Below: Lola who is the fastest moving little cat I've ever seen. Last week I saw her with a juvenile rat she killed in the garden. Look at her....
Below: Albinistic jackdaw.
I can now say that I have seen at least three common shrews (front garden and back). So they are back here in some strength. There are also field mice and, as the now friendly but still semi wild Lola has shown, the occasional rat (building work nearby is disturbing them so they come into my garden!).
Slow worms -never had my camera on me. Same thing for a Common lizard and I've seen these in the past so they are here.
From last year and apologies for any naughty words!
First photo of female hedgehog 2009
Below: Young Hedgehog out in April 2011 and really needed feeding!
Below: Sow and young 2011
All below 2016. Male and at least two females known in this garden.
Feral (dumped racing) pigeons
Hedge sparrow (Dunnock)
Robin (year round)
Long Tailed Tit
Jackdaws (the above three birds are here all year round and have plenty of young (3rd lot jackdaws this year just coming in)
there are other, occasional birds but these are the main ones.
Below the female squirrel whose activities I've documented on Face Book!
Below: outside my window -two Mallow bushes (in pots) and in the middle a tiny willow. The rest is all wild flower and Nigella.
I have noted, this year, an increase in the number of different beetle types -probably due to all the wet weather we've had. Not seen this many for years.
What makes me sad is that I have spent 1994 -2016 spreading wild flower seeds around the area, treated manged foxes, taken in injured and sick birds -including feral pigeons,planted to encourage wild life and increased food for various birds (seen a rise in starling young each year and this year a huge number of Marsh tits) and am thinking of a new shallow pond. Twenty three years and I have to remember that from an area with not much wildlife I, and a couple aged compatriots who do their bit when they can, or could (one died recently) have seen it increase in leaps and bounds to what it is today. There is no protection for the property as it is City Council owned and if I get moved on or something happens to me...it all goes.
But we do what we can while we are here and I urge everyone to do the same!