December 1, 2021 at 11 a.m. 00 AM
We are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful countryside in the Great Oasis Valley. And this means that while we sleep, wildlife delights in our garden – and sometimes it scares us! Here, Bridget Flanagan, from the Great Oasis Valley Trust, shares some of her own experiences.
We look forward to designing boundaries and identifying areas – but nature and wildlife do not pay much attention to them. In general, we think our urban and rural areas are isolated from the countryside.
We do our best to invite some wildlife to visit our gardens – at the same time we do our best to keep others away.
Almost all birds are welcome, and the country is wasting its resources buying food to attract it. Rabbits, on the other hand, are certainly not on our guest list. And then the rest of the visitors, most of the night, arrive uninvited and unannounced – some leaving a small trail, while others ignore the rules of the house and consider the place as their own.
So who are these night visitors? It is fun to sit in the garden, because the night falls on a hot summer night, and watch the bats land on the insects, or gradually learn how the hedgehog swings in the shade. The foxes are everywhere. Only the ‘military’ zone of the garden can take care of them.
Food is a huge attraction and wildlife visitors see our gardens as juice, auction, often beautiful and often as storage. Easier than feeding fodder in the yard.
The Muntjac deer – which seems to be everywhere – find winter flowers unbearable, and even conveniently planted in pots above the head.
Tulip sprouts are a special delicacy, just like the young shoots and leaves of soft roses.
The Bajaj, who recently came to my garden, is a badger that takes deep gusts out of the lawn to get whips and worms. When new crocus and silla bulbs were planted, he could not believe his luck and ate the lot.
And a larger mammal, with greater appetite, has now appeared. When I returned home one night last week, my car’s headlights lit up two roe deer in the front yard. To our surprise, we looked at each other and then disappeared. They will certainly return. After all, whose garden is it?
Great Ows Valley Trust promotes public landscaping, wildlife and heritage conservation, restoration and enjoyment in the Great Owse Valley in Cambridgejeshire County. For more information about trust, please visit www.greatousevalleytrust.org.uk and follow us on Facebook.