A rare pink variant of the Meadow Grasshopper.

A rare pink variant of the Meadow Grasshopper.

The warm sunshine this summer has created fantastic conditions for minibeasts of all sorts on the farm! We’ve pulled together a roundup of just a few of the man remarkable creatures that make Mudchute their home. We’ve spotted bright pink grasshoppers, beautiful blue butterflies and all manner of creatures between! The weather is set to be warm and sunny this weekend too, so be sure to keep an eye out for minibeasts on your next visit! To share them on social media, just use #mudchute!

A look at the courtship of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus). The chirping sound we hear across the farm is produced by amorous males who rapidly rub their hind legs against their wings. This video shows the action in approximately 10x slower than real life.


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Our piglets aren’t the only new faces in Pets’ Corner. We’ve also recently made new additions to our aviaries! Our new birds are Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata), a species found wild in Australia and long established as a domestic species. The new finches are settling in very well and if you take a moment to watch them, you’ll spot them looking for seeds throughout their aviary and making a wide variety of calls to each another.

A female zebra finch on the left and male zebra finch on the right.

A female zebra finch on the left and male zebra finch on the right.

Our flock includes both male and female finches, and the sexes are easy to tell apart. The boys have ruddy chestnut coloured patches on their cheeks and brighter bills while their female counterparts have just the black line under the eye. Can you tell the boys from the girls in the photos below? We hope you enjoy meeting our new finches on your next visit too!

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This week we welcomed two new arrivals to Pets’ Corner, our Tamworth piglets Margot and Mary. The sisters are 10 weeks old and growing quickly. They will be living in Pets Corner as they get used to life here at Mudchute, which is full of new sights and sounds. Like all youngsters, they need plenty of sleep and you’ll often find them snuggled up in their cozy hay bale den.

The Tamworth breed is thought to be descended from the European wild boar, which gives the breed their characteristic red colouring. The Tamworth is regarded as being a rather primitive type of pig with long legs, prick ears with a pure red or ginger coat. Many of these traits can already be seen in our new piglets!

Venturing out from the hay bale den.

Venturing out from the hay bale den.

A camera piques their curiosity.

A camera piques their curiosity.

Hungry hungry piglets!

Hungry hungry piglets!

Tamworths are known for their long legs, but tippie toes are still required at this age!

Tamworths are known for their long legs, but tippie toes are still required at this age!

Enjoying a cuddle from farmer Christy.

Enjoying a cuddle from farmer Christy.

Sleepy sisters.

Sleepy sisters.