Last year I visited Wildwood Trust with a friend. We had a fantastic day out seeing lots of British wildlife. Here are some photos from the day.
I asked on twitter if slug rings work. I’ve been having slug problems! A lot of what I was planting out was being eaten and I’d had enough.
I was recommended slugbusters, and Andy Bloomfield of Slugbust.com got in contact. I was offered a sample and figured it wouldn’t hurt to see what the product looked like. I was expecting a small piece just so I could do that, but I actually was sent a whole product.
I decided to test it out 🙂
Little update on the taddies. With no newts yet, I don’t think we’ve lost many, there’s been loads of them 🙂
They’ve pretty much cleaned the pond of algae, and I worried they’d run out of food. I read that they can eat cucumber with the skin cut off so I tried that, and they seem to love it.
This was taken a week or two ago. It’s harder to see them now as the plants in the pond are doing so well. In fact I’m wondering if I now have too much hornwort! I do still see the tadpoles though and feed them. Some are the beginnings of legs I think, others are still smaller. No idea if any have grown full legs and hopped off yet, not seen any froglets so far.
The kitties are growing fast! And I am behind (of course) with getting photos up, so these are already out of date! But here are some pics of them anyway! 🙂
I’m rather behind with sorting my photos and getting blogs written, but I’ve been working on catching up, so hopefully there will be several new posts soon. For this one, let’s pretend it’s February – not so hard with the weather here today (LOTS of rain), which I why I picked these photos to start with.
Yesterday sucked. For no apparent reason I was sick 😦 So today has been great by comparison; food is amazing even if it’s bland, and it’s been fab to be outside (even if it’s currently a bit too hot for me). I hear we may get a storm later, so I’ll enjoy that if we do.
Anyway I spent some of today watching my new army of tadpoles! 😀
They’re awesome little things aren’t they?! They’re doing an excellent job of eating all the algae!!
The pond looks good as far as I can tell; I think for it’s first year (It’s 1 today if you count from filling it, or May 2nd when plants went in) it’s done well 🙂 No idea if the frogbit is alive though, guess we’ll soon see if they buds pop up from the bottom and start growing. If not I’ll have to find something else for cover.
I’ve seen at least 5 pond skaters and 2 back-swimmers, and there’s some swarms of tiny critters in there too (daphnia??).
It’s lovely watching it develop.
Following on from my last post, this is what we saw in the pond today:
This is a different section of the spawn mass (it was particularly clear today with the sun on the pond), a little further on I think; I believe we had two spawnings. They sure look like tadpoles now! But they don’t seem to be completely out of their egg jelly yet, they’re wriggling but not free swimming. Is this normal? It’s my first time!
It’s all very exciting 😀