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Photo of the Week #6

Sphaerophoria Sp. - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Sphaerophoria Sp. - Great Holm, Milton Keynes


Creating a Nature Notebook

Making a Nature Notebook
After yesterday's scavenger hunt, we had all the items we needed in order to create a Nature Notebook for Bo to use throughout the summer holidays. It is a simple affair, and old note book with a newly designed and made front cover, the fun will come as much from filling it as it did from creating the masterpiece. The effort of two days and a lot of glue, but it was well worth it.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger hunt Summer Hols 2014
Nature Scavenger hunt Summer Hols 2014
So the summer holidays have hit (today is the first official day off although Bo's perfect attendance at school last term was ruined by becoming ill for the last two days) and we have started this afternoon by going on a scavenger hunt with a nature theme, one of the items listed in my 15 Top Summer Holiday Activities for Kids. The idea is that Bo was to find a number of nature/outdoor related items (see list below) while we were out for a walk (she had mine and her mums help) in order to complete the hunt. None of the listed items would cause harm to the local environment if taken (with one exception that was put back as soon as we could without harm).

Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count 2014
Big Butterfly Count 2014
It is that time of year again for the Big Butterfly Count, now entering its forth year. Originally started in 2010 by Butterfly Conservation (a wonderful organisation who still run the count) the big butterfly count it is a nationwide (UK) survey to assess the state of British Butterflies (and day flying moths) where the general public give details of butterflies in their area. The survey takes place between July 19th and August 10th, so there is plenty of time to get involved and do your count.

As avid lepidoptery fans our family will be taking part as best we can and as much as we can over the time period.

Garden Wildlife

Yellow Flower from my garden
Yellow Flower from my garden
Think you don't have time to look at wildlife today (or any day)? Too busy for that long walk? Well how about spending a few minutes (even a few hours) searching the micro habitat that is your back garden, you will be amazed at what you can find in a humble urban garden. This is exactly what I did today, after a bout of food shopping this morning, there was little time for a walk before school finished and so I decided to grab the camera and explore the undergrowth in my small urban (Milton Keynes) garden.

Photo of the Week #5

I've now settled on a Tuesday for my Photo of the week posts, if it clashes with another post you'll just get two posts that day!

Episyrphus Balteatus - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes