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In praise of woodlice

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm always slightly perplexed when I hear someone talking about woodlice as if they were garden pests. My garden is full of the critters, but I've never even had need to raise my voice at them. Continue reading...
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Ladybirds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A bit of garden clearance in the rain is always therapeutic. Working off a good lunch and feeling the drip of water down my neck, I feel my endeavours are all the more noble. Continue reading...
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Feeding the birds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
On the weekend of 25/26 October, the RSPB held a Feed the Birds Day with various events up and down the country. Continue reading...
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Insects in late-autumn

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Although autumn hangs heavier in the air with each day, it only takes a brief break in the clouds to bring shy wildlife back out into the open. Continue reading...
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No angels on Peckham Rye

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Sunday afternoon is scooter time for me and three-year-old. So off we go down to Peckham Rye, careering into wheelie bins and unwary pedestrians as we go. Continue reading...
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A jay in the garden

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Monday morning and a jay visited the kitchen window. I always think these are incredibly handsome birds... Continue reading...
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Wagtails

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I was in Peckham Rye Park on Monday and saw a wagtail strutting about by the small stream that runs past. Continue reading...
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Leaf miner

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I parked in a side street in Forest Hill last week and walking down to the Horniman Museum I noticed something odd with a small Norway maple, Acer platanoides, growing in a rather untidy hedge. Continue reading...
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Hornets and hoverflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm called to the end of the garden by the 10-year-old. "Daddy, is that a hornet?" she asks, pointing to a big brown insect sitting on a leaf near the swing. Continue reading...
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Bug hunt at Gardeners' World Live

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Even though it's been raining here at Gardeners' World Live, we've been on a bit of a bug hunt... Continue reading...
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