Corona Wildlife Diary: Day Thirty-one

17 April 2020 | Posted in Michael Blencowe
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


  • Rebecca:

    17 Apr 2020 08:00:00

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

  • Nigel Kemp:

    17 Apr 2020 09:04:00

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

  • Fran:

    17 Apr 2020 09:18:00

    Thank you Michael – wonderful video.

  • Eloise:

    17 Apr 2020 10:49:00

    That is totally adorable …thank you for sharing !


    17 Apr 2020 11:32:00

    Gorgeous Michael, thank you

  • Clifford Dean:

    17 Apr 2020 11:59:00

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

  • Ginny-Vic:

    17 Apr 2020 12:18:00

    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

  • El:

    17 Apr 2020 21:14:00

    Lovely footage!!!

  • Ruth:

    18 Apr 2020 10:32:00

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

  • Lisa:

    18 Apr 2020 14:12:00

    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!

  • Diane:

    23 Apr 2020 10:50:00

    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.

  • Una Wareham:

    23 Apr 2020 10:55:00

    Absol superb —-

  • Pat Savidge:

    23 Apr 2020 10:58:00

    Lovely film, really cheered me up, many thanks

  • Heather Hedges:

    23 Apr 2020 10:59:00

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

  • mary barber:

    23 Apr 2020 12:25:00

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

  • Maggie C:

    23 Apr 2020 13:37:00

    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 13:41:00

    Really amazing thanks for sharing made my day.

  • Rachel Slark:

    23 Apr 2020 13:44:00

    What a beautiful thing to see

  • Lynnette:

    23 Apr 2020 14:06:00

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

  • Val harden:

    23 Apr 2020 14:24:00

    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.

  • Juliette:

    23 Apr 2020 14:52:00

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

  • Jane Pereira:

    23 Apr 2020 15:16:00

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

  • Derek Grieve:

    23 Apr 2020 15:25:00

    Absolutely delightful to watch A real treat

  • Pauline Macadam:

    23 Apr 2020 16:12:00

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

  • FAY:

    23 Apr 2020 17:11:00

    Mama and babies having fun. 😁😍
    So lovely!

  • Liz Druce:

    23 Apr 2020 21:45:00

    What beautiful healthy looking cubs

  • Mrs Valerie Charles:

    23 Apr 2020 21:47:00

    Lovely to see

  • Christina Stanton:

    23 Apr 2020 22:21:00

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

  • Louise brittle:

    24 Apr 2020 07:49:00

    Fabulous video . Nature is so beautiful and adaptable.

  • trudy:

    24 Apr 2020 15:44:00

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

  • Liz hunter:

    25 Apr 2020 12:22:00

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

  • Jenny Davies:

    29 Apr 2020 07:29:00

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

  • jeff:

    30 Apr 2020 20:28:00

    Many thanks, really enjoyed the video. More please.

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