On 31st May, I took part in the Garden Bio Blitz survey, which is basically an activity where you set yourself a time period (over 24 hours) to record as many wild species as you can in your garden or in a park; plants, birds, insects anything like that. I did this for the purpose of further examination of the wildlife in the garden, as I had no where near an accurate idea of what exists there; and I was pretty pleased with the turn out.
Our grass that we have let grow wild this year
My garden is a relatively small area, however I try to attract as much wildlife as possible and I was pretty pleased with the turn out of wildlife. As I went on an adventure round the garden I came across some rather wonderful species I didn't even know existed here; i.e yellow slugs, Hedge Mustard, Honesty Plant and some other really extraordinary things.
So a little lesson is to be learnt here. Even though you may have a small garden, you never know how much is living there, in fact, like me you would probably be really surprised.
Buff Tailed Bumblebee
At the end of my count from starting at 9 a.m and finishing at 9 p.m, I counted a total of 111 different species, all of which I have entered on to iRecord as part of the count.
So next year I advise all of you to at least have a little go at the Garden Bio Blitz. Or maybe try it now and see just how many creatures and plant life you are giving a home to.
Cuckoo Spit (inside is a Frog Hopper)
Even though I saw all this wildlife I reckon there must at least 4 or 5 times as much lurking somewhere in the trees, under the logs, in the plant pots or in our long grass.
Blue Tit Fledglings
And the day was made even more special by being joined by lots of fearless fledglings.