Baby Mice Have Their First Outing

I have suspected for sometime that the wood mice were nesting in the bumblebee box in the insect hotel. I was surprised however to catch the moment when the little ones emerged for the first time. Seems like mum has her hands full keeping them under control!

I like this screen grab where you can see the mum picking up the little one by the scruff of the neck, And then it ends up on her head later on.



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They're Back!

After a long winter, at 11:21pm on 19/03/2013, a hedgehog finally emerged from its winter slumber and returned to the garden! It's great to have them back πŸ™‚



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Review Of New Ark Wildlife Hedgehog House

With the Hedgehogs about to start emerging the time is right to think about gardening for the wildlife, and an important thing they need is housing! I have been trying out the newΒ  Peshtera controlling type 2 diabetes through diet Hedgehog House with Hinged Inspection Roof from Ark Wildlife.

I got it just at the end of the season so unfortunately nothing hibernated in it, but a few had a good check out of it. It’s now been outside in all the rain and snow so now is a good time to report on how it got on.

The box itself is quite large, plenty of space for a large hog and an entrance with a baffle to stop predators getting in. The wood is slightly thicker than others I’ve used, so should help insulation, but importantly there are some holes in the back to aid ventilation, this should make a big difference! The lid is also new, it’s made of a material called Ecosheet, which is thick and will also help insulation. The Ecosheet is made from recycled plastic so is great for the environment too, win-win πŸ™‚

The box is very solidly made, with a green Ecosheet roof

The box is fastened with a sturdy latch

Ventilation holes at the back, should help airflow and reduce condensation

The box has feet to help rise it off the floor, there is a slight slope to avoid water collecting in it

The inside is slightly larger to give more space for more bedding to help them keep warmer. There is also a baffle to stop predators getting in

Here it is in situ

The house wasn’t available until quite late in the season, so I got it a bit too late for anything to hibernate in it, but I did get some footage of Harriet The Hedgehog checking it out

Harriet Moves In

Harriet Close Up

Hedgehog In New Box

Hedgehog Checking Out New Box

The box has stayed really dry inside throughout the horrible weather we have had this year, so it seems that the features really do work. I’m looking forward to the hedgehogs using it when they emerge from hibernation. A camera is in it so hopefully more footage to come, maybe even a nest and hoglets πŸ™‚ I will update you on it’s performance over the coming months.

You can purchase it from Ark Wildlife . You can also buy a whole range of wildlife food and products from them.

Hedgehogs And Gardens

When I did BBC Autumnwatch, they asked my to write a blog post for their website about encouraging Hedgehogs into your garden. As the weather is now getting nicer and the hogs will be out soon, I thought I should publish my tips again. This is the full version, the beeb made it shorter πŸ™‚ Hope you find it useful, and may the hedgehogs come!

How to tell if you have Hedgehogs

One of the problems with finding hedgehogs is that they are nocturnal. So, how do you know if you have hedgehogs in your garden? The signs are quite subtle, but once you have your ‘eye in’ they are quite easy to see.

The most obvious are footprints. Although hedgehogs are quite heavy (about 1kg) they don’t leave many footprints unless the ground is really soft. A small mud or wet sand trap is easily set up to see if you get some. The prints are about 2.5cm long and 2.8cm wide. The front toes are quite widely splayed, but the back toes are quite long and slender.

If you see poo around, that is a good indicator! The poo is 1.5-5cm long and 1cm in diameter. They are normally quite dark coloured due to being full of beetles.

Hedgehogs tend to leave slight tracks through the grass of a lawn or small tunnels through undergrowth as they go about their foraging. A good time to see these is in the morning through the dew on the lawn.


Go into your garden at night and listen. Hedgehogs are noisier than you think, and you may hear them snuffling and huffing around as they search for food. In the spring they can get very noisy as they can fight over females.

Gardening For Hedgehogs

If you already have hedgehogs, or want to encourage them into your garden, what can you do?

The first and most important thing is access! A lot of gardens are fenced and there is no way a hedgehog can get in. A small hole under or in the fence will do, about 3 inches is usually sufficient. If you have the option, a native hedge is fantastic, hawthorn etc, make a very good hog friendly border. Hedging provides easy access and shelter for them and other wildlife

Keep parts of the garden a little untidy. Try leaving an area of long grass and some shrubs for hogs to root around in. Piles of leaves, logs or a compost heap can also provide them with a place to nest and rear their young or to hibernate.


Water is a very important commodity for hogs. The best way to provide it is a pond, but, make sure the pond is either shallow, or, has shallow parts, so, if a hog does fall in it can easily get back out again. If that can’t be done, leave out a water bowl!


