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Spot the Lizard! I feel the reptiles have woken up a bit too early especially with the weather today. Yesterday such a beautiful warm day. The calm before the storm! Even as a human looking at the weather it's definitely a spend the day sheltering from the storm. #commonlizard #dorset #dorsetnature #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #stormciara #herpetology #hibernation #darn #dorsetreptiles #arguk #arc

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Reason 3: A great excuse to get creative! Last year we had a poll to decide on the name for our book about a herring gull. The name Harold won! Harold is now in the stages of being created =D. Wonder if Harold will make an appearance on Sunday when we do our garden count! #biggardenbirdwatch #birdsofinsta #birdsong #birds #discovernaturedorset #Haroldtheherringgull

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You know autumn is here when...... Autumn and spring are my favourite times of the year. Spring because everything is starting to come alive again. Animals are starting to wake up. Colour comes back to your garden. Then you have Autumn. Possibly biased as that's when my birthday is, but you get to see other fantastic sights. You can dig out those fungi identification sheets and spend your days looking at some weird and wonderful things. The leaves fall from the trees in an array of colours. Great fun to play in no matter how old you are. I love looking through the leaf litter and finding all the millipedes. The starlings start their spectacular displays which we are looking forward to seeing soon. The main place we've heard about locally is Studland for a very large display. However I'm holding out for somewhere near Wallisdown as we have so many nesting around here all year round. Remember Autumn is Awesome! _________________________________________ #autumn #autumniscoming #autumnishere #autumnisawesome #fungi #fantasticfungi #learningisfun #dorsetlife #dorsetnature #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset

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Our parties are changing for winter! With it coming to hibernation time for amphibians we are no longer running pond dipping as an activity until spring time. Reptile rambles are also at an end until spring time. However we still have a lot of activities available! Check out our website for more details www.discovernaturedorset.co.uk _________________________________________ #hibernation #ponddipping #newts #frogs #natureparties #dorset #dorsetnature #bournemouthwildlife #bournemouthparties #discovernaturedorset

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It's raining and for the first time my coat decided to let allllllll the rain water in. My shoes decided they also wanted to join my coat in befriending the water. So I'm wet, soggy and a long way from our final destination. However my hair feels refreshed, I got offered a delicious cup of tea and I have this amazing book to read. I do love reading wildlife books, but this one could well be my new favourite. Birds are a species I struggle with because I've never worked with them, so all the learning I'm doing is from reading and asking as many people as possible. I got to go to birdfair for the first time this year and again very wet and muddy, but educational. The people I've met in the bird world have been a delight. Eager to share their knowledge and not remotely condescending when a complete novice asks the difference between rooks, crows, ravens and jackdaws. This book makes you feel as though you aren't sinking and have no way of ever learning all the birds (especially when you catch a glimpse of a little brown one). It's incredibly well written and I find myself disturbing the silence with chuckling or ooooing at the wonderful prose written by Matt Merritt. If you're new to reading wildlife books or previous ones haven't grasped your attention as much as you had hoped then give this book a go! ________________________________ #birdsofinsta #birds #ornithology #askyfullofbirds #mattmerritt #britishwildlife #britishbirds #naturereading #giveitago #greatbook #reading #rainydays #discovernature #discovernaturedorset

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We're a long way from our usual patch this weekend. Up near Manchester way! Thankfully the weather held out for us yesterday and we got to go visit Tegg's nose. It's an old quarry site and definitely worth going on the geology route. We found some quartz and other nice rocks. It was very windy so not much wildlife seen. Nothing stops us from loving a good adventure! _______________________________ #ontour #puppiesofinstgram #teggsnose #teggsnosecountrypark #manchester #windyday #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #naturewalks

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Bank holiday kayak! Great way to explore and see wildlife from a new angle. Even though lots of people were getting on the river we didn't seem to meet too many people. Lots of damselflies breeding, kingfishers constantly going up and down the river. So tranquil. Riley the adventure puppy was with us watching everything from the front of the kayak. #puppylove #puppiesofinstgram #riverstour #kayaking #rileythecockerpoo #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #discovernature

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Delightfully curious robins at the river Stour last week! The walk from throop mill is always what you need to reconnect with nature #robins #riverstour #ornithology #birdsofinsta #throop #throopmill #discovernaturedorset

