This Autumn there have been so many Badgers out and about in The Orchard, and this is because what badgers love best is apples! We have so enjoyed seeing the trail camera footage of them snuffling around eating windfall apples from under the trees. To help the children to see what our badgers get up to we have put up the photographs from the trail camera on posts around The Orchard.
Also, new life is being found under our wood piles and bug homes, there are so many little creatures being created in the moist dark places that are to be found under logs, stones and bricks. The children love exploring and finding these exciting little minibeasts.
The trail camera has been out for several nights, with us checking it each day. We have caught our wildlife on camera every night, including fox's, rabbits and plenty of badgers. Here are a few of our favourite shots!
We set up the trail camera on Monday evening and again last night and we have been really surprised to find so much night time activity. Even as early as 8pm there are animals roaming around. We have caught a fox on camera as you can see below, although the image is not as clear as we would have liked (you can just see the fox in the bottom right hand corner of the picture). And, for the first time we have used the video option to capture live action, have a look at the video below! We just cannot believe how much goes on at night.
We were so pleased to see the badgers at last, without the camera it would never have been possible.
We have just put our new Trail Camera into action in the Orchard, we sited it just a few feet off the ground in one of the old apple trees. This is what we saw after just one evening of recording night-time activity....
How the Wildflowers and Teasels have grown, and what about our wildlife?
We photographed this beautiful orange moth in the wildflower area
and think it is a Small Skipper moth.
Below is a Meadow Brown Butterfly on the Scabious that we planted in July.
We had so much wildlife visiting us during the Summer, mainly insects and birds.
What we would like to do now is find evidence of larger animals, even perhaps some that visit only at night when we have gone home!
We have just been given a Trail Camera by our amazing PTA, look at our next Blog to see if we have found anything to show you.....