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I thought it was about time for some wildlife pics after all this talk of food and eating and recipes! 

Aren’t they so sweet?  I discovered these teeny tiny caterpillars on my nasturtiums this evening – I don’t mind them chomping on the leaves as there are so many and I do so love butterflies in my garden.

I love how they all huddle together…

I especially like this picture, not only because of this rogue caterpillar who was brave enough to leave the huddle and explore the leaf, but also because you can just see three tiny yellow eggs clinging to the underside of the leaf – on the right in the picture.

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Today on our way out we came across a tiny lapwing chick stood in the middle of a very busy road – two of his siblings sadly squashed beyond recognition.  I immediately stopped and jumped out and managed to catch the tiny chick as it hid in the grass on the verge.

I could see its parents wheeling overhead calling for their chicks, so I attempted to leave the chick in a field hoping the parents would find it.  But there were so many busy roads around that I decided that the best chance we could give the chick was to take it to a local wildlife rescue centre.

Thankfully the chick seemed quite a tough little thing and apart from peeping all the way to the rescue centre it seemed in fighting condition.  We left it in the hands of Lower Moss Wood – an educational nature reserve and wildlife hospital outside of Knutsford.

We wish the chick lots of luck and hope that it survives.  I have its patient number at the wildlife hospital so hope to call back in a couple of weeks and find out if it made it through. 

A big thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who run wildlife rescue centres.  I was lucky enough to work at the Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia whilst I was studying there for a year.  It was an inspirational place with incredible people.

Some pictures from my time at the rescue in Canada…

N and I are very excited on our newest garden wildlife discovery – two little mice!  It was such a lovely evening yesterday that with Lovage under one arm, and Borage hopping round the new run, N and I went for a wander round our garden.  This is something we like to do on warm sunny evenings, just to see what’s growing, what’s popped up, and how things have changed.  Our garden isn’t very big, but it’s still nice to slowly wander round. 

We were stood looking at some foxgloves when I saw what I thought was a bird under the bird table…but no, it was a little brown mouse!  He was busy nibbling on bird seed and seemed quite unfussed by us watching him.  N has named him Ernie, although he gets upset when I say this and said he was only joking.  But it’s kind of stuck.

Ernie ran off under the geraniums, so we carried on round the garden.  When we go back round to the same spot we quietly watched under the bird table to see if he would reappear.  He did.  And then another mouse appeared too!  She’s called Minnie (very originally, I know).  So anyway, we have two very cute little brown mice living somewhere under the geraniums, or perhaps in shed. 

I called up my good friend Maria (or Maria’s Marmalade Gingerbread) to tell her about the mice – by coincidence, we went to there’s for dinner on Sunday and she was telling us about Dennis – her mouse who lives in the garden wall!  Dennis is rather acrobatic, and likes to hang from the peanut feeder.  However, Dennis was feeling shy on Sunday and we didn’t see him. 

One of these days I will attempt to take a (most likely out of focus) photo of Ernie and/or Minnie, but it might be one of those ‘spot the mice’ pictures…

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