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Goldcrest encounter

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
21 December 2012 at 15:05
Cars and buses roared past, a squirrel buried its head in a packet of crisps, and I stood in a thicket of hawthorn and dog rose thinking “Is that… a goldcrest?” Continue reading...
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Froghoppers on the hop

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
19 December 2012 at 14:49
No, it’s not quite time for hibernation yet. Just a bit of sun and all kinds of intriguing insects are out again, the most noticeable today being the froghoppers. Continue reading...
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Christmas presents for gardeners

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
17 December 2012 at 12:42
Christmas is lurking just around the corner, like a well-oiled middle manager holding a sprig of mistletoe at an office party. Continue reading...
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Building bird boxes

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
14 December 2012 at 17:16
For Christmas this year, all my friends and relatives will be receiving bird boxes. Continue reading...
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Winkworth Arboretum

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
12 December 2012 at 16:07
Recently, frustrated by my inability to get on with things in the garden, I decided to visit Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming, Surrey. Continue reading...
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December gardening jobs

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
10 December 2012 at 11:49
With my (rather unflattering) beanie hat snugly pulled down, it’s time to work through my Seasonal Checklist… Continue reading...
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Hedgehog rescue

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
07 December 2012 at 11:34
A friend of mine recently found a juvenile hedgehog. In addition to dicing with death in the road, ‘Killie’ the hedgehog faced another danger: winter. Continue reading...
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Garden foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
05 December 2012 at 10:41
The foxes have been busy in my garden again. I haven’t seen them recently, but they leave their tell-tale signs. Today I find they’ve been raiding the food store. Continue reading...
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First frost of the winter

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
03 December 2012 at 14:57
Today we got our first proper frost, so it's time to dig up dahlia tubers - and any tender perennials you have in pots should really have been brought in yesterday. Continue reading...
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Ash dieback disease

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
28 November 2012 at 16:35
Walking through the park, I spotted two ash trees with withered leaves. Were they infected with ash dieback or were they just brown because it was autumn? Continue reading...
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