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Growing spring flowers for bumblebees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
25 October 2013 at 14:21
I spent yesterday afternoon planting bulbs for queen bumblebees. I planted Allium roseum, crocus, snake’s head fritillary and a mixed selection of Anemone blanda. 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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Horse chestnut miner and blue tits

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
11 October 2013 at 09:32
I recently attended a seminar on native plants. I was one of the speakers, arguing that growing some natives in the garden is essential for creating breeding habitats for moths. 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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The common carder bumblebee

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
04 October 2013 at 16:37
Little, shaggy-haired and ginger, the common carder, Bombus pascuorum, is one of my favourite bumblebees. Continue reading...
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Garden spiders

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 September 2013 at 16:59
It’s garden spider time. Large, dew-covered webs hang between shrubs and paths in my garden, and fat mottled spiders sit on them, moodily waiting for prey. 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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The joy of compost

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
30 August 2013 at 10:26
I love Monty’s enthusiasm for compost – it comes across as a genuine, heartfelt passion for all things rotting. Continue reading...
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