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Bees and bee flies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The south-facing fence of our garden is covered all over with ivy, and the leaves are prime basking territory for all manner of insects. Continue reading...
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Cats and foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A few days ago a fox vaulted over the fence and landed on the two cats asleep just outside the back door. Fur flew. The poor beast didn't stand a chance. Continue reading...
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The nuthatch

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Tucking in to our home-made quiche, and carrot cake, I notice a small bird flickering about high up on the trunk of an old tree at the edge of the clearing. It's a nuthatch. Continue reading...
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Identifying birdsong

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
24 February 2011 at 04:12
A friend of mine is being kept awake at night by a 'bird'. It starts singing at about 4.30am and continues until he gets up. Continue reading...
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Wireworms and woodworms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Wireworms are the tough leathery larvae of click beetles, slim, smooth brown beetles that snap their bodies at the waist... Continue reading...
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Centipedes and worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Any gardener should always be pleased to find centipedes. Since they are hunters, they cannot do any harm to the plants or their roots. Continue reading...
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Garden birds and my Big Garden Birdwatch

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 January 2011 at 16:01
In spring a pair of great tits and a blue tit used my garden to snack on peanuts while foraging for their young. They were all gone by July... Continue reading...
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Newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There is something much more primordial about a newt than, say, a frog or a toad. Perhaps it's the dragging crocodilian gait, or the slightly frilled backbone. Continue reading...
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Gardening for bumblebees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggests that gardens make better habitats for bumblebees than the countryside. Continue reading...
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Harlequin ladybirds

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
[...] this year, while tidying the house I noticed large numbers of dead ladybirds on the window sills. Continue reading...
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