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Day 15 #30dayswild It's true....build and they will come. How they find ponds amazes me. It's like they have a super sniffer or a beacon which beeps to them when a new pond is built! We built two teeny ponds last year. When doing some maintenance on them in winter we noticed we had lots of dragonfly and damselfly larvae. One pond had leeches in! At the beginning of spring we found a juvenile male smooth newt in one of these ponds. We then decided to build another pond! This one was a bit larger. By April it had been constructed. Never thought about doing an egg search in it because it was only a month old pond. Next thing we're taking the puppy into the garden and we see a mass of baby newts in there! Better start getting their hibernacula in place! _________________________________ #pondlife #pond #ponddipping #newts #amphibians #amphibianandreptileconservationtrust #froglife #gardening #gardeningforwildlife #gardenwatch #springwatch #dorset #dorsetnature #discovernaturedorset #bournemouth #natureparties

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Day 3 #30dayswild We had been seeing everyone posting about bananas and butterflies going mad for them, so thought why not give it a go. We have a corner at the back of the garden where all the butterflies like to hang out so put out 4 bamboo canes and skewered the banana onto it. After lots of solid watching and waiting we have seen no butterflies visit our 'butterfly feeder'. HOWEVER in the picture you can seen this beautiful beast of a beetle. This is a European Rose Chafter or Cetonia Aurata. They spend the first few years of their life as larvae and then emerge for 6-12 months in their bright beautiful green beetle form. These beetle are persecuted due to their chomping of plants. They are clearly devouring the banana on the 'Butterfly feeder'. They aren't the most elegant at flying, but I am glad they are in the garden =). As the Beatles would say....We love you yeah, yeah yeah! _________________________________ #30dayswildchallenge #30dayswild2019 #rosechafer #beetles #invertebrates #minibeasts #butterflyfeeder #dorsetlife #discovernaturedorset #dorsetwildlife #gardenwildlifeuk #gardeningforwildlife

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A few months ago we caught Winks on camera in the garden. Our usual suspects were Stockings, Dumpster and Ears. However it was interesting to discover this week that Winks has had cubs! We presume she first appeared in the garden on a scouting mission for a new den and found a nice premade abandoned one! Winks is easily recognisable as she is actually blind in one eye. We're not sure how this has happened, most likely due to a previous fight. It doesn't hinder her in anyway and she is catching a lot of birds during the night for her little cubs. The cubs already have so much personality. Two love to play and the other cub is the serious one. Just need names for them to welcome them to the wonderful wildlife haven. _________________________________ #foxes #fox #foxcubs #dorsetlife #dorset #dorsetnature #babies #babyanimals #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #gardenwildlife #gardenwildlifeuk

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THE CUBS ARE OUT!

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YEYYYYYYYYYYY survey season has started!!!! Over winter reptiles and surveyors go into a mini hibernation like state ready to emerge when the weather heats up. The most common one you're likely to see are slow worms which love composts in your garden. We are lucky to have the headquarters for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation trust here in Bournemouth! They are a great way in getting out and learning more about our native reptiles and amphibians. _________________________________ #reptiles #ukwildlife #ukreptiles #nativeanimals #gardening #gardenwildlifeuk #dorsetwildlife #dorset #discoverdorset #discovernaturedorset #slowworms #lizards #amphibianandreptileconservationtrust

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Try it Thursday. A log pile! Log piles are so nice and simple to create and benefit a whole host of species. All you have to do is put a whole lot of sticks together. You could have a small log pile which will attract a host of invertebrate species in no time. Or if you have the space and resources a slightly larger one. Our birds love hiding in-between the log pile and most likely picking off the bugs which have moved in there. We've left an area of ground as disturbed soil by the log pile which the house sparrow love having dust baths in. Later on in the year the log piles will provide vital cover for any amphibian species which choose to enter your garden. So give this simple log pile a try at home or in school and you'll be amazed at how quickly the minibeasts colonise it. _________________________________ #minibeasts #tryitthursday #gardenbirds #gardening #gardeningforwildlife #gardenspecies #discoverdorset #dorsetnature #discovernaturedorset #schoolactivities #logpile #invertebrates #amphibians #helpwildlife #getoutsideandplay #explorediscoverlearn #bournemouthparties #natureparties #bournemouth

