Starting with wildlife close to home – With all the snow around, I made sure to fill up our bird feeders and remove the soggy seeds tonight so they have food to eat. The birds need to eat more in the cold weather so make sure you put some food out if you can.
Tonight I watched ‘Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild’ on channel 5. It was really interesting – I recommend it. It was fast-moving between the different wildlife so it kept my interest. I made a note of some of the most interesting stories because it was refreshing to learn something new:
- Dippers are very territorial and many generations will use the same nest.
- The UK is home to half of the worlds bluebells. Nowhere else in Europe are there bluebell fields like ours.
- Red Kites feed on the afterbirth of lambs being born.
- Wood ants fix their nest with pine needles they find on the forest floor. They scavenge fish scraps (fish scales) from nearby Osprey nests.
- Mink were brought in in the 1930s for the fur trade, but some escaped. They eat water voles near Loch Lomond. However, the mink were removed by humans, who then reintroduced 1000 water voles, so the water voles are now thriving.