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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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Planting acorns

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
26 October 2012 at 11:48
Yesterday I popped an acorn into a pot of compost. I've no idea what I'll do with it when it's germinated, but, for now, I have the beginnings of an oak tree in my flat. Continue reading...

Growing winter salad leaves

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
19 October 2012 at 16:39
My rocket is cropping nicely and my lamb’s lettuce should be ready in a couple of weeks. But I'll sow more - my aim is to have fresh salads until December. Continue reading...
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