I love ponds; I can stare into them for hours. I have very fond memories of pond dipping events with visiting school groups or families when I worked at an RSPB reserve, and before that of being one of the school kids myself; eager and curious. A pond of my own has been a dream… Continue reading Pond-tastic!
Hi Folks! It’s spring! And a glorious one at that. As the country, and indeed the world, locks down, thank goodness we are still permitted to tend our allotments! I have been spending more time at the plot than ever in the last couple of months, along with my fiancé, having finally re-found our motivation… Continue reading Dig for Virus-Victory
Creative Ways to Use Storm Damage in The Wildlife Garden They say every cloud has a silver lining. If you’re currently bailing out floodwaters or searching for temporary accommodation whilst your roof is fixed, then, understandably, you might not be thinking along those lines (and I genuinely send heartfelt hopes that order can be restored… Continue reading Wild Does The Wind Blow
(An ‘Operation: Garden Wild’ update!) Recently, it has been rare to have a full weekend without rain, so I have been making the most of it out in the garden. The result is that the first of the raised beds I introduced on my previous blog (Operation: Wild Garden) is already fully planted up! I… Continue reading Sweet Winter
Operation: Wild Garden Today I have taken the first steps in a new project, and it’s time I introduced it to you. Come and have a look at these! Three brand new raised beds for my garden! I have just finished constructing these (with the assistance of my fiancé and a rechargeable screwdriver!) I can’t… Continue reading Operation: Garden Wild
Last week the annual invoice for our allotment fees arrived, and with the deadline unable to wait until next payday, I somewhat reluctantly transferred the required sums. I thought of the weeds and overgrown patches, the gap in the beds where my plans for successional sowing were beaten by summer heat, laziness and other distractions,… Continue reading Allotment Diaries
Hedgehog Instantly recognisable, much loved, and under threat; the hedgehog is in many ways the ‘poster animal’ of wildlife gardening and conservation. Since the year 2000, population numbers of countryside hedgehogs have plummeted by a staggering 50%! Urban populations, although fragmented and localised, seem to withstanding this decline a little better. It would seem that… Continue reading Furze-peg
Swifts and Martins It could be argued that few birds have lived alongside us for as long as the swifts and martins. Originally at home in caves and cliff faces, they moved with us into our dwellings from farmsteads to tower blocks. Whilst the poets’ favourite, the swallow, is certainly a bird of rural villages… Continue reading High-Risers
Gardens Month Wildlife Wednesday Species Focus: Rowan One of the common messages we hear when discussing conservation and the environment is that we should be planting more trees. But how does this fit into the wildlife garden? Trees offer structure and shade to a garden. Many also have flowers and fruit, and their leaves are… Continue reading Wizards’ Tree
(A Gardens Month blog on Frogs and Toads) From jelly-like spawn, to wriggling tadpoles, and finally hopping croaking adult amphibians, the life story of frogs and toads is familiar to many of us from early childhood. Increasingly however, contact with nature is diminishing in children’s lives, and frogs and toads are struggling too. Ponds are… Continue reading Spawned!