Category Archives: British mammals

My photograph of the month for September

I got a bit of a treat this September, I got to visit Bradgate Park again. It’s been a while since my last visit and this time I decided to walk along the meandering stream. I had the opportunity to have close encounters with swans, along with a wigeon and a raven.

The star of the show however, goes to this very handsome and impressive fallow deer stag!

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You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.

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#30DaysWild day 17, 18, 19 and 20

After a few busy days, I’m playing catch up with my 30 Days Wild blog.

Day 17 – Bradgate Park, Wildlife Weekend

I knew Saturday was going to be a good ‘wild’ day when I heard my first cuckoo of the year right at the very beginning.

I managed to get myself to Bradgate Park again. This time to help out on the stand for my local bat group who were attending the park’s Wild Weekend. There were lots of other wildlife organisations there and I enjoyed having a little nosey at their stands too.

The last few hours of the day I spent walking through the park and despite the blistering heat, the wildlife was really active in the summer sun.

Day 18 – A little Leafcutter Bee

While being given a lift I had an encounter with a lovely little Leafcutter Bee. It came through the window as the car was moving at a little speed. It landed in my lap stunned, so I held it in my hands for a few minutes as it gained its bearings. As we slowed for a junction the wee mite found its wings and was back out through the open window into the world!

Day 19 – Moths

Today I found some rather beautiful moths in places you wouldn’t normally look!

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Day 20 – A country drive

While driving through the countryside my friend and I stopped to enjoy the grand oaks that lined the narrow lanes. The gentle breeze was a cool welcome sensation on the skin. A simple moment of peace and serenity.

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#30DaysWild day 16 – An early morning visitor!

My wild moment today happened very early on, 3:30am in fact. Waking up and needing a glass of water, I headed down stairs. A quick nosey out into the garden lead me to find a hedgehog scoffing the food left out for it. I normally step away at this point but as a one off I quickly took a single photo, lit by the light of the screen of my mobile phone. I then let the hungry hog be.

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#30DaysWild day 5 – Burbage Common

On the way back from the supermarket, I decided to pop to my favourite wild patch – Burbage Common.

I love it there, it’s always full of bird life … except this time. It was quiet, too quiet. I stood looking up and down the small road that leads to the car park wondering what had happened, when a Sparrowhawk swept across the road.

A few short minutes later, the birds began to sing again knowing the danger of a predator had passed. The first bird to pop down into sight was beautiful Jay. Wood pigeons appeared and then 3 Crows few by, a cheeky Robin and a foraging Chaffinch where next. A hungry squirrel appeared and spent some time munching through a pile of mealworms that had been left out for the wildlife.

Definitely worth the detour!

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#30DaysWild day 1 – exploring somewhere new!

 

For my first day of 30 Days Wild I decided to explore somewhere new. I chose Bradgate Park as I had heard many great things about it.

A bright sunny day made the visit all the more delightful! There were lots of families enjoying the warmth and outdoors which was wonderful to see

The whole visit was very ‘wild’, but if I had to pick just one moment it was the few minutes I spent sat on the grass watching some of the park’s many deer grazing peacefully.

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A beautiful Brown Hare

After a couple of sodden days of rain, it was glorious to see the sun yesterday. A gorgeous day to cycle home. What was even more special was that I managed to spot a beautiful brown hare in a farmer’s field. This is the closet I’ve ever seen a hare so I was thrilled! Worth all that pedaling!

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My photograph from November and December!

My monthly blog has been a little haphazard this year, as proved by the fact I’m posting November and December’s photos together this month! But I do find this a fun exercise and maybe it is something I’ll carry through into 2017. However until then I’ll leave you with my last two photos for 2016 and wish you all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

November – A squirrel enjoying hawthorn berries!img_1701pscc

December – Gulls and starlings on Brighton beach!img_2047pscc

Click to see my previous month’s photo here.

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Day 30 #30DaysWild

Having moved to my new home about a year ago, I haven’t yet managed to find any bat activity. Yesterday I thought it was high time to take my bat detector out and see if I could hear any bats in my garden.

I stepped outside and turned my bat detector on ….. nothing. I carefully walked around and still … nothing. Then I caught a very faint ‘tip tap tip tap’, I turned a little and there it was again ‘tip tap tip tap’. I knew it wasn’t a bat, but what was it? I scanned around and again the ‘tip tap tip tap’ continued. There walking across the path was a hedgehog! My bat detector had not found a single bat, but it had amplified the sound of a hedgehog out for a stroll!

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As for today, the last day of 30 Days Wild. I finished off a little project I started 3 weeks ago, painting pebbles! It’s taken me a while but it’s been wonderfully relaxing to do!

I have loved taking part in 30 Days Wild again this year, it has pushed me to try a few new things and helped me find new wild places. With National Insect Week in the middle, it has been a brilliant month!

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Day 13 #30DaysWild

This morning I woke to a torrential downpour, I stood with my cup of tea and watched the splashes and ripples of the rain drops from my back door.

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Later I headed out, after yesterday’s gardening exploits I was in need of some more compost. The little winding country roads are fantastic to explore, I often find myself taking a turning just to see what I can find. Upon spotting a hovering Kestrel, I pulled into a layby. The Kestrel disappeared, but I’d found somewhere new! I walked over a humpback bridge that passed over a canal and into the village of Shackerstone.

House Martins and Swallows flew over my head as I watched several families of Canada Geese enjoy the safety of a private lake. I walked along the edge of the village nearest the canal. I spotted a Green-Veined White butterfly come to rest on a Dog Rose flower, Sparrows having dust baths and House Martins collecting mud for their nests.

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As I crossed a second bridge to head back towards my car, a ripple in the canal caught my eye, a Water Vole swam across the water and into the reeds on the other side. It’s only the second time I’ve seen a Water Vole and it was certainly the best view I’d ever seen! I was bloody thrilled!

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My 2015

My 2015 was a good year, it was also a very busy one!

Choosing a photograph per month to blog was both enjoyable and a challenge. It’s something I’ll be carrying through into 2016.

There were many other photographs that I loved to, so here are a few highlights .

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Have a wonderful 2016 everyone!

 

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