You can help the Freshwater Habitats Trust collect data on the whereabouts of frog and toad spawn across the country by taking part in their PondNet Spawn Survey 2017.
If you have a local park or garden pond with evidence of breeding frogs and toads, or you spot some spawn while out on a walk, why not record your findings and contribute to the spawn survey? The survey will be running from now until the end of May this year to collect important data on the location of breeding frogs and toads across the country.
You can use this Recording Form to record your information and then upload the information directly to the Freshwater Habitats Trust website.
Frogs and Toads will soon be making their way to ponds and streams. Our latest Newsletter here shows the main differences between them so you will know which ones you have visiting your garden or local park.
Have you enjoyed playing in a sandpit? A sandpit can also be used to find out what wildlife is visiting your garden at night. Found out more in our latest newsletter which can be found here.
Can you tell the difference between a Bank Vole and a Field Vole? If not, download our Small Mammal Facts sheet to help you.
Every year, the BNHS recorders provide summaries of the records that have been submitted during the year. This is what the records tell us about 2015 –
- Total rainfall was lower than in 2014. March, April and June were relatively dry months, wet and windy later in year. Quite sunny early April to mid May. Otherwise 2015 was rather dull.
- 9 new species of weevils again identified, 2 of these Anthribus nebulosus and Larinus planus have been introduced into the US for pest control with limited success.
- Micro-moth recording started in 1986 with 84 species, there are now 950 recorded species. 7 new species found, inc one that had been presumed extinct in Britain.
- Whiskered Bat, Myotis mystacinus, found in Rushmere area so now 12 species in Beds.
- 92 badger road casualties.
- Dormouse monitoring in 3 sites, nests found in nest boxes but no natural nests. Birds, bees and hornets also found nesting in dormouse boxes.
- Water voles not doing well due to mink predation.
- 368 species of lichens, 8 new ones found. Search your local churchyard.
- 2 new species of hoverfly, inc 1 refound after long time. Marmalade Fly, Episyrphus balteatus, new found in each sector.
- New atlas on British flora to be published in 2020 so records will be requested as input for that.
- 1843 dragonfly records from 64 people. Numbers affected by the weather, not as many records as usual for the 2 most common, Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum, and Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum. Lesser Emperor, Anax parthenope, and Red-veined Darter, Sympetrum fonscolombii, recorded. Need to look out for Willow Emerald Damselfly, Lestes viridis, Variable Damselfly, Coenagrion pulchellum, Beautiful Demoiselle and Norfolk Hawker, Aeshna Isoceles.
- 35 species of native woodlice in Britain, 45 inc introduced species, but only 5 species recorded in Beds. Records needed to found out how many we have.
- The signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus is present but there were no records.
- 12119 butterfly records from 253 people, 37 species recorded. Numbers affected by weather, spring species did well, summer ones did not.
- In 1928, 22 species of bumblebees in Beds, now only 13. Increase in records last year for bumblebees so apparently not affected by the weather. Why?
- Not good year for recording bugs, only ~120 species found instead of ~200. 3 new species recorded though, 405 species in total.
If you would like to learn more about hibernation and the various ways different species survive winter, read our latest newsletter which can be found here.
Have you ever wondered why we have scientific names for wildlife and where they come from? If so, read our article here which explains some of the background behind this complex subject.
… is now available here and contains information about spiders and how to make a nature mobile.
The RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy run a series of events during the summer holidays:
Mini-beast Safari: These are focused mainly for the younger children and take place in a small area of the reserve away from the trails.
- Tuesday 28th July 10:30-12:00pm
- Monday 3rd August: 2:00-3:30pm
- Thursday 6th August 10:30-12:00pm
- Tuesday 11th August: 10:30-12:00pm
- Thursday 27th August: 10:30-12:00pm
- Wednesday 2nd September: 10:30-12:00pm
Walk on the Wild Side: These are suggested for older children (8 – 12), and involve a 2 mile walk along reserve trails, including a flight of steps, discovering nature by looking for clues.
- Friday 14th August: 10:30 – 12.30pm
- Tuesday 25th August 2:00 – 4.00pm
All children must be accompanied by adults and booking is essential as numbers are restricted, phone 01767 680541. Further details on the RSPB website