Today I had an enjoyable visit to Burton Mere even though there wasn't too much birdlife about apart from the odd Black Tailed Godwit and a few Redshank. (No Smew).
I saw for the first time at Burton Mere a few Siskins which were really nice, but I wonder how many children and adults would know what one is? Since watching the recent David Attenborough programmes I keep thinking more and more about what wildlife will still be around when I grow up. I no longer just enjoy wildlife, I now really want to protect it too.
This wonderful male Chaffinch was just sitting fluffed up on a branch; you may think they loook a little boring since they are common, but the bird world wouldn't make sense without them. Sadly it looks like this one had quite bad bumble foot on both feet. I learnt all about bumble foot at a recent BTO ringing demonstration.
I saw plenty of rats, which were nice to see even though people dislike them. Every part of nature has a part to play in natural life cycles; trees, birds and even ants. People shouldn't dislike rats as they are an important part of the food chain. I bet a few raptors would like a juicy rat to chew on!
Possibly one of my favourite garden birds, the Great Tit was really thriving today.
As I was walking round today, I couldn't help think about the nature days in my school which I am trying to set up. I have already told my head teacher about it and I am really interested in getting young people interested, not just for the fun of it, but for the future of it too..........
Would anyone like to be my first guest speaker in school to help me really get this going.