Watching Nature

I think being a gardener makes you more in tune with nature and let’s be honest we are! We spend time nurturing plants and soils in our own little Eden, whether it’s paid for a client or for our own pleasure. It’s not just for us or the bank manager we do this work for but also the wildlife that supports and uses this area for food, not always to our pleasure, I may add.

I suppose I did start gardening before getting very interested in wildlife, I say suppose, as I was only 4 before started gardening and not long after getting into wildlife and loved to spending time wandering around the countryside seeing what birds were flying around, the butterflies dancing in the bushes and the mammals trying to avoid our eye contact as they dart around.

Over the past few years I have started getting back into my wildlife, spending time watching them during my working day and when driving around and this has led me to start listing them, and this year I thought I would share what I see with you all. I am very lucky that I work in a very varied areas from the South Downs to the new forest and a few trips towards the sea and I cover quite a lot in a working week and I hope this will bring me a wide diversity of wildlife.

I have got little spreadsheets made up to record what I see during the year and I am going to take part in the #My200Birdyear challenge started and hosted by Bird watching magazine and it’s basically trying to see 200 different birds in a year. I am going to run my list from January as I had already written down what I have seen already. I also take part in the great bee and butterfly count and love seeing them. Adding in dragonflies and damsels for this time as its a group of insects I would love to learn more about and this would be a great chance

So anywhere here’s where I am at in the 4 areas at the moment.

My bird list

  1. Redwing
  2. Pheasant
  3. Jackdaw
  4. Wigeon
  5. Mistle thrush
  6. French partridge
  7. Raven
  8. Common teal
  9. Song thrush
  10. English partridge
  11. Heron
  12. Shoveler
  13. Field fare
  14. Wood pigeon
  15. Little egret
  16. Gadwell
  17. Blackbird
  18. Collard dove
  19. Large egret
  20. Robin
  21. Wren
  22. Kingfisher
  23. Blue tit
  24. Mallard duck
  25. Moorhen
  26. Great tit
  27. Lapwings
  28. Coot
  29. Long tailed tit
  30. Grey wagtail
  31. Canada goose
  32. Coal tit
  33. Pied wagtail
  34. Kesteral
  35. Gold crest
  36. Mute swan
  37. Red kite
  38. Chaffinch
  39. Cormorant
  40. Buzzard
  41. Bull finch
  42. Green parakeets
  43. Sparrowhawk
  44. Green finch
  45. Skylark
  46. Peregrine falcon
  47. Gold finch
  48. Great backed gull
  49. House sparrow
  50. Starling
  51. Jay
  52. Dunnock
  53. Black headed gull
  54. Tufted duck
  55. Tree creeper
  56. Herring gull
  57. Great crested grebe
  58. Nuthatch
  59. Magpie
  60. Ostercatcher
  61. Green woodpecker
  62. Rook
  63. Common poachard
  64. Great spotted woodpecker


  1. Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)
  2. Red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidaries)


  1. Red Admiral
  2. Brimstone

So if you feel inspired, I would love you to join in and see what you can see as well

3 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Yes, it does put in contact with nature, and I happen to work a lot with the natural landscape, but landscaping is very unnatural. We work with plants imported from all over the world in such a way that they tamper with the natural ecosystem instead of harmonize with it. People who do not work with it do not realize how unnatural it is.

    1. thomashort says:

      I agree to a point Tony, our environment unless you are up a mountain, is shaped so much by us humans and the landscape in the uk has been altered from many thousands of years of human interference, from farming, grazing to the introduction of alien sp, something that’s happened since humans have up sticks and moved around, we just do it in a bigger form now don’t we

      1. tonytomeo says:

        I happen to live up a mountain, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and even there, where natives grow wild, and the few exotics are small annual weeds that do not get noticed, huge stumps remain from redwoods that were harvested a century ago.

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