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Website issues resolved! It appears we had some issues over the weekend with our website. Apologies to anyone it may have affected. All issues should now have been resolved! Don't forget to check out our events calendar for a list of nature events happening in Dorset, some exciting ones coming up from different organisations. _________________________________ #websitework #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #natureruns #natureevents #natureparties #bournemouthparties #bournemouthevents #pooleevents #dorsetevents

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One service we offer is private tutoring. Sharon- 17th March 2019 My son had his first lesson with Laura yesterday, He really enjoyed it as he was apprehensive before and is so looking forward to his next one. Laura was so friendly and put him at ease as soon as she came in, she shared some of her passions and likes with him, when she left, he felt as if she was his new exciting friend, as well as really enjoying his lesson. Thank you Laura Nicola- 27th November, 2018 Laura is so lovely and had all the time in the world for my little girl who adores her. What an amazing find. People could need tutoring for a variety of different reasons and the main thing is that it should be fun! In this lesson here we were doing an English activity. Sentence Story gets children into thinking what constitutes as a sentence. The way to play the game is you think of a completely random topic and that's the title of the story. Once in pairs (or a small team) you can start the story. One person writes a sentence and passes it onto the next person. You can always read what the previous person has written. In this session our random word was 'red key' which led to buried treasure! Very exciting getting to do a treasure map. At the moment we are currently fully booked during term-time, however we do have availability during the holidays. Topics we offer primary schools are: - English - Maths - Science - 11+ Visit our website for more information: www.discovernaturedorset.co.uk/tutoring _________________________________ #primaryschoolresources #primarytimes #dorsetschool #hampshire #hampshireschool #tutoring #tutors #dorsetlife #learningisfun #11+ #elevenplus #storywriting #sentencestory #discovernaturedorset #www.discovernaturedorset.co.uk #bournemouthparties #bournemouth #bournemouthbusiness

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Try it Thursday! Today I've chosen Beeswax wrap. This is an alternative to plastic food containers. I had watched the videos and seemed brilliant so decided to try it. Got three different sizes to try and see. I cannot succeed in wrapping as well as the people seem to in the videos, but with a big enough piece I can make it stay in place! Easy to wash and best thing so far for wrapping cheese! ___________________________ #plasticfree #tryitthursday #plasticpollution #cooking #foodwaste #foodpackaging #education #discovernaturedorset #recycling #zerowasteliving #zerowaste #vegan

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Try it Thursday! To straw or not to straw that is the question. Last week we had the reusable make-up remover wipes which I've had reports back from others now trying them and being pleased Today we discuss straws! Straws are a hot topic and having gone to bowl Plex and the Odeon recently I was really impressed to find that they've moved away from plastic straws. Lots of other small businesses are doing it also with the metal straws. I've worked in a lot of wildlife places and we always said in our talks use less plastic and less disposable items. However if you went to the cafe afterwards it was always very saddening to see plastic straws, disposable cups (even for those staying in) which can't be recycled and the plastic sauce sachets (not even the option of using a bottle to put sauce on your chips). It would be great to see all (some are very good at this already) zoos and aquariums practicing what they preach 'reduce, reuse and recycle'. There are lots of alternatives out there! I've never been a fan of the metal straws in my mouth. I have recently discovered the silicon straws! What makes them even greater is they are convenient to take with you. So while the weather outside is not so pleasant I'll happily pretend summer is almost on the way with my delicious cocktail. To make: Half the cup with equal amounts of orange juice, apple juice and cranberry juice. The other half with lemonade. Garnish with a beautiful mint leaf! Enjoy :) _________________________________ @sobowastebusters @livekindlyecoshop #zerowasteliving #zerowaste #plasticfree #plasticpollution #makeadifference #reusablestraw #plasticfree #plasticstraws #tryitthursday #discovernaturedorset #bournemouth #bournemouthbusiness #recycle #reducereuserecycle #biaza #zoos #aquariums #sealifeaquarium

