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Is this the nymph of this beauty?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 21:53

 Hope you can make out the first photo of a dragonfly nymph. Does anyone know if this  the adult version. I've googled dragonfly identification and think the adult is a broad bodied chaser. But there are too many types to be sure.

Frogs and frogspawn in pond

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:37

We have had our pond for 3years. This was one of two frogs we saw last year and this year we had three lumps of spawn. I know there are plenty of tadpoles in the pond now but sometimes I just can't see them depending on where the sun is or if it's cold. Then other days I see lots of them. 

Bees in chimney

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 18:08

Bumblebee Conservation told me that our completely black bee was a Hairy footed flower bee which is a solitary bee seen at this time of year. Also tell me these bees come down chimneys because they nest in the soft mortar of the chimney stacks. BBCT have plenty of info regarding bee ID

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Ponds with rock edging and pebbles

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 18:00

We had some small pavers set in the lawn at the pond and I had to cover them with wet tea towels. I'd seen a couple of froglets land on them only to instantly shrivel up. A cup of pond water poured on them as soon as it happened sorted them out, however there were a few casualties. 

Snails in pond

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:13

 I too have noticed what I think are small Ramshorn snails  which I've never introduced. Am I correct in thinking that they are better snails to have in the pond than the pointy shelled ones? Frogspawn for the first time this year Which has made me so happy!

Butterfly what/what on/where/when?

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 22:06

Red Admiral on Rudbeckia last summer. Can't wait until the butterflies and bees are back.


Frogs spawn everywhere!

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 20:19


I am just sooooo excited. Two years ago we stuck a liner in a small,shallowish hole. And this year we have frogspawn. I took this in the 14th of March and today there are now three lumps. I read that some people get spawn in January. I assume this is down South.????

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:46

We visited a house last weekend where my daughter was dog sitting. Lovely,big garden with a pond. I went down for a look. It was completely covered in duckweed with a tiny mound of prickles poking up in the middle! Really upsetting that a small hog  had fallen in and drowned. There wasn't an escape ramp. Daughter under strict instructions to inform the dog owner.????

Soil over pond liner in a wildife pond

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:23

we used some kiddies play sand in the bottom. Just enough to cover the bottom. Plants are in pots or floaters. 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:46

Love to see another pond in the making Paula. We tucked our liner under the soil at the pond edge and then laid turf from the lawn edge and over the liner. I never expected the grass to do so well on the liner but it's now down to the water in some places. I did use strips of hessian sack to wick moisture from the pond to the new turf. That's now perished but gave the grass a good start. Hoping for some frogspawn in a couple of years if the frogs stay with us.

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