BOG BABY BLOG
RARE BOG BABY SPOTTED IN BLUEBELL WOOD.
When I was little, me and my sister found a Bog Baby in a puddle in Bluebell Wood. (see my book, The Bog Baby)
We kept him in a bucket in the shed for a while but my mum made us let him go because we didn’t know how to look after him properly and he needed to go back to the wild.
DO BOG BABIES EXIST?
I haven’t seen a Bog Baby for years and I’m beginning to wonder if they’re extinct, so this Spring I’m going back to Bluebell Wood to see if I can find some.
My daughter says she’s seen some and I believe her, although she may have mistaken them for juvenile Blue-Bellied Newts.
If you follow my Bog Baby Blog, I will update you with any sightings.
I’m hoping to find some Bogspawn which will be a sure sign that they are breeding.
CAN YOU HELP WITH THE BOG BABY SURVEY?
Very little is known about Bog Babies as they are very shy, so the more people who help with this survey, the better. As well as finding out how many Bog Babies there are, hopefully we will also discover more about their appearance, behaviour, diet and habitat.
It would be particularly interesting to know if there are different kinds of Bog Baby and whether or not their colouring varies in different parts of the world.
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR SURVEY
You will find a special form at the back of The Bog Baby book which you can use to write up notes on any Bog Babies that you find, or you can download a printable one from HERE.
If possible, make a sketch of your Bog Baby and note down any flowers and plants you find growing nearby. You should also record any other wildlife you see, including insects, molluscs and amphibians, what the weather is like and the date and time.
Or, if you prefer, you can fill in the form online.