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A very small selection of pictures which are being included in our new nature session. Working hard to get all of our ID cards sorted for our hireable sandpit. Hiring out the sandpit includes some great resources, activity sheets and fun new games! The sandpit explores what animals can be found on our seashore and provokes discussion to what shouldn't be found there. It looks at why shells shouldn't just be looked over, but how the animals which once lived in them had some extraordinary powers. Keep your eyes peeled soon for our release date!!!! _________________________________ #beachschool #beachclean #noplastic #zerowaste #cleanourbeaches #savetheocean #natureparties #natureevents #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #naturenursery #primaryschoolresources #environmentaleducation #outreach #natureoutreach #learningisfun #bournemouthbeach #shells #lovenature #lovetheplanet

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Reusable make-up pads. When doing beach cleans one of the main items we always found were wipes! So had a discussion with a few people about what they use. Nowadays there are so many options out there. Normally to wash I'd use the bog standard flannel on the face and hope for the best! I've heard quite a few people rave about the reusable make-up pads and it's true.....they work really well! My face now feels softer and smoother. If you do choose to purchase this sort of item then just make sure they come with a wash bag as well. Next task is to have a go at making my own special toner to go with it! _________________________________ #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #plasticfree #lovetheplanet #lovenature #beachclean #savetheocean #discovernaturedorset #reusablepads #sustainability #reducereuserecycle #bournemouthbeach #bournemouth #poole #environmentaleducation #environment #environmentalcitizenship #schools #dorsetlife

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Happy Pancake day! We decided to start the day off with some chunky chocolate bat pancakes. Mmmm delicious! To make it you will need: 135g plain flour 1tsp baking powder Half a tsp salt 2 tbsp caster sugar 2 tbsp oil 1 large egg 130ml milk Sieve all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Whisk (with a fork) the egg and oil. Gradually mix in the milk. Once all the lumps have disappeared you're ready to put it onto the pan! Put a small amount of oil onto the pan and a small amount of mixture in the middle of the pan. Once cooked on both sides take out and use your cutter to get the desired shape! _________________________________ #baking #pancakerecipe #pancakeday #wildlife #natureactivities #natureparties #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #batconservation #bats #batsignal #bournemouthparties #bournemouth #pancakeday2019

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Happy #worldwildlifeday Celebrating all creatures! The natives and non natives. The large, small and all in-between. The fluffy and the scaley. Whatever your love is get out there and celebrate it. Not just today, but whenever you can :). _________________________________ #reptiles #greeniguana #slowworms #reptilesofinsta #wildlife #wildlifeevents #bournemouth #discovernaturedorset #animalcompany #dowhatyoulove #reptilelove #worldwildlifeday2019 #bournemouth #dorset #newforest #hampshire #poole

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I've seen a lot of people asking recently about what's best for garden ponds and a lot of advice given out. If you are in doubt then visit: https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/pond-clinic/?fbclid=IwAR0omg--0wzXHb5A6Hjp37-IDezzR31ONDXEj7oeB4SCQOneXMFsDBQpBMM There is some amazing information found by #freshwaterhabitatstrust Ponds are an easy way to help attract wildlife to your garden. We created two last year and in less than a week we had so many different invertebrate species there! They don't have to be giant, so don't worry if you're lacking in space. _________________________________ #pondlife #gardeningforwildlife #invertebrates #dragonflies #creatingapond #gardenwildlife #gardenwildlifeuk #freshwaterfish #pondfish #ponddipping #bioblitz #natureparties #wildlifeparties #bournemouthparties #dorsetparties #dorset #poole #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #freshwater #freshwaterhabitat

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Dumpster the fox got injured :( We love having the camera in the garden and have grown really attached to Dumpster and Stockings who are our two regular foxes in the garden. Sadly last night Dumpster got injured. You can see at the beginning of the night he is fine then sometime around midnight he has hurt his front right leg. We'll keep everyone updated on the progress with Dumpster. We have had quite a few problems with cats in the area attacking the foxes. Thankfully the cats don't come near the bird area (just watch enviously from a distance). The problem is the more wildlife friendly the garden gets the more the cats try to hide in the bushes. _________________________________ #fox #wildlifecamera #wildliferehabilitation #urbanwildlife #whatdoesthefoxsay #helpwildlife #gardeningforwildlife #dorsetwildlife #dorsetmammalgroup #mammalsociety #rspb #bournemouth #poole #education #newforest #discovernaturedorset #ilovefoxes #gingerninjas

