Wildlife web cams now up for Spring/Summer

 

 

This is my new page where I will be putting photos and web cam footage of wildlife in our garden. So far we have hedgehog cam and Boris Box (Blue tits). I record footage and post it that day or as soon as I can. I hope blog followers might like to join me!

Our garden has been home to many birds, sparrow hawk, slow worm, foxes, hedgehogs and a range of bugs and insects!

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Our new pond for wildlife

Before

Our pond was home to frogs, toads, dragonflies, newts and even a baby grass snake. Then it sprang a leak and as the water disappeared so did the wildlife.

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After

I designed our new wildlife pond and apart from Spring plants it’s ready for critters to move in.

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I used an Atlantis fibreglass pond and the tumbled pebbles are paddle stones – welsh green slate of course. They look white in dry weather and turn green when wet. All the plants are high butterfly and insect attractors.

The large plum coloured slate stones have holes in them so I planted Lime Moss for maximum contrast. They are raised above the ground slightly so toads and bugs can discover them for a possible winter home.

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

A lovely afternoon here and it’s right off the main road – so easy to get to.

Clocked up 2 miles following a straight path walk by some of the lakes. We got close to some bunnies, saw some busy bees nesting at the side of a bird hide and quite a few butterflies, dragonflies and damsel flies.

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A short video of the reserve.

 

 

 

 

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The paths were pretty good but you do need binoculars to see the water birds.  There are accessible toilets and smooth car park spaces. The Grebe Hide has a ramp to one of the windows but you can’t see the bird feeders or anything through the side windows. Kevin did the bee video for me to see what they were doing.

 

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Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent

Red Panda

You have to admit it,  Jasper the red panda is very cute. We saw him on our day out at Wingham Wildlife Park on Saturday. We took my nephew (who’s 3 and a half) and my mum-in-law, and arrived for lunch after about an hours drive.

The park was taken over in 2008 so it was a mixture of new animal enclosures and the old tatty run down parts which are on their list for redoing. In fact, they had started to build the new entrance/cafe/gift shop when we went in – and it’s badly needed. They currently have a small cafe with a reasonable selection of food  (sandwiches, burgers, jacket potatoes and all day breakfasts for example). However, their cafe furniture in a small, none ventilated room was pretty unpleasant if you don’t like the heat. Outside are modern, metal bistro type tables – but it was rather breezy and I didn’t fancy my hair becoming part of my chilli and cheese jacket potato. I suppose you have to watch the pennies when you are doing up a park – but charging for sauce condiments and not having serviettes was a bit much. That said, I enjoyed my lunch and my nephew was now fuelled on cheese sandwiches.

Wingham WIldlife Park -Louise - 01Teddy came with us and travelled on my knee until such a time where he didn’t seem to mind being hung on the back of my chair in a plastic bag. Teddy had been immediately abandoned for a blue snake from the gift shop which was now exploring the park with my nephew. Life can be hard for a bear.

Getting around

Although a little bumpy (lots of uneven terrain), and with Teddy hanging on for his life, we covered the whole park and still had quite some time in the play area. I always like the walk through enclosures with the hope of standing next to the animals. In this park you can do this with the flamingos and lemurs.  I managed to stand within 3 few feet of a flamingo – just before an idiot tried to stand right on their bank thus scattering them into the water. I guess some people really don’t know how to behave around animals.

Seeing the animals

The park had lots of small animals, a few large cats and a handful of penguins (in a new and modern environment) . My nephew flitted from one to the other with his 20 second attention span. The wolves and reptiles won over a few more seconds and we saw the crocodiles being fed.  He managed to turn into an attraction himself at one point when he ran towards the meerkats and his trousers fell down.

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For a new enclosure, it was a shame that the wooden walkway around the pool didn’t have enough space to pass people, well not in a wheelchair. I only just managed to squeeze past the prams in my small chair – otherwise it was single file. If they had just allowed another 6 inches this could have been avoided.

Sometimes the viewing experience from a low height is not the best – and reptile houses are usually the worst. Here is an example at Wingham. It also give you the perspective of what the park experience might be for a small child.

This is what standing people see:

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This is what I see:

Wheelchair user view of crocodile

Still, the sun shone and we had quite a good day all in all.