Wildlife watch 2014

DecemberGreat Tits, Blue Tits, Greater Spotted woodpecker (courtship displays), Crows (courtship displays) Robin, Blackbirds, wren

November Great Tits, Blue Tits, Greater Spotted woodpecker (courtship displays), Robin

October -  Great Tits, Blue Tits, Greater Spotted woodpecker, Robin

September - Shrew, frogs, Woodmice, Wrens, Robin, Great tit, Great spotted woodpecker, Buzzard, Sparrow hawks, Grey squirrels.

August - Baby Green Woodpecker, Common Toad, Jersey Tiger Moth, Rabbits, Grey Squirrel, Wood Mice

July - Unknown Bat, Smooth Newt, Common Frog, Common Toad, Common Tern, Sparrow Hawk Male

June - Goldfinch, Robins with Babies, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Blue tits, Great Tits

May - Goldfinch, Robin, Dunnock, Crow,  Long tailed tit, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, 

April - Swallows, Palmate Newt, Common Toad, Sparrow Hawk Female,  Long tailed tit, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robins, Dunnock

March - Dog Violet, Bluebells, Buzzard, Long tailed tit, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robins, Dunnock

February (Moved to Dorset) - Primrose, Daffodil, Long tailed tit, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robins, Dunnock, Grape Hyacinths


Since  moving to Dorset I have had so many Wildlife first encounters it's been amazing from getting up close to badgers though to seeing flocks of 100's of birds.

Bird Cake Recipe 1 (microwaveable)

This is a recipe I've found that goes down quite well, You may need to change some of the amounts

Equipment:  60ml Spoon/scoop, Pyrex bowl, Blender/dice machine, cupcake mold (6 hole),teaspoon.

Ingredient: (In blended state where mentioned)
                  1 Spoonful of Blended Sunflower Hearts (Blended to lumpy crumb) ,
                  2 Spoonfuls of pre blended Peanuts (Blended to a fine flour/crumb),

                  1 Spoonful of blended dried mealworms
                  1 Spoon of whole meal worms (can change to millet of another seed)
                  5 Spoons of Suet

                  2cm slice of lard
                  Lump of lard for greasing mold

 Prep: Using the large grease the mold. Blend down the  Sunflower hearts, mealworms and peanuts till you get the desired amounts, keep any left overs to the side as you may need them at the end.

To Make:

Place the remains of the lard in the Pyrex bowl and microwave for around 30 seconds till it starts to melt (it needs more heat than suet to melt)
Place the Suet in the Pyrex bowl with the semi melted lard.
Microwave for around 40 seconds, Take your teaspoon and mix (bowl will get very hot)
Microwave for a further 30 seconds, and stire, keep doing this until mixture is semi clear. and very liquid like.

Taking the mold pour in the melted fats half way in each mold,
Spoon in the dried mixture  and with the end of the spoon give a little mix as you do, with the remaining fat reheat for 10 seconds in the microwave and pour over the tops of the cakes to seal the mixture. Take the whole sunflowers and pour a few in to the new fat. Push these down with the spoon. If they look like theres to much fat and not much dry ingredient then add in any spare you have and push down with the spoon.

Leave to cool for an hour then place in fridge for a day or two.

This one below was made in a bigger individual mold as you can see the back has whole sunflowers on.

Bird food Types

Fat Block recipe Mix:

Suet (Animal/ Vegetable)
Ground meal worms, Daphnia, water flies
Ground peanuts
Ground Sunflower hearts
Mixed seed
Dried Berries

Individual/ Straight foods:

Red Millet/ White Millet
Peanuts (Whole /Kibbled)
Sunflower hearts
Sunflowers with shell
Canary Seed
Poppy Seed
Lawn Grass Seed
Pumpkin Seed
Nyjer Seed
Rape Seed

Dried Fruit (Soaked overnight)
Grated Cheese
Meal worms (Live/ Dried)
Suet Blocks
Cooked potato