The Countryside Code
The Countryside Code, issued by Natural England is designed to make rural areas safe for everyone to enjoy without infringing the rights of local people for whom the countryside is a place to live and work.
- Always close gates behind you (the farmer might have left it open, or someone might not have closed it properly – better to be safe than sorry and keep livestock safe)
- Follow the local signs and keep to marked paths. (Keep away from nesting birds and animals’ homes)
- Take only photographs and leave only footprints. Environment Acts protect most natural things and moving them is a criminal offence.
- Take litter home with you and dispose of ethically.
- Do not light fires, only have BBQ’s where it is completely safe to do so
- Think before you leap. Enjoy and respect the countryside for all living things.
Here is a quiz for you, There are no prizes, when you see me about you can tell me how many you got right and which ones you looked up. I hope you will learn more about the wonderful wildlife we are lucky enough to have around us. I hope you will be inspired to go out and have some adventures looking at wildlife for yourself.
- How far does a hedgehog travel each night?
- What is the correct name for otter poo?
- Which of these hibernates: deer, hedgehog, swallows?
- What is the difference between a moth and a butterfly?
- What are Timothy, Yorkshire Fog and Crested Dog’s Tail?
- What flower is lion’s tooth in French?
- How many hearts does an octopus have?
- What name is given to a tree that looses its leaves in Autumn?
- What is a common carder, white tailed and red tailed?
- How can you tell a cricket from a grasshopper?
- Can you name three of our four native snakes?
- What are long-tailed, coal and crested reptiles or birds?
- Is kelp a land or sea dwelling animal or plant?
- Burrows, drays and earths are used for what purpose?
- How many species of bats are there in Devon?
- What is a Tor?
- Sparrow hawk, buzzard and peregrine falcon are collectively called what?
- Which native British snake lays eggs?
- Name four British owls?
- Which Saint’s day falls on July 15th?
- What is the old English name for a green wood-pecker?
Bees: – To stock a garden fit for Bees is to think like a party host, tempting your guests with a wide selection and catering for all dietary requirements. While honey bees are not particular about which flowers the visit, wild bees are hugely diverse and each species tend to visit particular flowers. With 25 species of bumblebees and more than 250 species of solitary bee, it is not difficult to attract some into your garden however small the area is even a widow box can be a bee pit stop. Flowers give two rewards – nectar and pollen. Nectar is made up of the energy-rich carbohydrates (sugars) that powers bees for flight and nectar used by honey bees to make honey.
There are several ways of classifying animals. One of the easiest ways to start is with is the basics:
- Invertebrates: Animals without a backbone
- Insects: Animals with six or eight legs, including beetles that have wings and fly
- Amphibians: Animals that can live and breathe in water and on land
- Reptiles: Animals that are cold blooded
- Mammals: Animals that have fur and mammary glands
- Birds: Animals that have wings, feathers and lay eggs
Can you name some others?
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