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Do You Know How to Find a Fairy?

Updated on September 25, 2014

Please tell us where the fairies live

If you know how to find a fairy, please let us know.

As a child I looked everywhere for fairies but never could I find one, now Claudia is on the fairy quest too.

Many a Sunday, Claudia and I have set off searching for signs of fairy life. We explore far and wide, in all the likely places, examining hints from fairy story books. Fairies prefer a particular habitat and so we keep a sharp lookout for any fairy-friendly spots

One day we'll find a fairy.

Where do you start? - When you're looking for a Fairy?

Some guidelines to finding fairies

Fairies are most commonly found in dells. Shady dells in particular (the shadier the better).

Keep an eye out for signs of fairy activity, such as fairy rings, circles of mushrooms which appear overnight.

If you're very observant you can sometimes catch, out of the corner of your eye, a trace of fairy glitter. Fairyshine is best seen just after sunrise.


Squint slowly

When you catch a glimmer of fairyshine, turn slowly and squint along the lines of glitter. Follow these magical beams as far as you can.

One day we found a fairy tree - (but no fairies)

I found this tree when I was a small girl too - but it was bigger then.

The Fairy Tree

From 1931 to 1934, Miss Ola Cohn worked on a tree trunk in the Fitzroy gardens.

She carved delightful fairies, dwarves, gnomes, a kookaburra, koalas and a host of typical Australian animals and birds to transform the trunk into a thing of beauty.

Inscribed on the tree's plaque :

"I have carved in a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you, and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies and those who believe in them, for they will understand how necessary it is to have a fairy sanctuary - a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures."

We made a Fairy Garden - To Entice the Fairies

Moonrays 91351 Solar Powered Garden Fairy with Glowing Cardinal
Moonrays 91351 Solar Powered Garden Fairy with Glowing Cardinal

Fairies can see this little statue at night because it's solar powered


Could there be a Fairy under the Bridge?

Perhaps a troll lurks under here but Claudia isn't the least bit concerned about trolls. Trolls are scaredy-cats she says, they're frightened by goats. Obviously anyone who's afraid of a goat is not worth a second thought. .

We call out, quietly, to any fairy who may be under here.

Can we find a Water Fairy?

Like everyone who's had a sensible upbringing, I was warned about Water Fairies. Some of them are distinctly unfriendly.

Claudia and I don't look too hard near the water and we never look for fairies down the creek in snake season.

In the Creek? - Could a Fairy be in the creek?

There's something in the creek but it's not a fairy

We Read about Fairies - Looking for Clues

The Pink Fairy Book
The Pink Fairy Book

I remember this book so well. Real fairies, old fashioned fairies. No Disney celebrities here!


One day we found a little village - A Village for Fairies

Claudia believes these are Town Fairies. We want to find the Wild Fairies although a brief glimpse of an urbanised sprite would be very welcome.

Will we ever Find a Fairy?

Claudia hasn't given up hope of finding a fairy although it's been a long time now.

She has told me that even when I die, she will keep looking. Heavens, I certainly hope we can find a fairy before that!

One day we will find a fairy. I know this in my heart

How about you?

Have you ever found a fairy?

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Susanna Duffy

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      Kendall 20 months ago

      I love fairys I saw something on the tv the kept moving around

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      Mr.Epic 2 years ago

      You guys should check out, they have everything you need to get the Fairy's to your garden.

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      Hannah 3 years ago

      I LOVE fairys I have been tiring for years

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      Besarien 3 years ago

      My father told me that fairies are attracted to your garden if you make them a tiny little fairy cake and leave it out on a full moon. Also you can leave them little bits of ribbon in the springtime or four or five inches of embroidery thread. Sometimes they let the birds steal them to make colorful nests. Sometimes though, the fairies get there first. That's what I've heard!

