Wednesday, 10 June 2015

30 Days Wild: Day 10, Making a bee/ butterfly watering hole

First thing this morning, as most days, we retrieved our camera trap from the garden, where it was facing into the woods behind us, and checked to see if we had captured anything.  Having had a bad run over the last few days with the camera not quite pointing in the right direction or just not working for unknown reasons, we were really pleased to see a few nice bits of footage from last night: a badger (more than one clip of badgers, but I'll just share one here)...


a muntjac deer (walks into frame right at the end of the footage)...


and a fox who pooped in front of the camera (at about 45secs), to the younger boy' great delight!...


It's so lovely knowing that this is all going on just the other side of our fence - and hopefully I will remember the right angle to fix the camera trap tonight as it looks like our little patch is pretty active most nights, if we can only capture it!

Anyway, once we had checked the footage it was time for the usual Home Ed MathsWhizz and a little bit of handwriting, then the boys did some more work on their lapbooks - all of are nature-based, which is not surprising as the boys all love wildlife etc.  Youngest made a matching card game based on the seasons, courtesy of Twinkl...


and Middle made a card fan showing the Arctic Fox's Diet, courtesy of Homeschool Share...


while Eldest, who is not doing a lapbook, had a look at GCSE Geography (looking at rivers) courtesy of BBC Bitesize.  I was pretty confident that it would be within his grasp, and sure enough, he did mention that it seemed a bit simple.  Long may it remain so!

Finally, for our Random Act of Wildness we made a "watering hole" for bees and butterflies, using a shallow tray, some large rocks for butterflies to spread their wings on, some gravel for them to walk on so they don't drown, and some pretty glass pebbles hoping that the colour might attract the insects...


It was really quite therapeutic, especially as Middle was quite particular about where it was all placed, and anything involving water always goes down well, so it made for another nice soothing activity!  I can't say that it has been used a lot this afternoon, but it hasn't really been sunny enough for many insects to be out.  It's right next to our window though, so hopefully we will see it being used in time - we just need to keep it topped up daily and keep an eye on it.

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