Candide's Garden Safari

NinaDanielle
Published on April 5th 2020
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A close up of a red ladybird insect on a white and yellow daisy
Nothing to do this weekend? Spring is one of the most eventful times for wildlife, so why not get the whole family involved and record all the wildlife in your garden!
To get you started, I've put together a safari checklist so you can tick off everything that you find.
Paper and pen on the green grass with yellow and red flowers
Make a nature diary and record what you see! Return in a few days, months, or next year to see what has changed.
Top tips
  • What did you see?
  • Where did you see it?
  • How many did you see?

Let's go on a bug hunt!

Can you find a ladybird?

Beetles spend the winter hibernating beneath the soil and in leaf litter. Beneath the ground, they wait patiently for spring to arrive.
With each month, the days get longer, and the soil warms up. By the end of March, beetles wake up from their long, winter slumbers!
Clue: "I like to explore places in the garden with lush plant growth, especially if there are aphids nearby!"

Have you seen a Bumblebee?

Queen bumblebees begin awakening in March. They've been sleeping since October, and they're ravenous! They feast on pollen and nectar before finding the perfect spot to build their nests.
Clue: "In March and April, my favourites are Pussy Willow, Primrose, Elephant's Ear, Rosemary and Orange Blossom!."

Can you find a woodlouse?

You might be surprised to hear that woodlice are not insects at all, and are actually land crustaceans! They are more similar to a crab or a lobster than to the other insects in our gardens.
Clue: "Our favourite spots in the garden include places that are dark and damp. We like hiding under rocks and in between the bricks of stone walls"

Can you find a spiders web?

Orb-weaving spiders use silken-spun webs to catch their dinner. Can you locate one in your garden?
Clue: "I prefer to spin my webs between solid and sturdy garden structures! Find me hanging-out between garden fences, tables and chairs. We may hang our webs between shrubs and branches, too. These make the perfect fly trap!"

Why not begin a bird watch!

As spring rolls in, the birds are singing and are on the hunt for food. They are also busy making nests ready for their young.
Birds can sometimes be shy, so make sure you sit still and quiet if you are out in the garden! You can alternatively watch from behind a window inside the house.
Not having any luck? Attract birds to your garden, patio or balcony using fat balls or birdseed!
Clue: "Us birds can be quite cautious of people. We like to explore areas near trees and shrubs because this is where we feel safe!"

Fancy a Flower Count?

All of a sudden, spring flowers are popping up all over the place, why not see how many different ones you can count and post a picture for everyone to see!

Can you find a Forget-me-not?

Clue: We're small, blue, and our flowers have five petals! We grow best in shady, damp spots in the garden, and don't mind having other flowers grow around and next to us!"

Can you find a Dandelion?

Clue: "Insects love us for our nectar and pollen, and we will grow just about anywhere. Our flowers are large, yellow and circular. They are made up of lots of small, yellow petals!"

Can you find any Bluebells?

Clue: "We are famous for our huge blooms in April! We are lilac and shaped like bells, and when we grow, we cover the ground like a carpet of flowers! Sometimes we can be pink too. We grow best in shaded areas with dappled sunlight."

Can you see a Common Dog Violet?

Clue: "We like to grow low to the ground and spread over large areas. I can even be found growing through the cracks of stone and concrete. My flowers have five light purple petals, and my leaves are green and shaped like hearts."

What about a Hyacinth plant?

Clue: "We naturally grow outside, but gardeners like to keep us as houseplants too. I possess many flowers on just one of my stems, and I'm quite popular with the pollinators! I come in lot's of colours, like pink, purple and white."

Do you have Daisies in your garden?

Clue: "I frequently pop up on lawns and playing fields. My flowers have yellow centres and my petals are as white as the clouds!"

Can you find a Tulip?

Clue: "Our stems grow tall and thin, and our flowers are shaped like cups! We are popular with gardeners because we come in every colour of the rainbow!"

Good luck! Use the hashtags below to show us what you find!

#wildlifewatch #gardensafari #whatsthisbug #bughunt #insectID #animalID #flowercount #everydaywildlife #naturerocks #whatsthisflower

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