This summer, Priest Hill has become a lot more 'wild' and has become more of a nature reserve thanks to all the rain, and for some, 'unpleasant' weather. We can really see the long grass and wildflowers coming through which attract Meadow brown butterflies which one can see in the photos. Marbled white butterflies are also very common now at priest hill. Knapweed attracts many butterflies and as you can see, this is what the Meadow Brown is sitting on.
The Squacco heron is back, but this time it's in Thailand. I am currently searching for wildlife near the rainforests of Khao Lak in Thailand.
Classification of the Squacco Heron: Binomial name- Ardeola ralloides [conservation status- of least concern]
Mudskippers are amphibious fish and are thought to be proof of early evolution (how fish became amphibians) This particular mudskipper is a barred mudskipper (Periophthalmus argentilineatus) and is the most widespread in the world. They are very territorial and aggressive fish, I saw many of these mudskippers "skipping" over mud in river estuaries near the sea.
Classification of mudskippers in the genus Periophthalmus:
Recently I went to Spain again and I saw quite a rare Heron- a Squacco Heron. It was looking for fish in a small stream.
I was walking this morning at priest hill nature reserve to find some Skylarks and I came across this Roe Deer. I have seen one quite regularly, and a few times I have seen it crossing the road from priest hill to a farm. I have suggested that the local council should place a deer sign on the road but whether that will happen I do not know.
Below is a video if the deer at Priest Hill.
It is the 25th of January so I hope you are doing the big garden bird watch! Today at priest hill nature reserve I saw the classic winter visitor- a Fieldfare. I also saw a Chiffchaff which seemed very tame.
I have been seeing goldcrests daily now. They have been appearing in a pine tree in my garden regularly. I am aware that they are common in forests but are they very common ever in gardens? Please say if you see them regularly.
I am pretty sure it is the 18th of December. I began to question that when I found some blossom on the tree in my back garden. Well the temperature is much higher than it should be anyway for this time of year, honestly, 15 degrees!
At priest hill nature reserve, I was only expecting to see a lot of wildlife coming to life in spring, perhaps its because of the extremely warm autumn, its 21 degrees. The bird in the photo is a Stonechat.
When I was playing golf in Kingswood I spotted this cool fly-agaric mushroom, its just the perfect, classic looking mushroom. This Musheoom is from the genus aminita, if you eat it you will probably hallucinate but it is impossible to be killed by one of these.
Great spotted woodpeckers will hopefully be on your peanut feeders a lot this winter! This one is on the feeder in my garden every day.
Here is a small group of Starlings in a tall conifer opposite our house. Most of the Starlings have already got some of their winter plumage. One is them is moulting to its first winter of its life.
I just thought I would share this because it looks beautiful. I am pretty sure it is a pink poppy, it might be a cross-breed.
As my garden is very wildlife friendly I get many common toads. I went out at 9:00 last night and there were toads everywhere!
To you it may seem like there aren't many toads and guess what... You are right. Please help these garden friends by either making a pond or giving them a home. They are rapidly declining in numbers and soon they will not be known as "common" toads.
Frogs, toads and newts are under more threat than ever before!!! This is because many people fill in their ponds because they fear their children will drown in them! So please, please, please try and help frogs, newts, toads and snakes.
I collect wildlife data at my local nature reserves such as the new priest hill nature reserve in surrey. Priest hill nature reserve is one of the most popular breeding havens for skylarks in England. Try and spot the deer
About the Author
I am in my early teens and I think nature is a great thing that needs to be respected and protected.
"I don't understand why when we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress" - Ed Begley Jr.
Here is the Nuthatch, you may have seen the photo of it lower down my page.