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What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby J1Star » 14 Nov 2013, 17:46

I can see a lot of talk about pets and stuff, which is fantastic, but I would love to know if you have any other regular inhabitants to your area. For instance, I have recently discovered that there is an army (correct term!) of toads living around our property, a colony of snails in our side garden and we also have frequent blue tit visitors :) The reason why I said 'organisms' is because of course some people don't have the space/ facilities to accommodate (voluntary or otherwise!) birds and beasts but might have a nice plant or tree near them (For instance we have a firethorn in our garden). Please share!
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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby Oakapple » 14 Nov 2013, 20:00

I'm also in London. We have snails and slugs (no hedgehogs to eat them though).

Lots of garden birds, great tits, blue tits ,sparrows, starlings. Also magpies, crows and gulls. We are close to Wanstead flats which has more varieties of bird than I can identify.

Foxes.

As for trees, we have a tiny garden but have managed to acquire mostly self seeded, quite a few of the Ogham trees which I am delighted at. Elder, holly, ash,ivy,even an oak! Apple, blackthorn and honeysuckle which I have planted.

The place is teeming with life! Thanks for making me stop and notice it properly.
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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby Alwin » 14 Nov 2013, 23:09

Hi, J1Star!
I live in a small village in Switzerland close to the German border. If I look around I can see hundreds if insects, birds, snails (even some hairy guys!), frogs, toads, salamander, lizards, but also bigger animals like foxes, deer and even chamois!
Here are some images I took in my area. Enjoy! :)
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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby J1Star » 15 Nov 2013, 00:07

Oakapple, what a vast collection of beautiful nature you have around you :) lovely!
Alwin, I am very impressed with the photographs posted! A bat, wow! :star:

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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby ShadowCat » 15 Nov 2013, 09:44

On my own premises we have loads and loads of sparrows (we have nesting boxes and hedges around the perimeter). They dine on the feed of our chickens so they have the good life here. Also, several rooks, some of which nest in a disused chimney. A couple of bluetits come back every year (or their offspring returns). I've discovered 4 different species of ants, we have voles, mice, foxes and wild rabbits running around in the front garden.
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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby Alwin » 15 Nov 2013, 10:45

Oakapple, what a vast collection of beautiful nature you have around you :) lovely!
Alwin, I am very impressed with the photographs posted! A bat, wow! :star:
Thanks J1Star!
The bat was tricky to catch! I was snapping like mad with my camera against the sky. I'm sure at this point my neighbours considered me completely crazy! :D

The lowlands of Switzerland are densely populated. Buildings and roads spread everywhere. There are only some patches of forest left on the hillsides where agriculture is not profitable. But still there is an amazing wildlife.

I think it's more about taking some time to explore nature and open the eyes for all the beautiful little wonders everywhere.
Like this spider web or curious little ant

Btw, fantastic artworks on your website! I hope to see more of these in the next Eisteddfod Competition?! :wink:
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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby Aphritha » 15 Nov 2013, 16:07

Great photos, Alwin!
I'm in the midwestern US, in an average sized city that is surrounded by corn fields and patches of forest left around the rivers/creeks. What you might see around here are squirrels, rabbits, frogs, toads, deer, raccoons, possum, black birds, robins, sparrows, crow, bald eagles, hawks, woodchucks, chipmunks, coyote, wren, beavers, blue gill, bass, catfish, carp and skunks!


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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby J1Star » 15 Nov 2013, 23:05

Wonderful responses, it's lovely to see creatures of all sizes being included- four species of ants!
Thankyou Alwin, I appreciate your compliment on my art :)

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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby Alwin » 16 Nov 2013, 21:23

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Re: What organisms inhabit your area apart from pets?

Postby J1Star » 17 Nov 2013, 13:17

Beautiful!


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