Week Starting 13th September 2021 Sightings Blog

Week Starting 13th September 2021 Sightings Blog

Your wildlife sightings in Derbyshire in the week starting 13th September

Whilst the weather is making its mind up about if autumn has started or not we hope you’ve been able to get out and about and see some our amazing wildlife. This week you recorded seeing two common visitors to our gardens, the European Hedgehog and the Common Frog. Both of these little critters hibernate over winter, the former in nests made of leaves or logs and the latter in pond mud or under log piles.

If you’d like to know more about helping attracting Hedgehogs to your garden and helping them make it through hibernation take a peek at last week’s blog.

The best way to attract frogs to your garden is to put in a pond, which don’t have to be huge, even one the size of a washing up bowl will be valuable to your local wildlife. Alternatively if you have young children you could create a bog garden which can be paired with a pond either in an already soggy patch or a drier one. Creating these habitats could also attract and help to support dragonflies, damselflies, newts, bees and butterflies. For step by step instructions on how you can add pond or a bog or both to your garden and how they could benefit your local wildlife see the links below.

Mini Wildlife Pond

How to build a pond: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-build-pond

How to build a mini pond: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-create-mini-pond

How to make a bog garden: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-make-bog-garden

We are looking forward to reading about your wildlife sightings across Derbyshire. To submit your own sighting and be featured in a future blog go to www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife/record-sighting.

Thank you to Neal Johnson, Suzi Brook, Ewelina, Matt Wood and Martin Flanagan for submitting their wildlife sightings.