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Spring has Sprung!

Bowdleflode News No. 46 – March 2022
Baby rhino following its mother through the bush with it nose millimetres from her back leg.

March signals the sign of Spring here in the UK and we are asking who’s ready for it?

Traditionally, nature starts to wake up from its long winter sleep and Spring’s arrival can evoke wonderful memories of nature as a child and make it exciting to see and hear them every year. Fresh green growth pushing through the earth, bumblebees emerging and iconic bluebells creating a stunning blue carpet in woodland glades.

For budding photographers and videographers this is a wonderful season to capture nature. So this month we challenge our readers and families to find a spot near where you live where nature is ready to burst into life. This could be your local park, woodlands, village pond, countryside walk, or even your own garden! Get snapping wildlife in action or an image which you think captures Springtime, and be as creative as you like! Share your finds with us at hello@bowdleflodes.com with the subject line SPRING WATCH and include your name, age if a school child and location of your image. We will feature the best submitted across our social media pages and next newsletter! 

Signs of Spring

Things to look out for in the UK

1. Growth & Greenery
Look for all the new leaves unfolding on trees and plants, how many shapes can you find?

2. Spring Flowers
Snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and cowslips are some of the most common you might see.

3. Birdsong
Birds start singing again and nest-building. Look for classic, bowl-shaped nests of woven grasses and twigs

4. Frogspawn
Frogs return to the water to mate and lay eggs near the water’s edge where it’s sunniest. They’ll even lay in ditches or tractor ruts, have a peer in them when you’re out on a spring walk.

5. Butterflies & Bees
The first sign of a bumblebee or butterfly is a sure sign that spring is on its way.

Koalas are now endangered.  It’s official!

Australia has just designated the koala an endangered species amid unprecedented pressure on the marsupials’ eucalyptus tree habitats across the country’s eastern states.  Classed as vulnerable only 10 years ago, there is now a need for increased protection.

Conservationists have long been calling for more support for the koala amid dramatic declines in populations across the country. The impact of prolonged drought, summer bushfires, and the cumulative impacts of disease, urbanisation and habitat loss over the past twenty years have led to the decision.

The endangered status of the koala means they and their forest homes should be provided with greater protection under Australia’s national environment law. In conjunction with the changed status, the government will also work on a recovery plan for the koala supported by funding of 74 million Australian dollars.

The situation reached a point where Australia were at risk at losing their national icon and has certainly been a wake up call for the government. Faster action is needed to protect critical habitats from development and climate change impacts. Thousands of koalas are thought to have been among the native animals killed in the fires that swept Australia’s eastern and southern states in late 2019 and early 2020.

Elk come to Highland Scotland!

A female Eurasian elk.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has just welcomed a new female Eurasian elk at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig.

The elk who goes by the name ‘Ash’, arrived at the park in February from the Scottish Deer Centre and has been introduced to the wildlife conservation charity’s resident male, Raven, as part of the breeding programme for the species.

Historically native to Scotland, Eurasian elk are the largest living deer species and are still found across much of Europe. They are easily distinguished by their humped shoulders, overhanging muzzle, and the hanging flap of skin and hair, known as the ‘bell’, which hangs down beneath the throat.

The Eurasian elk have a heavy body, with long legs and a short tail.  The male is larger than the female, and has antlers, which are the largest of any deer species, spanning up to 2 metres across and weighing as much as 30 kilograms.

Bowdleflode of the Month

This month’s Bowdleflode has been created by Izab from Greta Rowe School, Kenya

Meet… OSTRICH!

 

Izab describes his creation as:

“Clever, playful, curious, energetic, independent and strong.”

Thank you Izab for your wonderful creation!

👏 👏⠀

 

World Book Day

3rd March 2022

Wondering what book to pick up next? Keen to try a new author? Looking for a book to inspire a reluctant reader? Look no further than adding The Bowdleflode Stories to your little ones library! Reading for pleasure on World Book Day and all year round, the Bowdleflode Stories offer children the opportunity to imagine the impossible!

Available from Amazon and Waterstones.