The Best Animal Parent!

I thought I would add this fact to my blog because I was absolutely amazed by this discovery and octopuses are one of my favourite animals anyway…

The Giant Pacific Octopus –

This animal only lives till about 2-3 years and in that time they only breed once. They can lay an outstanding amount of 400,000 eggs! (I know..shocking!) The mother octopus stays with the eggs the entire time before they are ready and this can be up to 6 months by doing this she is completely starving herself and then once the eggs are ready the mother dies from the weakness and starvation.

Woah! The dedication that mother has ey! Outstanding! The Giant Pacific Octopus mother definitely deserves a huge applause! 👏🏼

Any animals you know that are great parents? Share with me!

Hidden Gem

Hi all. Hope everyone is all well.

Thought I’d take my time today to talk about a beautiful restaurant I went to today in Bath. An absolutely hidden gem. I’ve lived in Bath for years and it’s only just today I visited this place! The place is called Bonghy Bo, it’s an Asian Fushion restaurant you can experience cuisines from Japan, China and Thailand. The food tasted beautiful and it was even presented beautifully too (see my photos above). Inside the interior design was also beautiful. The staff were very attentive, polite and friendly. Everything about it was perfect.

If you are ever in Bath and are a fan of Asian food I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a small independent run business which deserves all the gratitude. I will definitely be returning.

Blue Tits

One of my favourite ever birds is Blue Tit. I remember the first time I saw one, I felt so overjoyed! It was last year in 2020 on May 27th (my birthday) My dad always say God made that happen for me because I’d always hoped I’d see one.

Blue tits are ever so beautiful (see photo above).

Blue tits are found across the whole of the UK with the exception of some Scottish Islands. You will mainly find them in woodlands, hedgerows, parks and gardens. They feed off caterpillars (that’s how they get their wonderful colours!), seeds and insects. However in the spring they feed on pollen and nectar. Male and females have the same colourings however females are slightly paler then the males. Juveniles are dull and in the spring/summer they have yellow cheeks instead of white. The females lay and incubate the eggs for 12-16 days before hatching. Their breeding time begins mid April and they usually choose to nest in holes in trees and also nest boxes too. They claim their territories for breeding before the season starts.

The heartbreaking thing about blue tits though is their young are dying of starvation. They are starting to decline due to global warming. Due to the trees blooming later (May time) unfortunately there are no caterpillars munching on the leaves of the trees which means no food for them to feed their chicks due to their breeding time starting in late April. 21% of blue tits young are found dead within the first month due to starvation (isn’t that just heartbreaking?!)

When I found out about this I did find it so heartbreaking. Global warming is already killing millions of our species and now to add to it…Blue Tits as well?! The more and more I hear about a species declining the more it makes me want to become a vegetarian to do something to make a change. I enjoy learning about wildlife don’t get me wrong but hearing about the species struggling due to us humans selfishness causes me upset I won’t lie to you. Maybe in the future I will become a vegetarian. I would like to make a change. Would you make a change?!

#watchthisspace😉

Another Bird Watch Day

Hey all, thought I’d add to my blog again as I went on another bird watching trip yesterday (Monday 20th September). Unfortunately today I didn’t see no new species however I did something which I found magnificent. I went down the canal again (:

The following birds I seen on this bird watching trip were:

1. Crow

2 Herring Gull

3. Collared Dove

4. House sparrow

5. Great Tit

6. Magpie

7. Swan

8. Blue Tit

9. Jay

This time I only saw nine species of birds. I saw a bird from a far away distance in a tree which I couldn’t identify exactly, I thought it was a raven however because it was so far away it was incredibly hard to tell.

Crows and ravens look incredibly similar however ravens have a larger bill and if you spot them in flight the ravens tail is diamond shaped and crows tail is rounded.

The most magnificent thing I saw that day though was a swan protecting her young. She had four young. When any other swans were anywhere near them she would fly towards them aggressively, even seeing her arch her beautiful wings was magical. Even while I walked the canal her beady eyes were slightly staring me down too (not going to lie slightly scared me Ha ha.) but what can I say…What wonderful protective parents!!! definitely a beautiful animal behaviour to witness.

I think this day really owes mother swans an applause 👏🏼 Your love for your young doesn’t go unnoticed thats for sure!

A Bird Watch Day!

