Local Patch Reporter

desktop de bingo Leawood I’m delighted to say that I’ve been selected to be one of the Local Patch Reporters for the BBC Wildlife magazine. I will be blogging regularly about my patch on here or you can find them, along with all the other Local Patch Reporters, on the BBC Wildlife magazine website – http://www.discoverwildlife.com/localpatchreporters

I thought it would be worth just introducing myself and my patch and let you know my plans for 2014.

I live in South Wales, well known for it’s rain, and I live in a normal suburban housing estate, with a garden 10x10m and another bit of garden by the side. There is a river about 400m away and some small corridors of wooded areas. The garden is designed specifically for wildlife, with log piles, a pond, nest boxes, wildflowers, bug hotels etc, it may look a bit ‘messy’ but it’s teeming with wildlife.

This is an aerial view of my patch:

We are incredibly lucky though, we are privileged to have lots of hedgehogs. These are one of my main passions. I monitor and record the hedeghogs, and last year we had 32 different hedeghogs come through and use the garden. I also rescue and care for the local hedgehogs and am currently overwintering 12 hoglets who were not at hibernation weight when winter arrived. These will be released back to the wild soon.

This is Barnaby, one of the overwintering hoglets:

The garden is rigged with cameras and you can watch these on the Live Cams page. The hedeghogs will be coming out of hibernation soon, so things are about to get busy! That being said, Petal the Hedeghog hasn’t been to sleep at all and can be seen wandering the garden now, if you are lucky.

My blog has lots of info on hedeghogs and encouraging them into your gardens, so please, have a look around.

I am also an avid moth trapper. I take part in the Garden Moth Challenge and last year I caught 310 different species, an amazing amount in a housing estate, and I would like to beat that this year, currently I’m on 3!!

This is one of my favs from last year, a stunning tiny micro moth – Grapholita compositella:

Another challenge for the year is trying to ID 1000 different species in a 1 km square around my garden. I’m going to see how many of these can be found in the garden alone. This is going to be a big undertaking with rather a lot of learning to do! Lots of IDing little things across a large range of flora and fauna.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy following my year around my patch, I’m looking forward to sharing lots of amazing things with you all, plus some ideas of what you can do in your own patch too. I have several plans to update the garden and quite a few projects to undertake, stay tuned and enjoy 🙂