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Great time at @highcliffecastle on the weekend. We went for a dance event, but ended up on the beach! Found a few catshark and ray eggs on our beach adventure. Delicious scones as well! What's the fastest cake? Sc-(g)oneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee #highcliffecastle #beachclean #beachschool #noplastic #plasticfree #sharktrustuk #catshark #sharks #education #earlyyears #bournemouthbeach #dorset #beachparty #halftermactivities #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #creamtea #greatjokes #scones #natureparties #ceroc #lovenature #lovethebeach #springishere #poole #bournemouth

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ANNOUNCEMENT! We have finally completed our events page. Our events page puts together lots of information about all the different wildlife events in the area by a whole range of organisations. With half term starting it's a really useful place to look and see what activities are happening next week. If you know of any organisations I've missed or want your own wildlife event uploaded then please let me know. www.discovernature.org.uk/events #natureparties #natureevents #wildlifeevents #bnss @primarytimesdor @dorsetmums100 @birdsofpooleharbour @dorsetwildlife @nationaltrust #dorsetmammalgroup #backfromthebrink @hengistburyhead @bournemouthcouncil @knollgardensfoundation @durlstoncountrypark @discoverbournemouth @discoverdorset.uk #halftermactivities #bournemouthbeach #dorset #visitdorset #naturenursery #poole #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #bournemouthwalks #gardeningforwildlife #gardenwildlifeuk #birdtalks #naturetalks #freetalks #freeevents #websitework #checkitout

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Another in the programme of events by #backfromthebrink at @birdsofpooleharbour . If you're into wildlife look both up. Back from the brink has been running a series of free talks over the winter months which is an amazing opportunity to learn more. Looking forward to going on some birding adventures! #learningisfun #birdsofpooleharbour #dorsetbirds #newforest #bournemouth #freetalks #birdwatch #birdingtours #poolewalks #bournemouthwalks #dorset #dorsetwildlife #wilddorset #wadingbirds #poolepark #boattours #sandbanks #brownseaisland #studland #discovernaturedorset #discoverdorset #discovernature

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Even the most urban of areas has the most beautiful places! The past few days we've seen: Woodpeckers Roe deer Collared doves Moorhens Mallards Wood pigeons We've smelt a lot of foxes in the area! Very distinct smell. Definitely going to be creating sniff boxes! Can't wait until summer comes :) #poolewalks #wallisdown #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #dorsetparties #dorset #dorsetwildlife #urbanwildlife #pigeons #roedeer #birdsarecool #mallards #discoverdorset #cockerpoo #dogwalksuk #springishere #summeriscoming #natureparties #bournemouth #bournemouthwalks #bournemouthparties #lessonplanning #schools #learningisfun #education #earlyyears #naturenursery

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The mystery of the toad sign.... Having just recently moved to Wallisdown I decided to get to know my local wildlife hotspots. On a walk I saw this sign. I couldn't find any data on it and @froglifers were not aware of it, so I contacted Poole council. Who were incredibly speedy and helpful. So it transpires that this sign was put up back in the 1990s, however there is no data for it! Now each morning and evening our daily walks are on a mission to see if we see A. Any toads/frogs B. Any spawn So far nothing yet! #froglife #toadsonroads #toad #toadpatrol #arguk #amphibianandreptileconservationtrust #bournemouth #poolewalks #urbanwildlife #bournemouthwalks #natureparties #wildlife #nature #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #discoverdorset #dorsetwildlifetrust #dorsetwildlife #frogs #toadlove #amphibians #toadlife #ecologist #bournemouthparties

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The Adventures of Vern! The book is written and we're just in the stages now of getting all the artwork done. The book is about a hedgehog called Vern who loves to go on adventures. It's educational and fun with the challenge to find the worm on every page! Stay tuned for more news and future competitions! #theadventuresofvern #earlyyears #eyfs #booksforchildren #childrenbookillustration #schools #education #lessonplanning #ukwildlife #hedgehogs #hughwarwick #hedgehogpreservationsociety #primarytimes #raringtogo #dorsetmums @dorsetmums100 #primaryschoolresources #gardenwildlifeuk #gardeningforwildlife #bournemouth #bookshops #birthdaypartyideas #natureparties #discovernature #discovernaturedorset

