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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...