Baby Badger Bones

These are my baby badger bones. I had gone out on a walk with my family and found a dead baby badger on the path not far from a badger set, it had been dead for a while as it was smelly. We emptied out are bag and got some dock leaves to put in the bottom and then put the baby badger in.

When I got home I put the badger on the ground and put a crate over it and left the flies to do the job.
After it had decomposed I dug up all the bones and cleaned them in hot soapy water. Then I bought some hydrogen peroxide bleach from the chemist and put the bones into it. This bleaches the bones so they go whiter.

It is really interesting looking at the bones of my badger, some of the bones haven’t fused together, this is because it’s only a baby badger and is still growing.
I didn’t get all the bones this time, some of them got lost in the soil, so another time I am going to put a metal mesh underneath the animal, then put a crate over the top.

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Blue Peter 12th June 2013

On the 12th June 2013 Blue Peter came round my house to film me. I got to meet David, he was the director and camera man, Lauren she was the film researcher, Nigel he was the sound man, and Barney the presenter, they were all really nice and friendly.

First David filmed me walking up stairs and going into my bedroom then looking at my collection, then he filmed me on my bed looking at my soft toy dinosaurs. When we had finished filming that, I asked Barney if he would like to see my collection of fossils, skulls and natural history things. We talked about my collection and he told about some of the brilliant things he had seen. That is when mum took a picture of me and Barney.

Then we drove to Shepherds Chine to do the interview on the beach where I found my fossil. We had a break at lunch time, we all went to the 7 Cafe in Brighstone, my lunch was delicious. We then drove to Brook Chine beach to do some more filming, when we were down the beach I found a Ballan Wrasse head, which I am going to clean up so I can have the skull.

The weather was horrible, but it was good, as you can find more fossils because they get washed out the cliffs. I had great fun filming and looking for fossils with Blue Peter. We finished at about 4.15pm then Barney gave me my Blue Peter badge, we all said goodbye and went home.

I am going to be on Blue Peter on Thursday 20th June 2013 at 5.30 on CBBC channel.

A Ballan Wrasse is a fish which can be 50cm long, it is our most colourful Wrasse, it is found inshore on rocky coasts. The adult has a thickest body and a long dorsal fin of all the Wrasse. It’s colour is marbled reddish brown or green.

Short-eared Owl Pellet

May 2013

We walked from Shephards Chine to the coast guard houses. When we where walking I found some owl pellets up on the marshy landslip, they were on a mound of mud which had rabbit fur near it and a rabbit leg that had been picked clean. I put them in a bag so I could take them home.

I looked on the internet and in some of my books, they looked like short-eared owl pellets. Short-eared owls like marshy ground and my mum and dad have seen short-eared owls on Bleakdown, another friend has seen them hunting along the coast by the military road.

I soaked the bigger one in warm water and picked out all of the tiny little bones. There were tiny little pieces of corn, 1 small leg bone, rabbit fur,black whiskers and some bones, lots of rabbit teeth and some teeth in bits of jaw bone. I haven’t soaked the other owl pellet yet but I will do soon and will put the pictures on here.

Short-eared owls like hunting on coastal marshes, its long wings and light weight make it remarkably buoyant when it is hunting. You can see this owl flying low over open ground in good light and well before dusk.
Length 34-42cm, wingspan 90-105cm, lifespan 10-15 years.
Nesting unlined scrape on ground, 4-8 eggs, 1-2 broods, April-July.