Halloween, huddling up and harvest time

As Halloween approaches thoughts turn to creatures of the night, fluttering bats and swooping owls. Owls are fascinating birds with heads that can rotate up to 270 degrees, asymmetrical ears and three eyelids! Their upper eyelid is for blinking, the lower eyelid closes when the owl is asleep and the third is called a nictitating… Continue reading Halloween, huddling up and harvest time

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Autumnal colours and flavours

Colourful goldfinches are now a common sight in our gardens with 2018’s RSPB’s Big Garden Watch confirming their numbers are still on the up. With a rise of 11% since 2017 they are now at number 6 in the top 20 birds seen. (Photo above - credit Neil Aldridge) Studies have found their favourite foods… Continue reading Autumnal colours and flavours

Be a wildlife hero

Reflecting on the heat wave Up to the 17th July central England only had 3mm of rain and those drought conditions had a big impact on our wildlife. If you have a garden or outdoor space you can help! Lightly dig over hard ground to help birds find worms or soak some dried mealworms to… Continue reading Be a wildlife hero

30 Days Wild – the 1st five days!

Vicky Page shares her first five days of #30DaysWild with her family in Warwickshire! #30DaysWild Day 1 - June is here at last! My challenge for today was trying to catch a bumblebee in focus, as the evening sun shone through the geraniums at the bottom of the garden. I love how they fly around… Continue reading 30 Days Wild – the 1st five days!

Summer’s glow, bugs galore and balsam

Summer’s glow Did you know glow worms are real? They sound like fairy-tale creatures but in reality they look like an elongated woodlouse! It’s actually only the females that glow and they do so to attract the flying males. As the females can’t fly they wait on the edge of vegetation and the end of… Continue reading Summer’s glow, bugs galore and balsam

TEaM visit the Bluebells of Bubbenhall

On Wednesday May 9th, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust minibus left Coventry carrying people from the city who are part of The Environment and Me project (TEaM). The destination was Bubbenhall Wood and the aim was to experience the wonderful bluebell display that sometimes carpets the wood. On arrival we walked the circular pathway looking at the… Continue reading TEaM visit the Bluebells of Bubbenhall

Meeting moths… fluffy faces and feathery antennae!

Sarah, our Wildlife Site Surveyor for the Habitat Biodiversity Audit, shares her new passion - moths! I love the variety of them, their colours, fluffy faces and feathery antennae as well as the most incredible fanciful names. I recently had the great privilege of being able to join some serious lepidopterists for a night of… Continue reading Meeting moths… fluffy faces and feathery antennae!

Spring time inspiration: perfect shots, peregrines and picking pungent greens

Vivid lime-green leaves unfurling, shiny, spotty ladybirds crawling out of hibernation and zooming flocks of starlings creating mesmerising murmurations! These spring sights and more may inspire you to try to capture these moments on film, or maybe simply on your mobile! You don’t need professional equipment to get started; for example, if you don’t have… Continue reading Spring time inspiration: perfect shots, peregrines and picking pungent greens

Reflecting on the launch of the 25 Year Environment Plan – what will it mean for Warwickshire’s wildlife?

In January 2018 Teresa May launched the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, setting out how the UK Government aims to clean up our air and water, restore wildlife, and create a greener country for us all over the next 25 years.  In Warwickshire we welcome the news that the Government has finally recognised the importance… Continue reading Reflecting on the launch of the 25 Year Environment Plan – what will it mean for Warwickshire’s wildlife?

Every child wild!

It’s freezing and wet but our Nature Tots are out in force, wearing their wellies for a splash through the puddles while they collect catkins, leaves and feathers to stick on a picture. They are loving the freedom of being outside. A week later at St Mary & St Benedict Catholic Primary School in Hillfields, inner… Continue reading Every child wild!