“The mean temperature for March was provisionally 1.5 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average, making it the coldest March since 2013. It was a dry month in Cumbria and north Lancashire but wet elsewhere, and with 160% of average rainfall it was the joint 7th wettest March in a series from 1910, and the wettest March since 1981. Some parts of the south and south-west, the Midlands and the north-east had well over twice the average monthly rainfall. Sunshine was close to average in Cumbria, north Lancashire and west Cornwall but below average elsewhere, with 75% of average overall.“ (Met Office, 2018)
Ipswich Wildlife Watch
British Science Week
During the week commencing 9th March, it was British Science Week. Where schools and youth groups celebrate the sciences and discoveries carried out through the ages by the leading British scientists of time. As our youth group is involved in wildlife, the scientists we were looking at all had a hand in the information we know today regarding ecology and conservation. The likes of Charles Darwin and Alexander von Humboldt. Both whom are great naturalists of their time.
To get the kids involved with learning the kinds of things these scientists did we sent them round the nearby wildlife gardens looking for the little info cards we had placed in bushes and trees. Each info card informed them of a scientist and of his/hers contribution to wildlife science. After each child had done this they were free to come to one of five activity tables. I was taking care of the activity that I knew most about which was identifying birds from their wings. The wings were ethically sourced before anyone comments. Some of the children were very inquisitive asking lots of questions about the species which was wonderful for me to be able to pass on my knowledge. They were able to create fake poo after looking at Coprolite, this meant getting slightly messy which obviously the kids enjoyed. Hopefully though, every left learning something new, including me, which was how to identify Coprolite, which is still difficult.
Ipswich Young Wardens
Adding to the Minibeast Hotel
We have recently purchased a Trail Camera for our garden after borrow the local Wildlife Trusts. We have it placed at the back of the garden looking down towards the pond. These are the areas that we see the most action from wildlife. The right side of the camera working towards the house we have;
- Shed, suspected to be home to mice
- Log pile, home to spiders and invertebrates
- Open bottomed composter, sits on bricks with gaps between
- Wildlife flower border, butterflies and moths
- Pond, home to frogs as well as a water source
This makes for a good track for garden dwelling wildlife like the hedgehog.
Bibliography Met Office. (2018). March 2018. [online] Available at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2018/march [Accessed 9 Jun. 2018].