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      I think I've enjoyed your lens the most out of all I've read so far! It was so happy and refreshing! My grand-daughter and I have a fairy garden, too, but we haven't found any fairies yet. But we will keep looking! I believe in fairies! Hugs!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      if you find a good fairy tell me how to find the fairy because i loooooved and knew about fairys since i was 1 now im 9

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      I live not far from Cottingley, West Yorkshire - the place where the fairies appeared to two young girls, who took photographs of them (Google it up if you want to see the photos - 'Cottingley Fairies'). I still believe they are genuine!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just love fairies, there look, their style, their magic wand. I was so inspired by their elegant look and as I read so many stories and comic books on them and watching cartoon and films. It was so mysterious to know for little child, Where does a fairy reside? I hope one day fairies will come back to this Earth. Amen!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I visited this article awhile ago and as soon as I saw your opening image I felt just as charmed as I was the first time I visited this page. You make me want to sprinkle fairy dust all over my back yard. I am definitely charmed by your article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've looked all over I've talked outside to hem and I feel them but I've never ever seen them. I've also made a fairy house for them. I just don't know how to find a fairy. If you have any videos you would like to share with it would be greatly appreciated. And if whoever reads this you can text me and give suggestions. THANK YOU!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      I've been looking for faries for all of my life but I haven't found one yet. But I am close =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think I sor one in the garden of my old house(we moved when I was 2) and when I was 1 I sore a purple fairy come out from behind these purple flowers. she told me something but I cant remember. im not sure if she was an imaginary friend or not but I cant remember much :/ it was just a normal backyard with some flowers growing on the fence too. well I was poor and my dad was always bashing my mum so it coulda been a fairy taking pitty on me or my imagination helping me feel better in tough times

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: That sounds every nice because you're got are nice place for them to live.!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am still looking for a fairy because they a so cute and I think that they are smart and they a my fav thing to find.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      We have a really nice fairy garden, with lots of places for them to hide, but we never have seen one. I will have to follow your hint about the fairyshine. Maybe then we can see one ;)

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      wordpress-guru 5 years ago

      this nice lens is my number 900 liked ! yey! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is just a park devoted to fairys isn't it, admit it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i wish i find a good fairy

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      dragonlildragon 5 years ago

      Pagan legends say that one can meet the Faery Queen should she choose you, if you are to sit under the Hawthorne tree on Beltane. Beltane is celebrated on May 1st, but you may have better luck on May 5th.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are fairys real

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      minemyown 5 years ago

      My favorite part is the tree carvings : ) Very enjoyable blog! Thank you.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      I love the fairy tree and the beautiful photos. My grandmother helped me look for fairies in Iris blossoms. She said that the beards of the Iris are their rugs.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      A remarkable journey into your search for a fairy. Beautiful pictures.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have seen one they are everywhere and not only found in forests. i think you need to have a pure heart. they dont like people eating meat either. they watch us they use glamour so we cannot see them. they love animals and play with rabbits, etc. they can talk to animals.

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Looking for some ideas for my back yard and guess where I landed. :) Now... what to do first. :)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      I would love to find a fairy! :)

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      greenlungsofpoland 6 years ago

      Very sweet lens love the photos and great idea x

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      Nirmal Shah 6 years ago from India

      Cute lens. I do believe in fairies though, they're hiding behind the bushes somewhere :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fairies seek noble hearts and souls, you will sure find a fairy if you are earnestly looking for one. Keep up the search.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I assume fairies live in isolated areas of nature, if they exist. I sure don't see them in the city hailing a cab!

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Amazing lens, lovely - and great photos :)

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      cupcakekitten20 6 years ago

      This is so cute and sweet =)

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      A lovely, imaginative lens. the nearest I've come to finding a fairy is the Flower Fairy books. Also fascinated by the sisters who took 'photgraphs' of fairies in the early days of photography, and they had all the experts fooled. There's a film about them.

      We do have lots of red fairy toadstools, the sort with white spots, (fly agric), that grow down by Videix lake, so I expect there are elves and fairies there.

