The all things Natural HIstory thread Page 25

  • mattshark 26 Jan 2018 19:30:01 820 posts
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    @JoelStinty Cheers mate, I'd love to get down there and see you marine life at some point. I really want to see the sharks out there too.
  • smoothpete 20 Feb 2018 10:38:11 35,755 posts
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    There was a badger in my garden last night :) I was out about midnight having a smoke and heard him crunching through the bushes so I ninja'ed my way to the edge of the patio and watched him snuffle around for a bit. It was really cool! I have seen one it next door's garden but never ours. We seem to get all sorts, muntjacs, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs.

    Does anyone have a wildlife camera? One of those motion sensitive infrared thingybobs

    Edited by smoothpete at 11:05:02 20-02-2018
  • Alastair 20 Feb 2018 10:49:31 23,547 posts
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    Nice.
    I've never seen a live badger..
  • DaM 20 Feb 2018 11:11:30 17,323 posts
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    I've only seen one once, ran in front of me at night on a country road. I called out "Badger" no one else believed me though.

    The dog has been sniffing about the patio over the past few days, but I was out last night, and Frog Season has arrived (she has 2 annual events, Apple Season, and Frog Season).

    The are all humping away in the pond, croaking and splashing. I'm not convinced she won't eat them, so have to keep an eye on her.
  • DaM 20 Feb 2018 11:14:10 17,323 posts
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    We got one of these.

    It wasn't that price, must have been a sale!

    Got it mainly for the driveway, but it picks up animals too. It labels each alert as human, animal or car.

    We get foxes and magpies. It falsely labelled my son as an animal when he was cavorting in the snow in his onsie (it had an animal print) :)
  • rice_sandwich 29 Jun 2018 08:33:19 5,474 posts
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    https://www.chrispackham.co.uk/chris-packhams-uk-bioblitz-2018

    A bit of citizen science coming to various places throughout the UK.

    I've been doing a bit of moth spotting and general garden logging lately.
  • RawShark 2 Jul 2018 12:01:58 571 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:

    I've been doing a bit of moth spotting and general garden logging lately.
    I read that as "general garden dogging" the first time round. :D

    Been noticing plenty of bumblebees around the gardens this year. Hope that's a positive sign.
  • Alastair 2 Jul 2018 12:08:58 23,547 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    Nice.
    I've never seen a live badger..
    I saw a live badger at the weekend while on Scout camp in Oxfordshire. :)
  • Alastair 2 Jul 2018 12:11:13 23,547 posts
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    Also, I recommend reading Wilding by Isabella Tree. About a farm that stopped farming and 'rewilded' the land. The amount of wildlife that returned is amazing!

    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07771D35D/
  • rice_sandwich 2 Jul 2018 12:19:10 5,474 posts
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    @Alastair

    It's on my list but I've got a fair bit to get through so I'll wait for the paperback edition.
  • Alastair 2 Jul 2018 12:24:11 23,547 posts
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    I read it on Kindle, but I think I will buy it again in paperback as the pictures will be clearer.
  • brokenkey 2 Jul 2018 13:53:30 10,234 posts
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    We have a game we play in the car on long journeys with the kids called Roadkill. 4 points for anything dead you see with 4 legs, 2 points for anything dead with 2 legs. 1 point for anything dead with an indeterminate number of legs.

    It's a great way to get kids looking out for wild"life".
  • Alastair 2 Jul 2018 13:54:36 23,547 posts
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    You've got to stop running animals over while you're driving along!
  • Fake_Blood 2 Jul 2018 13:59:53 9,485 posts
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    Oh look a family of ducks crossing the road.
    Oooooone hundred and eeeeighty!
  • rice_sandwich 2 Jul 2018 14:04:44 5,474 posts
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    We play horse spotting like in the film Eagle v Shark. Bonus points for foxes or other seldom spotted wildlife, none for deer as they are so numerous.
  • rice_sandwich 24 Feb 2019 09:12:54 5,474 posts
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    A lot of the ladybirds in my garden are waking from hibernation. They found refuge in the various dead plants that I neglected to clear away last summer
  • JoelStinty 24 Feb 2019 10:00:56 7,839 posts
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    We got a new puppy which is terrorising our front garden so i don't think we'll have much in our garden this year :) Have been out on a couple of walks and seen about 10 seals so far.

