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Goldfinches

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
31 August 2012 at 10:20
[...] when I heard a chattering in the garden last week, I instantly got up to investigate, and was amazed to see two goldfinches squabbling over the sunflower hearts. Continue reading...
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Daddy longlegs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 August 2012 at 16:15
Have you ever looked at a crane fly close up? They’re amazing, like a cross between an elephant and a helicopter [...] Continue reading...
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Wordsworth's garden at Dove Cottage

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
17 August 2012 at 12:51
I visited the former home of William Wordsworth in the Lake District last weekend. It was fascinating to walk around Dove Cottage as it was when it was lived in, but I couldn’t wait to see the garden. Continue reading...
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Growing honeysuckle

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
10 August 2012 at 16:44
Honeysuckles shouldn’t be tricky plants to grow, but they’re often planted in the wrong place, making them susceptible to downy mildew and aphids. Continue reading...
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Wet weather and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
03 August 2012 at 10:19
Last week I wrote that populations of slugs and snails have boomed this year, but how has other wildlife fared? Continue reading...
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Snails

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
27 July 2012 at 10:33
In a normal year, I like snails. They don't trouble me as much as they seem to trouble other gardeners and I don't grow hostas. Continue reading...
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Swifts

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 July 2012 at 10:24
I’ve fallen in love with swifts this year. I don’t know what’s taken me so long, but now, every time I hear a screeching in the sky, my heart does a little dance. Continue reading...
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Big Butterfly Count

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
12 July 2012 at 13:40
How many butterflies have you seen in your garden this year? I’ll hazard a guess: not many. Continue reading...
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Lawns and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
06 July 2012 at 08:05
I often hear people complain that a closely clipped lawn has no value to wildlife. Continue reading...
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Baby blue tits

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
29 June 2012 at 10:12
I was clearing dead plants from my shed’s green roof when I heard the call of baby blue tits... Continue reading...
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