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Happy Chinese New Year In celebration I've decided to post this picture of a wild boar. Photo credit to @woodlandtrust One dream this year is to see them in The New Forest! Happy year of the pig! #chinesenewyear #yearofthepig2019 #wildboar #newforest #newforestboar #pig #pigsofinsta #woodlandtrust #wildlife #newforestwildlife #forestofdean #discovernature #discovernaturedorset #pannage #bournemouth #wildlifeparties #extinctanimals #backfromextinction #reallifewonders #localwildlife #onourdoorstep

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While the weather outside is frightful, my lizard is so delightful! Stumpy Spike wishes everyone a Happy Monday. Hopefully he'll give me inspiration I need to start writing my new book! #reptiles #beardeddragon #happymonday #wildlife #discovernature #discovernaturedorset #gloomydays #nomoresnow #bournemouthparties #poole #bournemouth #writingday #lessonplanning #schools #leafletdesign #ilovereptiles

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Stockings somehow manages to annoy Badger. She is very territorial over the garden. At least she knows when to run away! Very surprised to see the Badgers out so often at the moment. For more information on Badgers visit @badgertrust www.badgertrust.org.uk. #badgerlove #stockingsthefox #dorsetbadgers #pooleparties #natureparties #wildlifeparties #badgertrust #bournemouth #bournemouthparties #wildlifecamera #badgercam #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #fox #whatdidthefoxsay

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Such a great week teaching at a language school and some amazing posters made by the students! #exchangestudent #biology #lessonplanning #gcse #languageschool #wildlife #naturelessons #learningisfun #discovernaturedorset #bournemouth

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Wow! Pacu Cam has been the best gift. Last night it picked up an animal I've been dreaming about for a long time. Last year I got to see a Badger for the first time- a fleeting moment! Now to find out we have Badgers in our garden is magical. #badgers #wildlifecamera #wildlife #gardeningforwildlife #gardenwildlifeuk #dorsetwildlife #mammals #mammalsociety #bournemouth #discovernature #dorsetbadgers #poole #dreamsdocometrue #dorset #badgerlove #bestdayever #discovernaturedorset #badgertrust @badgertrust

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Loving #biggardenbirdwatch Great excuse for me to take an hour out of lesson planning to observe the birds in the garden. Favourite birds: the two long tailed tits we get visiting every day. Super cute. I do also love our two pigeons who have such character. Lastly our two blackbirds are brilliant! Very inquisitive of the wildlife camera. @rspb_love_nature #birdwatch #birds #nature #pigeons #woodpigeons #blackbirds #gardenbirdsuk #bournemouth #poole #wallisdown #discovernature #discovernaturedorset #wildlifecamera #wildlife #birdsarecool #lessonplanning #ilovelearning #birdfeeders

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Today Riley and I decided to go to Talbot Heath. A lovely local heathland walk which we definitely don't visit enough! #cockerpoo #rileythecockerpoo #dorset @discoverdorset.uk #discovernature #discovernaturedorset #learningisfun #bournemouth #heathlands #bournemouthwalks #thegreatheath #dorsetwildlifetrust #dorsetwildlife #sssi #poole

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Got my pack today from @rspb_love_nature. Binoculars ready! Bird ID sheets ready! Bird feeder replenished! Snacks sorted! Can't wait for the #biggardenbirdwatch. Looking forward to making some great suet balls other snacks for the birds and other garden wildlife. #birds #birdwatch #wildlifecamera #gardenbirdsuk #discovernaturedorset #discovernature #lovenature #gardeningforwildlife #natureparties #naturelessons #lessonplanning.

