We decided a long time ago not to keep pets in the house. This is partly financial, and partly down to the level of commitment required. We have always quite liked the fact that we can go out for the day, or even the weekend, at short notice, without having to worry about who's going to take care of the furry offspring. It is still possible for children to observe and learn about animal behaviour, though, by encouraging wildlife into the garden. It helps animals find food and a safe place to be, and encourages children to be considerate to their environment. Here's how we brought birds and frogs to our garden.
We have always made a bit of an effort with our garden wildlife. We have a little pond, which gets a good supply of frogs. Including Crisp Packet Frog, who was discovered living in a crisp packet when we cleared some dense shrubbery. The Husband was not thrilled, as he was, understandably, expecting said crisp packet to be empty and got quite a shock when he discovered a rather large resident!
|It's a frog!|
Crisp Packet and his missus went on to have lots of babies and they were extremely cute, keeping Luke amused for hours! The pond is seriously tiny, but it is completely natural, we rarely interfere with it at all (except to feed the two goldfish in the summer) and try to keep plenty of reeds and plants groing around it, so that any visitors can feel protected and hide from any birds or cats that might have their eye on them.
|A baby frog|
As well as frogs, we also have some success with our bird box. You may remember, I wrote about a great recipe for birdcake, which is a cheap and easy way to provide a good food supply to attract birds. I am pleased to report that we still get Coal Tits returning each year, with the last babies flying the nest this morning. No photos, unfortunately, this time, as it all happened very quickly. I actually think there was a very small number. I only saw one, but I'm unsure if he was the only one, or we just happened to catch the last one leaving. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a small brood this year, though, since the box had it's fair share of problems over the previous few months.