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Magpies in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 May 2012 at 09:50
This year there’s no Sid, no great tits and no blue tits. Just one fat magpie. Continue reading...
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Toad tadpoles

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
26 April 2012 at 16:12
While frog tadpoles are secretive, hiding in mud and among oxygenators and plant roots, toad tadpoles are more adventurous. Continue reading...
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Holly blue butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
25 April 2012 at 13:15
There is a touching courtship going on around the ivy hedge; the holly blues are playing kiss chase in the sunshine. Continue reading...
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Emptying the compost bin

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 April 2012 at 11:12
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine opened his compost bin and found a hedgehog and her babies staring back at him... Continue reading...
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Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
13 April 2012 at 10:25
Apparently there’s nothing like a foul-smelling bucket of leaves to get dung-flies going... Continue reading...
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Red squirrels

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 April 2012 at 15:45
[...] it has become a tradition of this blog that I bemoan the inadequacies of holiday cottage gardens. Well, we've outdone ourselves this time. Continue reading...
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Ladybird pupae

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
29 March 2012 at 18:25
Last summer I developed a bit of an obsession with the ladybird lifecycle. I collected the pupae of harlequin ladybirds, put each one in a jam jar and waited to see what emerged... Continue reading...
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Water skaters

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
27 March 2012 at 10:54
In the bright warm sunshine, there is a lot of love-making going on in my pond. Continue reading...
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Picture-wing flies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
14 March 2012 at 08:01
[...] many people find small flies in their back gardens all the time, and most people ignore them. But this one is a jewel.
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Garden birds and garden pests

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
09 March 2012 at 11:26
Now's a great time to make sure your garden has adequate natural, as well as supplementary, food for this spring's nesting birds. Continue reading...
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