Corona Wildlife Diary: Day Thirty-one

, 17 April 2020
Corona Wildlife Diary: Day Thirty-one

With our world shut down around us the uplifting role that wildlife plays in our lives becomes more vital than ever. So, for my own sanity as much as anything, 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.

We'll be holding the Back Garden Bird Race on Sunday this week (as the weather looks better than Saturday). Same time 10:00-11:00. I'll post more details tomorrow. 

Day Thirty-one

Did he just say we've got at least another three weeks of this!?

Well,  don't worry ladies and gentlemen. I've found the antidote to the doom and gloom caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. It's been under my neighbour's shed all along.

Remember on Sunday when I filmed that female fox with the trail camera? (here). I was saying that it's amazing to think that a family of wild dogs is living somewhere in my cul-de-sac and I was wondering where their den was.

Well, a few nights back, while I was putting an empty tequila bottle in the recycling bin by the back door, I heard a rustling noise. There was something going on just over our wall and behind my neighbour's shed. 

So the next evening I put the trail camera on a tripod, leaned it over the wall, pointed it down and left it there for the night.

Here's what's been happening just 94cm from my kitchen door.

Have a safe weekend folks.

Corona Wildlife Diary archive here

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  • Rebecca:

    Thank you for sharing the fox video it has made my day.

    17 Apr 2020 08:00:00

  • Nigel Kemp:

    Wow! Michael. What a lovely watch. There’s 2, no 3, oh 5, I think I counted 8 pups in the end. Absolutely delightful.

    17 Apr 2020 09:04:00

  • Fran:

    Thank you Michael – wonderful video.

    17 Apr 2020 09:18:00

  • Eloise:

    That is totally adorable …thank you for sharing !

    17 Apr 2020 10:49:00


    Gorgeous Michael, thank you

    17 Apr 2020 11:32:00

  • Clifford Dean:

    I do hope your Essential Supplies of tequila have not run too low.

    17 Apr 2020 11:59:00

  • Ginny-Vic:

    Thank goodness the tequila bottle was empty otherwise you might never have discovered where they were living! So cute! I particularly love the rolling one! Thank you for the lovely diary! I like reading it! xx

    17 Apr 2020 12:18:00

  • El:

    Lovely footage!!!

    17 Apr 2020 21:14:00

  • Ruth:

    That was fantastic! Just like watching 101 dalmations, they just kept on coming. Great footage, thanks!

    18 Apr 2020 10:32:00

  • Lisa:

    That’s just made my month! There’s a den on the street where I live so I’ll be keeping a closer eye on activity now!

    18 Apr 2020 14:12:00

  • Diane:

    We had a family of foxes under our shed in London (very close to Richmond park) mum would feed the cubs in the garden!! Absolutely fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing this video.

    23 Apr 2020 10:50:00

  • Una Wareham:

    Absol superb —-

    23 Apr 2020 10:55:00

  • Pat Savidge:

    Lovely film, really cheered me up, many thanks

    23 Apr 2020 10:58:00

  • Heather Hedges:

    Now I know why I joined Sussexwildlife! Looking forward to sharing friends – they might join up tomorrow!

    23 Apr 2020 10:59:00

  • mary barber:

    How delightful!
    I just can’t understand the people who still justify killing them fun.
    Made my day.

    23 Apr 2020 12:25:00

  • Maggie C:

    Absolutely beautiful. I am sure they are behind my summerhouse as my very tiny dog shoots up there if she gets the chance at night. Had 2 cubs on front lawn playing boxing one year.

    23 Apr 2020 13:37:00

  • Really amazing thanks for sharing made my day.

    23 Apr 2020 13:41:00

  • Rachel Slark:

    What a beautiful thing to see

    23 Apr 2020 13:44:00

  • Lynnette:

    What a great heart-warming video to cheer everyone up.
    Michael your diary keeps me sane and smiling!

    23 Apr 2020 14:06:00

  • Val harden:

    Thank you for caring and sharing. ‘T’was just what I needed. Am stuck in France for the ‘lockdown’ and it is truly soulless and rather lonesome. I miss Glorious Blighty with all it’s faults and funny ways. Bless you.

    23 Apr 2020 14:24:00

  • Juliette:

    Very special! Are all eight from the same mother ???I had no idea a vixen could have so many cubs.

    23 Apr 2020 14:52:00

  • Jane Pereira:

    Lovely, they looked as though they were on wheels. Thank you.

    23 Apr 2020 15:16:00

  • Derek Grieve:

    Absolutely delightful to watch A real treat

    23 Apr 2020 15:25:00

  • Pauline Macadam:

    What a blessing. Thank you for sharing it. We can learn so much from animals.

    23 Apr 2020 16:12:00

  • FAY:

    Mama and babies having fun. 😁😍
    So lovely!

    23 Apr 2020 17:11:00

  • Liz Druce:

    What beautiful healthy looking cubs

    23 Apr 2020 21:45:00

  • Mrs Valerie Charles:

    Lovely to see

    23 Apr 2020 21:47:00

  • Christina Stanton:

    How gorgeous! And so many cubs!!! Would love to see their progress!

    23 Apr 2020 22:21:00

  • Louise brittle:

    Fabulous video . Nature is so beautiful and adaptable.

    24 Apr 2020 07:49:00

  • trudy:

    Wonderful to see. Thank you so much. Do hope they all stay safe and healthy.

    24 Apr 2020 15:44:00

  • Liz hunter:

    What a lovely video of the fox and her cubs, thank you.

    25 Apr 2020 12:22:00

  • Jenny Davies:

    Thank you Michael. That was a joy to watch! I’m enjoying reading your diary.

    29 Apr 2020 07:29:00

  • jeff:

    Many thanks, really enjoyed the video. More please.

    30 Apr 2020 20:28:00