What do you see on your allotment?

I don’t just mean jumbo carrots and bumper tomato crops (although I’m happy for you if that’s what feasts your eye) but animals.

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species wants to know, and I’ve only just found out about their Living with Mammals survey which takes place in May and June every year. But there’s still time to join in a bit this year, and it’s definitely gone into my diary for next year!

Here’s what they say: We need your help with a survey to find out how our wild animals use the built environment and the green spaces within it. By carefully identifying and counting the mammals that live in and around built up land, we can begin to understand – and encourage – the biodiversity on our doorstep. The survey takes place between April and June of each year and requires you to spend some time observing a chosen site (eg your garden or allotment) throughout the survey period.

So far on the allotment we’ve seen: a large rat, two feral cats, and a very small fox and we've only been going up for a few weeks. What do you see on yours?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, June 23, 2008


Anonymous Simon Kirby said...

I enjoy the birds on my allotment. Robins and blackbirds when I'm digging, and for the first time this year the jackdaws have actually come within a couple of feet looking for worms. My plot has moles, and I'm very happy to share it with them. Red kites also visit, but my council poisons the rats on site and make no effort to pick up carcases so I worry for them.

Thanks for the link - but it's picked up a bit of text at the start so doesn't work as is.

Cheers, Simon

June 25, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Matron said...

No such luck in seeing anything endangered on my plot. Only slugs and snails here!

June 26, 2008 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Simon, apologies - html corrected!

Matron, that's really sad - one allotment holder here has seen a pair of mating jays, but I haven't been lucky enough yet ... I'm sure the wildlife will turn up on your plot sooner or later though.

June 26, 2008 at 6:43 AM  

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