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Posted: 15/03/2014 at 21:32

Yes, I like murdering both lily beetles and vine weevils, but lily beetles are the best. My lilies are in pots, I've got about 8 big pots atm - there's no point putting them in the garden, they never appear again.

The beetles are not difficult to spot once you realise that they can burrow into the bud or leaf axils a bit. I put one hand underneath them in case they drop off - which they will do if they sense you coming - and they deliberately turn upside down so when they drop onto the soil you can't see them. I keep a count and see if I can beat it every day. I am not obsessed...........

I also squish the larvae, which is really gross. If you leave it for a week then you'll get damage. Since the first year, when my plants were stripped completely and covered in black goo (I thought they'd got a nasty disease), there's been no serious damage and lots of beautiful flowers. Which reminds me, I ought to be repotting them - and I will find some of the red blighters in the soil.

If I did grow them in the garden and had lots, I think I would def use the chemical.

Talkback: Bumblebee rescue

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 21:20
Yes, I watched my brother rescue a very dozy bumblebee and feed it, I thought he was nuts. Afterwards the bee got its energy back and zoomed off - brilliant - and now I do the same. Keeping some sugar solution handy at this time of year is a good idea.

Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 21:15
Slightly connected to this, so apologies in advance.
I am trying to encourage the allotment tenants to cater for wildlife. I am not an expert so I googled wildlife audit and came across your blog from 2011. I thought I'd use your wildlife audit that was mentioned in the blog from Nov 2011 GW magazine, which I don't have. How can I get hold of a copy of the audit questionnaire please? I think it would be a good start and we can build in more detail later, as we build up the basics first.

wildlife audit

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:37

Thanks, that will be useful.

I was looking for a wildlife audit that was in GW magazine for November -I now realise it was November 2011 so no wonder no-one knows what I'm talking about. It was on

It would have been a good starting point, an easy ticklist to help people find out what is there and what should be there for the basic support of some wildlife.

wildlife audit

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 23:11

I am trying to encourage our allotments to be wildlife friendly. As a starting point, I thought I could do a wildlife audit but I am not a wildlife expert, so I was hoping to use the one that was mentioned in Kate's blog. I don't take GW magazine so if anyone could send me the questionnaire it I would be v grateful. Otherwise I shall have to make up my own and a) I am not a wildlife expert so I might well miss things out/get things wrong and b) it will take hours!

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wildlife audit

anyone got a copy I could have? 
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