    I want to see if i can join a conservation team somewhere at some point, the only one i really know of locally is keeping an eye on some choughs over at the lizard. Quite interested in maybe doing some wild flower planting and observing insect and bird numbers.
  • DaM 25 Feb 2019 11:49:43 17,323 posts
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    Our frogs are back at it. Thought they were early this year, but reading above, looks about normal.
  • Alastair 25 Feb 2019 11:57:28 23,547 posts
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    Heard a few woodpeckers hammering away in the trees while playing golf at the weekend.
  • Salaman 25 Feb 2019 12:27:04 23,614 posts
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    There was a toad by our front door earlier this week.
  • JoelStinty 25 Feb 2019 14:08:14 7,839 posts
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    Seeing that a place in wales recorded over 20c today. First time ever on record for winter.
  • rice_sandwich 25 Feb 2019 14:22:41 5,474 posts
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    I was thinking about my natural history skills & knowledge.

    Birds: fairly good. I can identify all common birds and lots of lesser encountered species.

    Fungi: hopeless. I know nothing. I will probably die if I go mushroom picking.

    Plants / Trees: decent knowledge of garden plants but very lacking in relation to wild plants. I can identify maybe a dozen common weeds that grow everywhere. I can identify maybe half a dozen trees.

    Insects: I can identify a few butterflies and various other insects. Lots of room for improvement.

    Mammals: Average. Not good on rodents and lesser encountered mammals such as weasels, stoats, pine martens etc.

    Sealife: Almost nothing. I can't tell a dolphin from a porpoise or tell the difference between shells. I know there are different species of seals but can't tell them apart. As for fish I know what a mackeral looks like.
  • Alastair 25 Feb 2019 14:52:43 23,547 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    I was thinking about my natural history skills & knowledge.

    Mammals: Average. Not good on rodents and lesser encountered mammals such as weasels, stoats, pine martens etc.

    Sealife: Almost nothing. I can't tell a dolphin from a porpoise or tell the difference between shells. I know there are different species of seals but can't tell them apart. As for fish I know what a mackeral looks like.
    How many wild mammals and seals do you regularly see?
    I wouldn't stress on your knowledge of stuff you don't encounter. If you can recognise the stuff you see fairly regularly, then I would say you're doing just fine. That way, when you see something you don't recognise, you'll realise and can go and look it up.
  • rice_sandwich 25 Feb 2019 15:00:52 5,474 posts
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    @Alastair

    Foxes, squirrels and roe deer are the only ones I see regularly. I sometimes see what looks like rats and mice well. I'm not by the coast so only see seals and sealife when travelling.
  • smoothpete 15 Apr 2019 19:24:29 35,755 posts
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    I saw a male duck rape another male duck today. Nature is amazing
  • SonShine 15 Apr 2019 19:29:24 249 posts
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    That's why you don't want to be a sitting duck.
  • smoothpete 16 Apr 2019 17:28:48 35,755 posts
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    I donít think that duck will be sitting down anytime soon after that.

    Iím going off ducks tbh. Hereís a lady one I just found, who I think has probably been raped to death

    http://tinypic.com/r/23sx34o/9
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 16 Apr 2019 18:14:43 19,710 posts
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    Ducks are cunts by all accounts. There's a arms race going on between duck vaginas and duck penis because they're so rapey. Lady ducks have evolved deep corkscrew vaginas to try and prevent them being raped so much. Its why ducks have giant curly dicks.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 16 Apr 2019 18:16:27 19,710 posts
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    Look at this cunt!

  • fontgeeksogood 16 Apr 2019 18:17:35 6,042 posts
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    /Morgan Freeman There goes that old mallard....raping that other, dead mallard. In a dance as old as time
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