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House sparrows

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
15 March 2013 at 14:32
A road near where I live is inhabited by a large colony of house sparrows, and a colony of swifts also breed there. Continue reading...
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Bumblebees and climate change

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
13 March 2013 at 13:04
Sapphire Class at Ivydale Primary School are now experts on bumblebees. We did a workshop on climate change so I took in a tray of bumblebee specimens. Continue reading...
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Wildlife ponds and growling frogs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 March 2013 at 16:24
“I heard some growling from the shallow pond”, said the text message, from my mother. Continue reading...
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Building a garden fence

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
11 March 2013 at 15:49
There is something very satisfying about a sturdy, well-built fence. Continue reading...
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Growing autumn-fruiting raspberries

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
06 March 2013 at 16:05
I’m a big fan of raspberries, which are the most reliable of all the soft fruit crops that I grow. Continue reading...
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Preventing garlic rust

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
04 March 2013 at 16:15
I’ve grown garlic successfully for years. But last summer was an exception, as the warm, wet weather provided the perfect conditions for garlic rust to thrive. Continue reading...
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Top 10 fruit and veg for a dream garden

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
01 March 2013 at 16:11
Following my recent blog Top 10 plants for a dream garden, I’m expanding the wishlist to include fruit and veg. It’s good to have a goal, no matter how distant it may seem. Continue reading...
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Frogs and toads in the garden

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
27 February 2013 at 12:56
Whenever I speak to anyone about frogs or toads, they are always slightly amazed that their pond-free garden should contain them. Continue reading...
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Seed Club - early seed sowing

By Sally Nex in Gardeners' musings
26 February 2013 at 14:16
I just can't resist getting my fingers into compost in February. I know it's too early really, as there is frost on the grass and the days are still short. Continue reading...
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Garden seating areas

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
25 February 2013 at 15:32
Although there is not a huge amount of ‘planty stuff’ to be done at this time of year, it doesn’t mean you should be sitting in a comfy chair watching television. Continue reading...
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