Corona Wildlife Diary: Day Five

22 March 2020 | Posted in Michael Blencowe
Corona Wildlife Diary: Day Five

As the world shuts down around us the uplifting role that wildlife plays in our lives becomes more vital than ever. So, for my own sanity, I’m going to keep a daily diary of what I find around my garden.  Photograph the wildlife you can see from your window or in your garden and post your pictures on the Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Table page.

Day Five

It’s Mother’s Day. Back in January I was planning on driving down to Devon to visit my mum for Mother's Day.  However, what I foolishly didn’t factor in to my plans was the possibility of a global viral pandemic. The spread of the virus is starting to accelerate now. I had a phone call yesterday - a friend has tested positive for Covid-19. It's distressing news but something I’m going to have to get used to hearing in the coming weeks. My parents have shut themselves indoors and are keeping safe. I’m really impressed with how calm and sensible they’re being about all this. One less thing for me to worry about.

I posted my mum a card (and some toilet paper) instead. 


I’ve had a load of nice comments this week about these daily diaries, thank you to everyone who has messaged me. It’s nice to know someone’s actually reading them. Wildlife has always given me comfort, hope and inspiration and I hope you can also find some time each day to listen to some birdsong or stare at a seagull and take your mind off things, even if just for a few minutes.  So, as long as my luck and my lungs hold out, I’ll keep staring, listening and writing. 

The weekend’s sunny weather has been uplifting and reassuringly spring-like – a real contrast to the unfamiliar difficult situation that we’re all in. I’ve actually been enjoying my enforced isolation and I’ve spent all weekend out in the garden, something I haven’t done for a long, long time.  As I’m going to be focussing on the wildlife in my garden in these diaries I thought now would be a good time to give you the guided tour.



  • Eloise:

    22 Mar 2020 13:34:00

    Great video of your empire … (even the ugly statues will be loved by insects … wood lice etc )…. thank goodness we are lucky enough to have a garden !!

  • Verity Ludlow:

    22 Mar 2020 14:40:00

    Can I have the pig please please please 😊

  • Isabel Jeffers:

    22 Mar 2020 14:59:00

    Keep hoping for your denizens of the fennel. We have been at our house for 36 years and never saw a gold finch here but this winter 3 or 4 have been around every day scoffing the chopped sunflower seeds.

  • Tanya Kemp:

    22 Mar 2020 15:14:00

    Absolutely spot on, interesting, humble, honest.. and great fun. Once again, thank you Michael.

  • Kathryn:

    22 Mar 2020 18:00:00

    Loving the diary Michael & love the garden. This is going to be one of my survival events in coming weeks!
    Thank you 😊

  • Pearl Carter:

    22 Mar 2020 18:33:00

    Great wildlife garden. The messier the better as far as wildlife is concerned but I would probably sort the pond out a bit.

  • Heather Twizell:

    22 Mar 2020 20:29:00

    Thanks so much for this Blencs! I’m not usually great at following blogs and things but saw this in Marian’s FB feed and have been following ever since. Thinking I might put Linus and the boy (now 5) to work this summer taking up the entirely pointless and unnecessary concrete path in our garden. Look forward to seeing more of the wildlife in yours as the year progresses.

  • Richard Young:

    22 Mar 2020 22:43:00

    Great tour Mr Blencowe! I look forward to seeing the wild flowers meadow and hopefully the bbq lit( and cleaned!)
    Thank you 😊


    22 Mar 2020 23:34:00

    Love it, can’t believe you have been there 8 years already.

  • jon mason:

    22 Mar 2020 23:43:00

    Thanks Mr B,
    hope you can keep this up for at least 12 Weeks or so. Lovely to see the old garden and lovelier to hear you. xxx I’ll try and get a snap of the Barn Owl it’s been around every evening about 4:30 , 5pm last 5 days on the trot. xxx

  • Brian:

    13 Apr 2020 19:41:00

    Excellent and very funny. The effigy of prize clown beefy Botham was a big laugh.

  • Ginny-Vic:

    17 Jun 2020 21:48:00

    You should defo do nature programme voice overs!

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