Birds and beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
21 November 2012 at 17:17
Within days, two scientific reports - on British birds and ground beetles - have made national headlines because of their dire prognoses. Continue reading...
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Making leaf mould

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
19 November 2012 at 17:12
Once autumn leaves have become soggy and less fun to jump on, do not put them in the bin. It is easy to transform them into rich brown, crumbly compost. Continue reading...

Making hawthorn ketchup

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
16 November 2012 at 16:35
Yesterday I made hawthorn ketchup. I was pleasantly surprised - it was tangy, rich and fruity, the perfect accompaniment to veggie sausage and chips. Continue reading...

Cleaning out bird boxes

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
12 November 2012 at 15:38
Old nesting material can harbour diseases, pests and parasites, so remove all the debris and thoroughly sterilise the inside of the box with boiling water. Continue reading...
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Winter shelter for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
09 November 2012 at 14:32
This autumn, there’s been a steady stream of wildlife coming into my flat, as if there's some impending disaster and I live in an ark. Continue reading...

Hedgehog spotting

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
07 November 2012 at 12:03
There has been much woe expressed about the dramatic decline in hedgehogs, so I was pleased to hear some good news about them recently. Continue reading...

Ash tree dieback

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
06 November 2012 at 16:36
The spread of chalara dieback of ash trees is such a tragedy. But I’m glad that this potentially devastating infection is finally being taken seriously. Continue reading...

My favourite miscanthus grasses

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
05 November 2012 at 14:44
Most grasses are in their prime at this time of year, as they tend to flower late and gradually take on their autumn colours. Continue reading...
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Dog violets

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
02 November 2012 at 11:16
The leaves of dog violets are taking on a renewed vigour. I can almost see the flashes of purple that will dot the darkest corners of my garden in a few months. Continue reading...
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Halloween pumpkins

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
30 October 2012 at 10:29
Last weekend I had to do something I don’t like to do - I bought some pumpkins. I did my best to be discreet and not get spotted, but it all went horribly wrong. Continue reading...
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