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Bird watching

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I don't really do birds...So for me to notice our avian friends they have to be really really abundant and noisy and obvious. Continue reading...
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Now you see them...

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I used to see foxes all the time...Winter nights were alive with the unearthly yelps and screams of the males, hot in pursuit of a vixen. Continue reading...
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Heritage vegetables

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
I'm beginning to wonder whether growing old heirloom or heritage varieties of vegetables is really worthwhile. Continue reading...
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Reach for the sky

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I'm always rather staggered by Jerusalem artichokes. Firstly, by their impressive and evocative name....secondly, by their sheer size! Continue reading...
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Slugs and snails

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
This has been the year for slugs and snails and I've really lost my cool with them. I might try to be a live-and-let-live gardener but I'VE HAD ENOUGH!! Continue reading...
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The flies have it

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
To merit a common name, insects have to be relatively common, and they have to be pretty or sinister, pest or helper, biter or worth eating. In other words, they have to get noticed. Continue reading...
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Squirrels

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
What's up with the squirrels in my garden? Why can't they stick to the peanut feeders and keep off my lawn! Continue reading...
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It's sloe gin time

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I've just come back from the supermarket, clutching the normal array of necessities...and three large bottles of gin. No, I've not turned to the bottle; it's sloe gin time. Continue reading...
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More on cats

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Following my find of a dead swift in the flower bed, there have been a lot of blog comments on cats, and how welcome or unwelcome they are in the garden. Continue reading...
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Glory be!

By Adam Pasco in Plants
They were a long time coming, but my Glory Lily has finally started flowering. It was my fault really, as I should have planted the tubers earlier in the year. Continue reading...
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