Put out food for them. Dog/Cat food and shop bought hedgehog foods are great. Dry food is also good, if it is small, such as puppy food, this will last and is good to leave out in the winter in case they wake up from hibernation. They also love mealworms. Don’t feed milk or bread, this will make them ill. Set up some feeding stations for them tucked out of the way or under hedges.


Provide some shelter, hedgehog boxes, compost heaps, piles of twigs, logs or leaves will always be welcome.

Encourage your neighbours to do the same. Gardens are a vital resource for hedgehogs. Consider joining and become a Hedgehog Champion.

Dangers to Hedgehogs

– Don’t feed milk or bread, this will make them ill.

– Don’t use plastic netting as this can entangle the hedgehogs and cause serious injuries.

– Slug pellets are very dangerous. Hedgehogs enjoy the odd slug, and any poison they ingest can kill.

– Check compost heaps before turning. Hogs may use them to nest and hibernate.

– Check under hedges and bushes before strimming. Strimmers can cause horrific injuries.

– Check bonfires carefully for hedgehogs. Better still rebuild them before lighting.

– If you disturb a nest please replace it and leave well alone.

– If shed doors are left open over night, don’t suddenly shut them, a hog may have made it it’s home and this will trap them. Check first.

– If a hog is seen out in the day it usually means it’s in trouble. Please contact your local hedgehog society for advice. More information can be found here-


Timelapse Bird Feeders and Stars

The feeders have been inundated with birds the last couple of weeks. We've had up to 80 siskins and some Lesser Redpolls. Pictures will follow but for now I've been trying to capture the chaos on timelapse to give a sense of the numbers that a still doesn't seem to capture. Hope you enjoy them.

Watch out for Siskins, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Robins, Sparrows, Bullfinches and even the Lesser Redpolls.



I've also been trying to capture the stars moving on timelapse too, a bit of a change from star trails. For first goes I'm quite pleased with them


And finally some clouds πŸ™‚


Finally A Fieldfare

The snow has brought in a lot of birds, Song thrushes and Mistle thrushes, but today 2 Fieldfares turned up to finally eat the apples I’ve had out. A one point today we had 17 Blackbirds, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare and 1 Song Thrush, plus all the usual numbers of Siskins and Goldfinch! The garden was heaving!


Fieldfare Head

Fieldfare and Apple

Fieldfare 4

Fieldfare 3

Fieldfare Eating Apple

Fieldfare 2

Fieldfare 1

And finally some video

It’s snowing heavily again now, let’s see what tomorrow brings!

The Snow Comes

The little fox came in before the snow


The snow started to come down

The snow started to stick to the fox

By light it was quite thick


I had set up the camera to take a time lapse of the snow falling overnight. Didn’t get it all as the batteries ran out, but it gives you quite a good idea of the fall.


The garden was packed with birds from first light. I cleared some patches of ground and put down seeds and apples for some of the ground feeding birds


They were queueing up


The feeders were covered in snow


But lots of birds

Birds On Feeders In Snow

I also did a quick time lapse of the birds on the feeders again


The plants were drooping under the weight of snow


The side garden was still deep with snow, and no footprints πŸ™‚


The garden looks very pretty at night, it never ceases to amaze me how light it is at night when it’s been snowing

Garden At Night In Snow

Night Snowy Garden

Night Tree

We also went for a walk by the river with the dogs


You need to be careful in woods though, a large branch broke under the weight of the snow


The dogs enjoyed it






A Busy Garden

The cold spell has brought a lot of birds into the garden and on the feeders. We’ve had the usual suspects, Siskins, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Magpies, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, House Sparrow, Bullfinch, Robins and Dunnocks + an occasional Song Thrush.

I tried a timelapse of the feeders today, I think it worked quite well. How many species can you spot (no pausing!)?

I also caught a lot of Magpies on the trail cam eating the food the fox had left.

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Slimbridge – First Trip Of Year

We went to Slimbridge for the first time this year, one of my favourite places on earth. Got the year list off to a good start, an easy 48 species, but we missed the Bittern and Water Rail, but you can’t have it all πŸ™‚

There are 1000s of birds there at the moment, James Lees count 7400 lapwings, 1000 Golden Plover, 210 While Fronted Geese, 200 Bewick’s and loads and loads of Ducks! Great Viewing!

Bewick Swan
Bewicks Swan

Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull

Just a few waders
A Field Of Waders

What can you see in here?
Some Waders

Then near the end of the day the geese are flying around
Graylag Geese In Flight

As always a great day