Tagged with wildlife

Not such a daft old bat

Not such a daft old bat

Sadly our annual bat visitor left us two days ago.  It was sad to look and find an empty space behind the shutter.  I checked the shutter on the other side of the French door but I knew he did not like that side.  No bat on the wall or on the shutters. Then it … Continue reading

Give Nature a Home

Give Nature a Home

We have a RSPB sticker on the car that says “Give Nature a Home” but we mean in our garden. Today this young Great Tit (Parus major) appeared in the living room under the fireplace.  I’ve no idea how it got in, probably when the French windows were open. He was quickly scooped up and … Continue reading

There is more in the garden than flowers…

There is more in the garden than flowers…

Our hose drips where it is attached to the outside tap and the corner stays damp so that underneath it was very overgrown and needed a good spring weeding.  However, more than the plants had appreciated the dampness and a large common toad (Bufo bufo) had made the corner his home and even constructed a … Continue reading

Wild bee nest

Wild bee nest

I’m not sure whether it is technically correct to call this a wild bee nest.   It is definitely bees living in the wild.  Should I call them wild bees or feral bees or even run-away bees (having left their bee keeper never to return), I’m not sure. Anyway, I have always harboured a desire … Continue reading

A furry visitor

A furry visitor

This is the shutter of our front door which is left in the open position practically all the time.  However, my husband has a tendency to glance behind it when he passes by. He did that on the 14 March last year and found a bat clasping onto the wall behind the shutter. It was a … Continue reading

La Genette

La Genette

The other day my friend Annie came rushing in, telling me to come as she had something she knew I would want to see. The trapper had caught a Genette (Genetta genetta ) in his trap.  Annie’s husband Yvon is the representative of the French Hunting Association in the area so the trapper brought the Genette … Continue reading

Motorway mice or rather motorway voles

Motorway mice or rather motorway voles

Coming back from our trip to Maubuisson we stopped on the motorway to stretch our legs and have a cup of coffee.  I settled down at an outside picnic table to sip my coffee when I thought I saw something run across the grass. It was then that I noticed that there were a large … Continue reading

A walk after the storm

A walk after the storm

Our garden borders the river Seudre.  We have left a part of the land next to the river somewhat wild forming a little forest.  After the recent storm it now resembles a war zone with broken trees scattered along it, waiting for the autumn when I will drag the branches to an open space and … Continue reading

La Rainette comes calling

La Rainette comes calling

The night before last we had a visit. We were delighted!  The little green frogs are one of our favourite visitors and we had not seen any since the spring.  It had been a very dry summer and not really frog weather but recently it has been raining a lot and I have heard them … Continue reading

November Walking

November Walking

Back from the UK, away from the motorways, I was keen to get back on our well-trodden paths. But three weeks away and you can forget to pick up the things you need for a walk.  We often pass through the village and I have several friends I talk to and who expect a “Markie” … Continue reading