Hey all, hope you’re well (: I thought I’d add to my blog about my bird watching trip last week on Thursday 16th September. (See photo of me above on the canal)

It was a beautiful day that day! The sun was shining and the birds were chirping. I manage to see three new species of birds I’d never seen before which made me very happy! See list below:

1. Great Tit

2. Song Thrush

3. Blackbird

4. Crow

5. Magpie

6. Jack draw

9. Blue Tit

10. Robin

11. Cormorant

12. Swan

13. Grey Wagtail

14. White Wagtail

The three new species that I saw and manage to identify were Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail and Song Thrush – absolutely beautiful birds (: However I did have a slight incident…..

Bird watching excites me and is one of my biggest passions now….I was looking over the canal at the riverside flats and on the railings on one of balconies I thought I saw a Goshawk and me being a keen birder I got incredibly excited…I took off my glasses, placed them on the floor and ended up standing on them trying to look closer at this bird with my binoculars…(silly Willy I am right?! Ha ha.)

Anyway to get a closer look at this bird which I thought was a Goshawk I decided to run across the bridge to the other side of the canal to see however what this turned out to be was a fake! Someone had put a fake figure of bird up on their railings to scare off other birds! All that excitement over nothing! I even had to buy myself new frame of glasses..for what?! Nothing!

If you are a birder I advise you to be wary of this as people do tend to do this. I spoke to a lady who is part of ‘Casual Birder Podcast’ (very keen and experienced birder called Suzy Buttress which does fantastic podcast about birds!!) and she had the exact same happen to her. She thought she saw a owl in her neighbours garden and it turned out it was a fake! Tut tut…these people getting us birders all excited to see these birds and in fact they are not real! Just one to be wary of birders😉

Hope you enjoyed this blog!

I’ll be out for another bird watching experience. I’m going to try go at least once a week now so I will continue to update you on the birds I see! Hope to see a new species every time.

#watchthisspace 😉

Swift’s – Flying Machines!!

Swift’s – one of my favourite bird species. These birds are extraordinary! They are built to be flyers!! They spend a majority of their time entirely on the wing, they only come to land when they have their offspring. They feed, sleep and mate in flight! (Incredible right?!)

When having offspring Swift’s mainly nest on tall buildings such as churches, houses and other types of buildings.

Once there young are ready to fledge the nest they’ll keep flying non-stop for about 3 years. (Crazy right?! I know!)

The sad thing about these beautiful birds is they are massively declining due to the way new builds are being made to be kept sustainable unfortunately our swift’s are suffering! They don’t have the little cracks and cronies in them anymore for our swift’s to nest in sadly. What you can do though?! You can build nest boxes and put them up on your building if you have the ability to! And even make noises, swift noises outside your window to attract them in!

For more information on how you can make a different see link below:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustainability/safeguarding-species/swiftmapper/

These incredible flying birds deserve to still be populating. After all what harm are they causing us? None is your answer. Make a difference.

California Condors

California Condors – the critically endangered New World Vulture. These birds fascinate me, to me they are absolutely beautiful looking and the efforts that people have made to ensure that we keep this species from extinction out-stands me.

They are the largest flying bird in North America. There scientific name: Gymnogyps californianus. They fly as high as 15,000 feet (remarkable right?!!) They are scavengers just like other vultures that will feast on the carcasses of large animals. When they manage to feast on a huge meal they stuff themselves up so much that they must rest for several hours before they set off to fly again.

Sadly these beautiful species of birds have been on the endangered species list since 1967 and were sadly near extinction. However in 1980 conservation groups formed to save this species from extinction!! They took some of the birds in zoos to get them to breed and also scientists started to collect the eggs which the females laid and took them captive in order to incubate them.

Sadly in 1987 there were only 27 wild condors in the wild however after the conservation group/organisations and other individuals got involved there efforts certainly didn’t go to waste! By the end of these efforts there were 161 condors in the wild!

California condors are still critically endangered though however there are certain actions people are taking to ensure to keep these animals safe.

To read more about this please click link below:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/animals/birds/facts/california-condor

Damon Bridge Talk – RSPB Project Manager of the The Great Crane Project

So as you know form my previous blog I went to my first local RSPB meeting and herd a extraordinary story from Damon Bridge.

Damon Bridge was the Project Manager of the Great Crane Project – A whopping 93 Common Cranes were hand-reared to be released into Somerset Levels and Moors between 2010-2014. These efforts didn’t go to waste neither as by doing this they doubled the U.K. populations of the Common Crane!! (Amazing right!!! I thought so too!!) Also by doing this it is helping secure the future of the crane in the U.K.

