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Wildlife in the UK

Wildlife in the UK

Hello again! 🙂

I hope you’re enjoying the lovely weather lately!

A lot of people have really got back in touch with nature throughout this lockdown by going for daily walks, whether it be around a local reservoir, through a park or a forest.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has so much information on their website about how you can attract birds to your garden, how you can help birds and how to identify birds and their songs.

Something simple to do which many people forget is to provide a regular supply of clean water! If you don’t supply water for them, you’re less likely to see them. You don’t need a fancy birdbath, just a tub (1-4 inches deep) of fresh water in a safe place (preferably by bushes or trees so they can hide if they feel alarmed) and the surface of the tub needs to be rough so they can grip it with their claws.

Providing fresh water goes for any animal really. On my daily walk along the canal and through my local woods, I have been feeding and giving water to two horses. It’s not good that they are tied up and there isn’t any shade for them, they also don’t have a regular supply of water. I have tried calling the RSPCA but they have said they’re only attending emergencies due to the pandemic and reduced staff, so myself and neighbours have been taking it in turns to look after the horses. They must be getting water and food at some point in the day as they do get moved into a different field sometimes with a trough and the horses do look healthy. However, it is important to look out for wildlife if you can. 🙂

As I was walking through my local forest I saw a box in the trees for bats. This is for conservation purposes. To find out more about bat conservation, just click here. 🙂

I previously wrote a blog about the different natural attractions in and around Birmingham. You can read it again here. 🙂

Some more lovely nature places I have discovered are Carding Mill Valley, Draycote Water and Chasewater. Chasewater is near Cannock Chase and I tend to see a lot of deer over there. 🙂

       

As it is also spring, there are a lot of cute babies around. So far I have seen some cygnets, baby Canadian geese and baby moorhens. If you do see some cygnets, be careful near them as the swans are very protective and if they hit you with their neck they have been known to break bones! They were very calm near me but hissed at my dog as they felt intimidated by him.

My mum has also seen a kingfisher and woodpecker in our local forest. My favourite bird near home is the bluetit because they are very cute and colourful. I would love to see the kingfisher though too!

   

I hope you are able to look out for some of these lovely species next time you go for a walk through nature!

If you want to know what other wildlife you can see in the UK just click here. There have been reports of whales, dolphins and sharks coming in closer to land. 🙂 I’m sure there will be more sightings of other wildlife too.

Thanks for reading!

Charley x

 



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