Have you noticed, it’s getting much lighter in the mornings?
And the evenings too. You know what that means? Spring is on the way! Hurray, lots of lovely flowers will start popping up and lots of baby animals will be born. Oooh, that reminds me…
As this is the time of year that many wild animals have their young, we get lots of calls about ‘abandoned’ babies, such as fox cubs or chicks. But, in most cases, they haven’t been abandoned at all, and their parents are nearby, so it’s best to leave them alone.
Fox cubs explore around their den at four weeks old and fledglings (young birds which have left the nest but still need feeding) normally leave the nest after only two weeks! If you are still concerned about a young animal, you can read our advice on fox cubs and baby birds.
Frogs and toads
If you haven’t already seen any frogspawn, watch out for it appearing on ponds. Often there is a lot of frogspawn, which can look a bit over-crowded, but don’t worry, you won’t suddenly be over-run with thousands of frogs. Only about five of every 2,000 eggs laid will result in a healthy adult. That’s only one in every 400 – isn’t that amazing?
It might look warmer but spring can still be a bit chilly, especially in the early months. Keep a close eye on outdoor pets, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Put extra bedding in their homes and keep them in a shed or garage for extra shelter, until it’s a bit warmer outside.
And that reminds me too – summer’s just around the corner! Marvellous 🙂