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It's National Wildlife Week ...

What wildlife is there in your garden …?

With a small stream running through the garden, perhaps we are luckier than most, since a natural water source undoubtedly attracts a whole host of wild animals.

Our 'visitors' include frogs & toads, tiny fish & shrimp, dragonflies, bees and wasps, hedgehogs, pigeons, a plethora of other birds, bats, worms, beetles, woodlice, flies, spiders,

‘midges’ and mosquitoes. Stunning dragonflies are out in abundance at the moment, due to the amount of sunshine we are having. We hear the frogs’ ‘gribbets’, and we peer into the stream to watch the tiny fish and shrimp, feeding from the slightly sludgy bottom of the stream.

At the end of a busy working day, our garden is an oasis of calm – a great time to sit and relax with a cool G&T in hand. However, that calmness is soon lost, as the ‘midges’ & mosquitoes start to appear – lots of arm waving and squeals from different family members. We know we need to be quiet, for these pesky creatures could soon be gone if we do just that. Sure enough, as we quieten down, out come the bats … three of them, and we watch in wonder as they tuck into this nightly feast ritual. The bats look a lot bigger than last year ... A lasting memory pops into my head of our daughter having a bat hanging off her cardigan when we visited Longleat Safari Park one year (she was only 8 years old) and her running around screeching to “get it off”. Some 14 years later, she is able to sit back to appreciate bats in the natural environment of our garden, having just ceased being the ‘arm waving, screecher’ at the appearance of the ‘midges’ & mosquitoes!!!

Take a moment to think about how many creatures you see in your garden … you may surprise yourself?!

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