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'False widow' spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
18 December 2013 at 08:32
...I’m not sure whether I’m going to regret bringing them up again, but I have some fascinating spiders living in my compost bin. Continue reading...
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Old books and migrant birds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
05 December 2013 at 10:09
I've been researching things about swifts, swallows and house martins. It’s no good looking for them in the garden now... Continue reading...
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Leafhoppers

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
19 November 2013 at 16:48
I have a world-record holder in my garden. The best jumper in the animal kingdom lives in my ivy hedge. Continue reading...
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Badgers

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
06 November 2013 at 09:27
I’m late, I know, jumping on the badger bandwagon. This is partly because I have never actually seen a badger in my garden. Any garden, even. In fact I have only ever seen live badgers twice in my life. Continue reading...
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Wasps

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
23 October 2013 at 09:09
The easiest way to tell male and female wasps apart is to look at the antennae. Continue reading...
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Ivy bees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
09 October 2013 at 10:17
I'm thinking of having a bit of a grump. I’ve checked all the ivy I can find in South London, but have not found a single ivy bee, not one. Harrumph. Continue reading...
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Red kites

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
25 September 2013 at 14:35
During the late 20th century, the red kite become a byword for catastrophic raptor decline in England. Continue reading...
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Silver-washed fritillary

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2013 at 10:22
Overgrown urban gardens take a while to attract new wildlife, so I wasn't expecting anything very surprising – maybe some hoverflies and harlequin ladybirds. How wrong I was. Continue reading...
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Rhododendron leaf hoppers

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
03 September 2013 at 17:18
With its pale turquoise green body and stylish lone-ranger face mask, the rhododendron leafhopper is one of the prettiest insects you can find in a garden. Continue reading...
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Lawns and insects

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
13 August 2013 at 12:15
My lawn is a disgrace. I am constantly reminded of this by my more horticulturally enthusiastic partner who, I think, would prefer an emerald sward. Continue reading...
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