In order to do this the eggs were collected annually in Berlin, Germany from 2010-2014, traveled all the way from there to the U.K. for hatching and rearing (Yes they feed the chicks!! Humans brought up the chicks pretty much! Outstanding!) Once releasing them they stayed with them for a few months to ensure they were safe and they are still monitored and protected to this day.

With the continuous conservation work that our RSPB groups are doing the population has grown and spread over the last 30 years!! There are small number of Cranes now also regularly breeding in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Yorkshire and North East Somerset.

For more information on the The Great Crane Project please click on link below:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/projects/great-crane-project/

Feeding the Squirrels

(Please see photos of squirrel feeding trips)

I just thought I’d add to my blog today to share some of the photos the pass few times I’ve got to Botanical Gardens to feed the grey squirrels (:

Squirrels are absolutely beautiful animals. Majority of the squirrels in Botanical Gardens are ever so tame and will take food from your hand! I usually go there with walnuts as we all know squirrels love their nuts! However I have been there with apples before but they won’t as fussed with them.

If I’m honest I don’t know an awful lot about squirrels however there sweet deer little faces when munching on a nut can’t help but make me smile. These beautiful creatures that we are blessed with brings me joy.

At the start I visited Botanical Gardens on my own to feed the squirrels and I’ve got to say I was incredibly shocked at how tame they were.

The second time I went to feed the squirrels I took my younger sister who is fourteen (she is the one who took the photo above of the squirrel close up!) She grew a bond with one of the squirrels. The joy that it brought her was incredible. To see a change in the way her mood was by interacting with nature and wildlife was beautiful to see.

The third time I went to feed the squirrels I took my father (he is in the two photos on the collage) He become very close to one just like my sister did and it was eating the nuts right next to him, he manage to earn that squirrels trust which is outstanding. The joy that it brought him was also incredible and again to see the change in the way his mood was by interacting with nature and wildlife was again absolutely beautiful to see.

Nature and wildlife can bring anyone happiness I believe. You could be feeling very stressed, angry, upset or an unpleasant emotion and I promise you if you take an hour or two into a park and connect with what’s around you I promise you it will uplift you. Absolutely extraordinary nature and wildlife. Forever falling more in love with it.

I hope you enjoy this blog. My main passion in life is nature and wildlife..I like to voice that in my blog (:

RSPB Bath & District Local Group

It’s official! I’m now part of the RSPB Local Group in my area (: I am so excited to be part of this!!

The groups aim is to support the work of RSPB in the local community, to involve RSPB members and wider public in the society’s conservation, public affairs, education, fundraising and other activities. They have regular monthly indoor meetings and the group also involves regular bird watching trips to different nature reserves.

Being a new birder I was keen on getting in on this!!! After my first bird watching experience at Portbury Wharf with the group, the experienced birders that came along we’re ever so kind and kept me well educated and informed throughout as we seen all the different bird species. I enjoyed myself and realise that this was definitely a passion of mine and that I had to explore more!

I’ll be going to my first meeting this evening, Damon Bridge from the RSPB who was project manager of the Great Crane Project will be speaking at the meeting today. He will update us on the ongoing work since the main phase of the project completed and the current status of the crane population on the Somerset Levels.

If you would like to get involved in this group if you are local please find website below:

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/bath/

I’m looking forward to this! Anything that involves helping I’ll wildlife, count me in!

I’ll let you know how it goes!!

#watchthisspace 😉

Appreciation To Asda

Just wanted to add to blog to show my appreciation to Asda. We have shopped there for few months now. Unfortunately last year I found out I was intolerant to gluten sadly so I have had to change a lot of what I eat to gluten free alternatives.

The reason I post this blog about Asda is because I feel as though they cater a lot for people who can’t eat gluten just going on there website and ordering they have twelve pages full of gluten free groceries. Even recently they have added new gluten free things to there website, to say I’m impressed is under statement.

There gluten free pasta is 45-50p however in other supermarkets you’ll be expected to pay £1-2. The prices don’t always increase with their gluten free options too as you can tell.

I know this is pretty boring blog but for anyone gluten free be sure to check out ASDA’s range of gluten free stuff! It’s definitely worth a look and buy😉