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Great science lesson last night with volcano making! #scienceisfun #sciencewithkids #lessonplanning #bournemouth #discovernature #volcanoeruption #discovernaturedorset

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Puppy and Tortoise keeping me company while I work through upcoming lesson plans! #animalcompany #puppy #cockerpoo #lessonplanning #nature #education #discovernaturedorset #tortoise #tortoisewins #seashore #seashorelessons #beachschool

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Waking up to all the frost makes me realise that I can't wait for summer to come. Can we just join the other animals in hibernation until then? #missingsummer #animals #hibernation #wakeupinsummer #ducklingsofinstagram #ducklings #dorsetherpetology #bournemouth #bournemouthgardens #squirrelsofbournemouth #bournemouthsquirrels #discovernature #discovernaturedorset

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Wowza great footage the other night! Stockings is getting increasingly more confident. She now ignores the camera. - 1st video in the daytime stockings is walking around checking out the bird feeder area. -2nd video is Stockings and Dumpster having a nose kiss. -3rd video is Stockings being groomed by Ears! Stockings is the youngest and the most frequent visitor to the garden. Starting to show her personality a bit more. Also likes to guard her area in the garden. Ears is very inquisitive. We assume she may be the mum to Stockings. Dumpster usually appears by himself (or herself). Tolerates Stockings very well! Stockings tried to attack him last night and he just ignored her. #fox #foxlife #nature #wildlifecamera #dorsetmammalsociety #discovernature #discovernaturedorset #stockingsthefox

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While getting our garden ready for summer to start our nature workshop sessions.....we stumbled across 4 juvenile slow worms all hibernating together. All are safe and sound in the slow worm hotel now! #natureschool #reptiles #slowworms #amphibianandreptileconservationtrust #darn #dorsetreptiles #hibernation #discovernature #natureparties #ilovereptiles #bournemouth #education #slowwormsarethebest #gardenwildlife #wildlifegardening #discovernaturedorset

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Great day out today. Lovely walk at boscombe with some ray and shark eggs found. Followed by an interesting entomology talk at Bournemouth Natural Science Society. #bnss #boscombebeach #cockerpoo #herringgull #thesharktrust #greattalks #gardenmoths #mothsofengland #beach #nature #discovernature #discovernature #discovernaturedorset

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A FOXXXXXXXX The wildlife camera is picking up some great stuff. Will this fox be a Carrie or a Chuck?! #fox #nature #wildlifecamera #discovernature #nightadventures #stockingsthefox #discovernaturedorset

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Looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch 26-28 January! The bird feeders are up and so many species already within a week! Sign up to www.rspb.org.uk for your free pack! #birds #greatgardenbirdwatch #rspb #gardenbirdsuk #naturebirthdayparties #discovernature #birdsofinstagram #wildlifecamera #wildlife #gardenwildlife #bournemouth #poole #discovernaturedorset

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CHANCE TO WIN- Keep reading for more information. The season is soon upon us for toad patrols! Toads hold a special place in my heart, true they may not be the most attractive with their warty skin, but this warty skin can secrete toxins, making them unappealing to predators. A very cool defense technique! For those thinking what is she talking about toads for and why is there such a thing as a toad patrol. We'll around springtime toads will emerge from their overwintering sites and make their way to their ancestral breeding ground. They will usually return to the same pond every year, taking the same route- lucky for us as it means we know where to find and help them. Unfortunately they are unaware of the dangers that cars can pose to them and haven't learnt to look both ways yet. Which is where we come in! @froglifers have a great website where if you type in the postcode you can find out where your nearest toad patrol is. Their website is www froglife.org.uk/what-we-do/toads-on-roads. So for your chance to win a Discover Nature Goody pack then comment below answering this question..... How do you tell the difference between a frog and a toad? (A winner will be selected at random) #wildlife #dorset #froglife #toadsonroads #discovernature #toads #frog #gardenwildlife #discovernaturedorset

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Here is the infamous and rare (one of a kind) Greater Spotted Simon. The first to be caught on the wildlife camera! #wildlifecamera #greaterspottedsimon #discovernature #discovernaturedorset

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The marketing leaflets are ready! Discover Nature is ready to take on bookings. #naturebirthdayparties #natureschool #discovernature #wildlifeeducation #environmentaleducation #beachschool #learningisfun #discovernaturedorset

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Our wildlife camera is picking up our garden birds nicely. No more Greater Spotted Simon's have made an appearance! #wildlife #gardenbirdsuk #discovernature #wildlifecamera #nighttimeadventures #blackbird #birdsoļ¬nstagram #discovernaturedorset

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