I have not talked about our garden wildlife much recently . Most of our attention has been focused on the wildflower meadow , hide and our work releasing foxes , once again at the wildflower meadow. However our garden continues to be a haven for wildlife.
During daytime the garden is dominated by our visiting Grey Squirrels , always on the hunt for nuts which they then hide in our lawn . After a busy day the lawn sometimes looks like a scale model of a first world war battle field , full of pot holes . They now take turns to come and tap of patio doors , becoming more and more demanding if the supply of nuts is in anyway cut short. Then there’s the birds. Slightly less demanding and happy with the bird and nut feeders.
However , it’s at night when the garden comes to life with two of my favourite mammals, the iconic and endangered Hedgehog and the sly old Fox. We think we now have three or four resident hedgehogs , with maybe another two just visiting for food. Its the same with the fox , at least three or four visit every night , attracted by the abundance of food on offer. Given a chance the fox would eat every piece of food left out , including the hedgehog food , so thats left in a box, however it doesn’t always work out……
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Here is a fantastic little video about Andrew Budziak who spends his nights photographing the animals of Toronto, Canada. Taking hundreds of hours to capture one photo, his work requires a tonne of persistence. see the video here
This must be a new fox , he seems totally confused and a little unsure. What is this strange automated brush thing ?
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