Despite the current circumstances, spring continues. Birds start building their nests; lambing is well underway and young hares begin to bound around the meadows. Bees and butterflies start to emerge; wildflowers begin to grow, and tadpoles fill the shallows of ponds.
Between Tisbury and Ansty lies a typical English woodland with a variety of wildlife. Up into the wood you will find ‘The Pond’; created by Graham Fry in the late 90s. Originally for duck shooting, this pond is now a tranquil and peaceful wildlife pond. Here you can currently find tadpoles, newts, and different types of larvae as well as badgers, bluebells and robins in the woodland surrounding it. Butterflies and bees will fill the grasslands next to the pond. You may be lucky enough to spot Orange-tip butterflies, honeybees, Painted Lady butterflies and bumblebees.
On a walk through woodland it is possible you may stumble into a nest! Some of the most common are robin, blue tit and great tit nests – with beigey colouring and dark speckled eggs, pigeon nests – with small white eggs and blackbirds with bright blue, speckled eggs in a neat nest.
Animals are also beginning to give birth to their young! If you live in the countryside there is no doubt you will have seen lambs in all of the fields, jumping on their mothers and kicking around. Grey squirrels – a regular visitor to many gardens - are starting to make their nests and giving birth to their 3-5, and even maybe 9, babies!
At this time, most of us are in lockdown or quarantine, however there are still lots of activities to get involved in the natural world around us.
BUILD A BUG HOUSE: using dried grass cuttings, plant pots, leaves, twigs, and other materials you have accessible, make a base and work upwards piling up all of the materials! This will be a great space for insects and bugs to hibernate over the winter! You may get mini beats such as: centipedes, spiders, snails, beetles and woodlouse!
WATCH LIVE WILDLIFE WEBCAMS: wildlife and nature webcams are a great way of viewing animals and birds without disturbing them! There are lots of webcams available, such as CJ Wildlife – where you can watch tawny, barn and little owls as well as peregrine falcons, kestrels and many more! The wildlife trusts – where you can have a look in a bat box, osprey nest, puffin colony and more! And the Birds of Poole Harbour – where you can watch different birds feeding and birds out on the shore! Check out these amazing 24/7 webcams and watch wildlife up close!
Live wildlife webcams :
https://www.birdfood.co.uk/webcams https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams https://www.birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk/elevated-hide-webcam/
MAKE A BIRD FEEDER: providing food is a great way to attract wildlife such as birds into your garden! To make your own feeder, you will need a mould or cococonut half, lard, peanut butter and bird seed. Melt the lard and peanut butter, then add in the bird seed. Pour into your mould or coconut half and set in the fridge for around an hour. Put it out for the birds and watch them feed!
There are so many ways to get out in the open and stay connected to nature, no matter how old or young you are!