I’ve finally got round to writing my first blog of the year. (Better late than never) I have been busy with various things since my last blog, most of which have been boring mundane stuff but, one of them was writing my first ever wildlife article for a newsletter. The article was called ‘Wildlife On Your Doorstep’ and was for the Cheshire Environmental Records Centre newsletter. I had so much fun writing it and hope those that read the article enjoyed it.
Here’s what else I have been doing in the garden since then…….
At the weekend I decided I would have a bit of a tidy up in the garden and my tasks for the day were to make sure the ponds, bird baths and feeders had a good clean.
The ponds are situated in the orchard so had collected many leaves but I had to tread carefully as I noticed bulbs poking out from the leaf litter and grass. (My job for next weekend is to put canes in the ground where the bulbs are coming up so as not to step on them)
I gently and carefully started to scoop the leaves out of the pond a bit at a time making sure I put any debris by the pond just incase any pond life was hidden there. Whilst scooping out the leaves I saw a number of water slaters and pond snails.
I didn’t tidy up the sides of one of the ponds as it is a newt breeding pond and they lay lots of eggs amongst the vegetation there.
As I scooped the leaves out of the other pond I found a large frog hiding at the bottom. I swiftly apologised for disturbing it, put it back in the water and gently topped up the pond using water from the near-by water butt.
Next on my to-do list was to give the feeders and bird baths a real good clean; so out come the washing up gloves, scrubbing brush and disinfectant. There are about 7-8 bird baths and many feeders in the garden so it took a good while to clean them all thoroughly. There was a blue tit, blackbird, robin and little wren watching me as I walked around the garden with a watering can filling up their baths.
Before I went inside I cut some apples in half and placed them around the garden. Blackbirds, squirrels and foxes absolutely love eating them at this time of year.
Here are some things that you can do in your garden at this time of year.
Put feed out for the birds and clean their baths.
Make sure you check that ponds and bird baths don’t freeze over.
Put bird boxes up in the garden.
Give the pond a little tidy ready for Spring.
Listen out for woodpeckers, watch out for those beautiful waxwings and look out for those bulbs just poking up from the frosty ground.
and lastly….make yourself warm and cosy, have a nice hot drink and start planning what you’ll be planting in the garden come Spring.