swifts and swallows will have now arrived. It is a perfect time therefore to set up nest boxes for these marvellous fellows and to ensure all your bird feeders are regularly topped up!
Now make another cup of tea.. maybe grab a cheeky biscuit or two (oop, naughty!) and watch the spectacular spectacle of wildlife flooding in to your garden.
I was very happy to have my voice heard with a topic I feel very passionate about. Housebuilding on Devon greenfield sites has become a serious issue (and I suspect not just in Devon) and threatens the local wildlife by drastically reducing important habitats. These new houses are erected in their thousands and are sold for a minimum of £250,000 with a majority being upwards of £400,000!! Not exactly helping the housing crises!
Winter is a crucial time to take part in wildlife jobs around the garden. These can include simple errands such as ensuring your bird feeders are nicely topped up for your little visitors and cleaning out the ever important bird bath (ensuring to regularly unfreeze it), to placing nest boxes in suitable locations. For the even smaller visitors such as bees, planning your planting to include flowers from February through to November and planting in clumps, can be vital for our important pollinators.
Other, larger jobs, can include setting ponds (even the smallest pond will attract dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, newts and toads!), creating a compost heap, and setting logs down.
After what has seemed a long, hard shlog of a few months back at university, these babies were one hell of a welcomed sight this weekend back at home. How beautiful.
My recent frolicking in Salcombe
Ladies and gents…. I give you the wonderfully majestic Dartmoor pony. I love how incredibly hardy this amazing breed is. They also make fantastic riding ponies! Naaaaaaw (bless its little cottons)..
I took the dog for a walk yesterday evening and I came across this stunning view! Made me realise how lucky we are to have views and places of outstanding natural beauty, like this one, in the uk. So it’s VITAL we protect them and the wildlife that inhabit there from major threats such as building developers. Keep these habitats safe = protect our wildlife!
Soooo today I made the decision to embark on a 7 1/2 mile walk up on cold, wet and windy Dartmoor. We started at Princetown and followed the Victorian leat in a loop. Rather pleasent – even if I could ring-out the water from my socks and pants just 5 minutes into the trek…. Here’s a picture of me looking miserable – enjoy!…
When one gets one’s hydrophone in a pickle…..
Seagrass. You may have never heard of it. But did you know it is a vital marine habitat? There are 40% more animals in seagrass beds than on bare sand. This vital marine habitat is struggling and in fast decline. This picture was taken in Salcombe, Devon, where the only known intertidal seagrass bed is growing. Isn’t it beautiful? Find out more about these chaps at: http://www.projectseagrass.org