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Growing a yew hedge

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
25 January 2013 at 12:54
I’m very fond of yew; I love seeing gnarled old trees in graveyards, exploring the patterns and fissures of their bark. Continue reading...
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Orange ladybirds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
18 January 2013 at 14:12
Recently I met a very special species indeed: an orange ladybird. It was hibernating in a pine tree in my local park. What a find. Continue reading...
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Making a stumpery

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 January 2013 at 18:17
Dead wood makes a wonderful habitat in the garden, providing food and shelter for huge numbers of invertebrates including wood-boring beetles, solitary bees and woodlice. Continue reading...
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Evicting a rat

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 January 2013 at 15:43
For the last few weeks I’ve been dealing with ‘a slight rodent problem’. Continue reading...
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Making a Christmas wreath

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
22 December 2012 at 07:05
There is little point in making a Christmas wreath unless you have a red front door to hand it on. I settled for hanging it on a wall, but it doesn’t really say ‘Christmas’ in the way I had hoped. Continue reading...
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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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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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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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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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Growing fruit for birds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
23 November 2012 at 12:24
This autumn I intend to add to my collection of fruiting shrubs for birds. Now we’ve hit bare-root planting season, there are bargains to be had. Continue reading...
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