Wildlife diary from Oxfordshire by Alex age 15

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Day 25 of 30 days Wild - water

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:14 pm

With the weather forecast for the week ahead full of sunny, dry days and temperatures around Oxfordshire of 26 to 28 degrees, it is important to put of water for birds and animals.

It doesn’t have to be an expensive bird bath, just shallow dishes. Most of the ones in our garden are plant pot saucers.

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Alex
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Re: Wildlife diary from Oxfordshire by Alex age 15

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:54 pm

It’s great when you come across something you have never noticed before.

There are 69 species of Longhorn beetles in Britain and I probably walk passed plenty every day while out taking photos, but I’ve never really stopped and looked at them before. They have long antennae, which are often as long as or longer than the beetle’s body

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Fox and the rabbit

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:06 am

It was fascinating to watch this fox stalking. It lay in the grass with only its ears twitching every so often.
(The rabbit got away)

https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress ... ild-foxes/

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Alex
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Badgers

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:31 am

The badgers are really struggling with all the dry weather at the moment and although I don’t feed them very often I have taken water and some food soaked in water down a few times in the past couple of weeks.
https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress ... 4/badgers/

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Guided butterfly walk

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 am

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to help out on one of Richard Lewington’s guided butterfly walks.
https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress ... rfly-walk/

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Alex
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Badger cub rescue

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:49 pm

My mum was called out to rescue a badger cub, so I went along too.

Despite the best efforts from everyone, unfortunately the poor little cub we called Sunny, died as she was too weak and dehydrated to survive over night.

Please put water out for wildlife

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First butterfly count

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:08 pm

The Big Butterfly count number one from the garden
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Second butterfly count

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:45 pm

The second butterfly count I did was in my local wildlife flower meadow

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Snuffling on through

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:54 pm

The badgers are struggling on through with the lack of water. The side stream has been dry since May and the large, back stream is now very low.

Along with lots of other badger watchers all over the country who look out for their nearby setts, we have been taking water and food down to our badgers.

https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress ... n-through/

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Glow worms

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:45 am

Glow worms are generally found on chalk grassland, similar to the one we visited on a guide walk, but also in gardens, woodland rides, heathland and railway embankments.

The female uses its glow to attract a mate who will fly low over the area looking for this green light. Once the female has mated, she stops glowing, lays eggs and then dies.

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