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Welcome to our Year 2 Wildlife page!

We are starting to see a lot more wildlife outside and in our gardens now that we are well into Spring and almost into Summer! We will be posting pictures of various wildlife that we have spotted in our day to day lives.

If you find something that you would like to share on this page, email the Year 2 team your photos at:

year2@dovecote.school

Throughout the month of June you can take part in 30 Days Wild for free! Just head over to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust    to sign up and receive a free resource pack. There are also lots of ideas for things to make and do to connect to nature all whilst staying at home.

Wild 30 days

Here are some links from the Wildlife Trust that have more information about how to look after the wildlife in your gardens and local areas. There are also 'actions' you can do!

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-attract-butterflies-your-garden

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-attract-hedgehogs-and-badgers

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-create-container-garden-wildlife

Here are the resources for the 30 Days Wild Challenge

The activity cards give you a different idea to try each day and there is a window poster for you to display to show your friends and neighbours that you are taking part.  We hope that you enjoy yourselves.  

Tadpole - with front legs!

Miss Farrow spotted one of her tadpoles with front legs. Can you see them? I wonder how much longer it will take to transform into a frog?

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Peacock butterfly

This beautiful peacock butterfly was one of many attracted to this buddleia bush in the park at Willoughby-on-the-Wolds. They were feeding on the nectar which is found inside the beautifully scented flowers.

Peacock butterfly

Young frogs

A young frog is called a froglet. When its tail has disappeared completely it will be an adult frog. This one was found by the Loughrans at the ponds in Bulwell Hall park.

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Tadpole - with legs!

Finally Miss Farrow has found a tadpole with legs. They seem to be taking a long time to grow. Have you any ideas what might have happened?

Tadpole legs

Shield bug

Have a look at this shield bug. Can you find out another name given to these minibeasts?

shield bug

Frog

Where do you think this frog has been hiding in Miss Farrow's garden? Why would it like that place?

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Ladybird pupa on a rosebush leaf

Ladybirds like to eat greenfly and the rose bush on which I found the larva is covered in greenfly.

Hopefully when the larva turns into an adult ladybird it will eat the grrenfly!

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Woodlice found under a flowerpot

the woodlice liked the damp, dark microhabitat under the flower pot.

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A bumblebee

There were lots of bees buzzing around the flowers.  

 

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Miss Farrow recorded a Nature's Orchestra in the woods

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Miss Farrow found this small tortoiseshell butterfly

Small tortoise shell butterfly

Miss Farrow's leaf sketches

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Miss Measom found a bird's nest!

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Mrs Loughran saw geese and swans at the park!

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Millie-Rae fed the squirrels!

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Reiss has been feeding lots of birds in his garden!

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Can you recognise this minibeast from Mrs Loughran's garden?

Ladybird larva

Young spiders are called spiderlings. Here are some garden spider spiderlings.

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Hidden Great tit nest

This is a decorative air brick at the back of my library. I could hear the noisy chicks so I watched for a while as the adults came back to the nest for feeding time. They were far too quick for me to get a photo of the birds. Can you find out what a great tit looks like? 

Great tit nest

Cream-spot ladybird

This is one of the more rare ladybirds found in the UK. Mrs Loughran found it on her kitchen window sill. 

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Horse Chestnut tree

Maybe some of you watched the video we posted showing a year in the life of a horse chestnut tree. Here's a beautiful one in bloom in Vernon park this May. 

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