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      I love your description of fairyshine. I imagine both you and Claudia have a good bit of fairy within and I'm sure they will make themselves visible to you. Fairies may show themselves at dusk or early morning when you forget to actively look for them. Tme stands still and you can see the fairies. Like the mists of Avalon.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      There are fairies everywhere but they will only let you see them when it is their desire to be seen. I am sure though that they are watching you and giggling like silly little old ladies do when something amuses them.

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      What a delightful and fun lens. Even though my daughter is 12, we will still be looking for fairies and building them a fairy house or two. We can sometimes even get the boys in on the task.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Such a charming lens. Wish I had some suggestions. Sounds like you are already doing everything I would. Hope Claudia and grandma find one soon. Blessed!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Absolutely charming lens. Blessed.

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      Do we ever give up hope of finding a fairy? Angel blessed and added to the lens I am working on for grandparents.

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      ChiiSakuraJones 7 years ago

      hello i am chii and i know that fairys are real because they will pick you its hard to look because they are very timid and shy ever sence i was a little girl a fairy follows me i can talk to it and everything it told me stories of the earth before humans and how beautiful it was. it told me thata long time ago they were happy to invite the humans to the earth but we took them and hunted them and sold them so they went into hiding and in time people just forgot about them and stoped looking. this is not fake but it is the human's fault why they hide from us

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Fantastic! I can't wait to go fairy-hunting with my little Freya when she's older. She already stares at the air when nothing is there, so I'm guessing she's seeing them already ;)

      Beautiful lens, congrats on the purple star. Lensrolling to my Working with Faeries lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Sweet story. Congrats on your Purple Star.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What treasured memories you and Claudia are making together. I hope you find the Fairies. I loved seeing the Fairy Tree. Wishing you many hours of fun hunting! Congrats on a well deserved Purple Star.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sweet story and wonderful memories for both you and Claudia. I love the idea of fairies and all other mythical winged creatures. The winged creatures in Avatar were probably my favorite part of that movie! I, too, love that fairy tree. What an incredible work of love and artistry! Thanks for sharing it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well we know we have had elves and fairies in our house - the dishwasher elves work so hard to make our dishes so clean and bright (although they seem to be on strike at the moment because the dishwasher is not working properly) and of course the tooth fairies are always so polite and reply to the letters my girls used to write to them. Their writing is absolutely beautiful.

      We are so lucky that we can go Fairy hunting by the streams at any time of year, because we dont have a problem with snakes in the UK and I am really looking forward to be able to do that with my new grandchild, who is due in January :) Well, when s/he is a bit older of course!

      As ever Susanna, you bring some real magic to this lens and I love the way you are able to view tthings through the eyes of your garnd daughter and bring some magic into her world as well

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Claudia will never forget the fairies. :) I'm partial to fairy shine myself. I love to capture it with my camera.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      A magical day with your Claudia, and I bet there are many others, too. The Fairy Tree is beautiful.

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Very beautiful topic. Congratulations.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love that tree! I'm sure the fairies do appreciate it too.

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      Ashly Rain 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! Squid Angel blessings and nominated for LOTD.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Well, signs are that you have found a fairy - she lies in your computer: you made 340 lenses!

      I've never seen such beautiful tree trunk! What a wonderful piece of art. And I really enjoyed looking at those little houses. One question, though... what's in the creek? A squid???

      This is surely the fairest lens I've ever seen!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I wish I had tips for finding fairies, but it appears you have cornered that market very well. I loved Ms. Cohn's tree and would love to see it one day.

      I hope you and Claudia are successful in your fairy quest.

      Blessed today by a Squid Angel and featured on Pay It Forward.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well done. Thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I hope Claudia never stops looking for a is an enchanting adventure through life whether one makes itself visible to you or not.

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I like it that Claudia has taken things into her own hands and gone looking for a fairy. I never found one, but it may well be because I was too passive and waited for one to simply appear.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This is enchanting. I have a feeling Claudia is going to be successful in her quest to find a fairy. Delighted to lensroll to my Fairy Face Paint.