Autumn is the time where leaves on trees turn all different colours e.g. red, brown, orange and yellow.
Why does this happen?
In the spring leaves are green because they have chlorophyll which helps the leaves use the sun light to create sugar for the plant. In winter when there is not so much light they can’t make food so they go through a process called abscission-this is where they shed their leaves but before they do that they take out all the valuable materials and that’s what leads to the change in colour.
Things to do in Autumn:
- Collect leaves and conkers
- Pick blackberries and make blackberry jam
- Look out for spiders webs- they are very beautiful because the spiders web collects dew and it looks absolutely wonderful
- Look after hedgehogs in your garden by building a home for them and leave water and food out for them (but not bread and milk)
- Watch a starling murmuration – this really incredible sight happens in Autumn and Winter. HUGE flocks of starlings come together just before it gets dark and fly around making stunning patterns in the sky. We went to see some starlings at Shell Bay in Dorset and I loved it more than anything. If you want to see a murmuration then this website has maps and information to tell you where to go.
6. WATCH AUTUMNWATCH! You should watch it because it shows you lots of things about AUTUMN and what you can hear and see.
On Saturday 19th August we went to Bird Fair. This is held every year at Rutland Nature Reserve.
Bird Fair is an event that celebrates birds and other wildlife. There were lots of stands, lots of things to do and talks that you can listen to. My favourite part of the day was listening to CHRIS PACKHAM because he is my hero, I saw him and it was the perfect time to say hello to him but I was too embarrassed. He was there doing lots of talks about his photography and wildlife.
We love Chris Packham!
The BTO (British Trust of Ornithology) had a stand and they were ringing birds. Also they record their wing span and weigh them and they do this so they can keep track of them if they are found again. This was really fascinating and the best bit was, they caught a Sparrowhawk and I was allowed to go right to the front to look at it. They also caught lots of other birds like a baby Robin, Blue tits, Great tits and other birds.
Also I went on a bug hunt organised by the RSPB I learned how use a pooter and sweep for bugs using a special net.
sweeping for bugs
Me bug hunting
There were lots of stalls and stands and the people were very nice and friendly and I got lots of leaflets and info.We had a nice chat to a man from Birders Against Wildlife Crime and he gave me some stickers for my class as I want them to learn about Hen Harrier Day. Hen Harrier Day is to raise money and awareness about people shooting hen harriers illegally. This makes me really sad and I want to stop them dying out.
BIRD FAIR WAS AWESOME!!!!
30 days wild is something to participate in for the month of June. It is run by the Wildlife Trust and the idea is that you make a promise to do something wild every day in June.
Here are some of the things I did for 30 days wild.
- Mammal trap. We made a mammal trap out of boxes to see what wildlife visit our garden at night. This will not hurt the animals- the idea is that they walk over the paint to get to the food and they leave footprints. Sadly. we didn’t get any visitors this time but we will try again another time.
2. 10 minute survey. We did a 10min bug and bird survey to see what bugs and birds are in our garden.
3. Drawing wildlife. We are members of the RSPB and often get a magazine and in the latest one it showed me how to draw owls.
4. Hatching butterflies. Each year we get caterpillars from Insect Lore and we enjoy watching them grow and transform into butterflies.
5. Planting Beans.
6. Other thing we did:
Lots of walks in the park, Bird watching, Bug hunting, examined the frogs in our pond, watched Springwatch, looked at wildlife web cams, read about wildlife, sewed a wildlife picture, made a bee drinking station, fed the birds……..and more
In this Blog post I am going to tell you about all the things I have in my garden that attract nature. It is really easy to get wildlife in your garden, no matter how big or small it is and it is really exiting to watch them. Here are some of the things we have in our garden:
- A bird feeder . We feed our birds lots of healthy things like seed, live mealworms, fruit and suet balls. It is important to give these sorts of food rather than bread because it is not very healthy. We always give them mealworms in the Spring so they can feed their babies because they are full of protein.
2. Nest boxes. It is important to have nest boxes because they help birds that like to nest in the holes in old trees.
3. Pond and insect home. We have a small pond in our garden, ponds are good for lots of wildlife such as pond skaters,water beetles and pond snails; dragonflies and damselflies and frogs and toads. They also provide water for our garden birds. Our bug hotel provides a home for all sorts of insects such as Bees, Wasps, beetles, centipedes, spiders, and woodlice.
4. Hedgehog house. We recently built a hedgehog house out of bits of recycled wood. Hedgehogs are declining so we thought we would help them out. We can help them by putting a hole in our garden fences so they can get in and out. They like to eat snails and slugs so you must not put down slug poison in your garden. Feed them dog or cat food but not bread and milk as it gives them a tummy ache.
5.Bee Drinking station. Bees need to drink water but they can drown in ponds. We made our own out of a shallow dish and some pebbles.
Why don’t you add some of these in your garden?
Me in Farnham Park
This is Farnham Park. I love walking here because there is a lot of nature to look at. There are wild flower meadows, old trees, ponds and streams which means habitats for nature. One of my favourite things are birds of prey, and Farnham Park has loads. I often see Red Kites and Buzzards, I have heard Tawny Owls and there are Kestrels nesting which is really exciting!
Earlier this year me and my mum woke up at 4:00am and we went on a dawn chorus walk. The dawn chorus happens in Spring, where all the male birds are singing loudly to defend their territory and to attract females.
I really enjoyed it, the birds were very noisy and it was lovely to see the sun rising and the mist.
- Me watching the sun rise