We have bats in the garden every evening and I'm sure they are Pipistrelle, but I'm going to check that out with the ranger tonight. Here's a great website on bats, gardening for bats and how to encourage them into the garden. Has anyone visited Chester Zoo's bat enclosure? It's an amazing experience with hundreds of free-flying bats around you as you walk through it.
I have planted moth friendly plants too, like Evening Primrose and will get some more in later, like nicotiana and night scented stock. Moths Count from the Butterfly Conservation website has listed all the plants that attract moths if you want to check it out.
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Sad news from Seagull Sagas. The MDs nest was destroyed, taken down by a human and stuffed into a black plastic bag, eggs n'all. The poor birds called out for ages-I hate that sad sound, it gets right into my heart, I know it means bad things have happened. They have recovered (probably more than me and my neighbour) and are now looking at their old site, refurbishing the old nest. I hope it's not too late for them.
On a happier note, I'm enjoying Spring Watch...are you?
Whilst hedge cutting on Sunday a Slow Worm popped it's head out of the top, I could have cut it in half-will have to be much more careful next time. We have a lot of them in the garden and I actively encourage them to stay, with sheltered spots in long grass. The females have a thin stripe down their backs. These are still quite small and rest happily during the day under the metal foot of an old spade. I also have a big ceramic dish propped up on some stones and often find them there too. They eat slugs and snails-very helpful in my garden. They are on the side of the garden I leave a little wild, and it's an area I really want to develop into a wildlife habitat.
I've found a new blogger who has started a lovely blog about the wildlife in the Scilly Isles and I think, writes in a really nice style. Take a look at Quite Tall Max on Tresco for beautiful wildlife photos.
I have a new page in the blog for the list of wildlife I see when out and about. It's not going to be a birding list, but hopefully more about the insects around here and more unusual animals-so please take a look as I'll be updating it regularly.
Hope you like the garden photos-this flower bed is only just 2 years old. I have planted it up with insect friendly plants. In the spring it's full of wild primroses.
Welcome to some new followers. Wendy from Blue Borage and A Herons View Thanks for joining in.