Dragonflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The doorbell went on Sunday afternoon and on the doorstep was a friend wearing some unusual ornamentation on his jumper - a living broach. Continue reading...
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Moving bumblebee nests

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I have bumblebees nesting in my garden. They didn't choose to live there, I introduced them. Or rather, I rescued them. Continue reading...
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Wasps

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm rather hoping that 2011 will be a good year for wasps. Unfortunately, my definition of a good year is sometimes at odds with other people's. Continue reading...
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The insects have gone berserk

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
For anyone who thought the cold winter might have been a bit harsh for wildlife, I hope the recent heatwave has been an eye-opener. I've certainly never seen so much insect life in April before. Continue reading...
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Breeding newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
One of our cats sat motionless on the edge of the pond today, head drooped down almost touching the water as if he were asleep. But the occasional tic gave him away... Continue reading...
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Garden habitats for frogs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I seem to have created the perfect habitat for my frogs. It's not a large garden, marsh or meadow, but a tatty grow bag from last year, screened by willow edging and topped with dead foliage. Continue reading...
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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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