We are a huge fan of nature watching here. Whether it’s wildlife programs on the TV (the Spring Watch / Winter Watch /Autumn Watch episodes are a particularly favourite, along with David Attenborough shows, and anything hosted by Chris Packham), or better still, capturing nature’s magic whilst out and about, I don’t think our enthusiasm will ever wane.
One thing that we very aware of living here is that we have a wide variety of birds in the area. The tap tap knocking of woodpeckers often accompany me as I set about the morning animal chores, and the toot-tooting of nearby owls often accompany me in the evening as I potter around bedding everyone down for the night.
During the day we have many feathered visitors, including Nuthatches, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Jays, Sparrows, Blackbirds, and the occasional wren. We always try to ensure that clean water is provided for them, which they seem to appreciate even though we have plenty of water receptacles and a stream running along our drive. On the bird feeders we have numerous fat ball holders, peanuts, and a particular favourite at the moment is the sunflower hearts.
I really want to start a nature journal this year, with some sort of drawing or painting incorporated. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now and I think the younger ones are old enough to enjoy the process now.