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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:54

They may also be sufferers of the deadly insecticides containing neonicotinoids that although are banned in farming in some parts of Europe, are still used in the UK.  It is a massive problem for our bees. I've added a link in case anyone is interested...


Wildlife blues

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 18:06

Yay, happiness reigns again as, although next door might have had everything in sight chopped down, I've got a nesting pair of blackbirds, thrushes and possibly robins in a variety of my unkempt shrubs!! I was so happy watching them all this morning before another day in the office and very pleased I hadn't been too meticulous with the clearing up this/last year.

We've also had loads of tits feeding again and one of my boys reckons they've been checking out the bird boxes, so fingers crossed on that!!


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 23:07

I grow mine in large pots and 2013 was the first year (I've had the plants 5yrs) I got a decent crop (I say decent loosely, I got a small pot full!!) and discovered that this was due to them being pot bound - apparently when the roots no longer have anywhere to go, they finally put their energy into producing fruit!! Who'd have thought?!?!

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 21:04

I'm very proud to have a front garden!!  A tired patch of moss/dandelions has been dug out this summer and the new oval beds have been filled with insect and bee loving plants! I can't wait to see how it looks in 2014!!


Wildlife blues

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 22:15

Jim, that's just crackers!! I'd rather hear birdsong in the morning than that A14 any day!!!

So for an update - I'm pleased to report that the tits are back, and all happily feeding from the feeders again!!  The bird boxes went up today so I'm hoping they'll use them to roost in when the colder weather really kicks in and nest in in the spring. The squirrels and doves have all settled down again! Yay!!


Talkback: Old books and migrant birds

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 13:57
What a lovely blog!!
I think these birds are my all time favourite as they remind me of my childhood, growing up with them in the barn and stables and watching them ducking and diving through the sky! We would be on strict orders to be quiet when we knew the chicks had hatched and it was awesome to watch the fledglings take their first trip out!!
We don't get to see them so much nowadays which is a huge shame, but I do look forward to the warmer weather when we might catch a glimpse of them!
Dave, I too totally agree!

Wildlife blues

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 21:18

The council own it Patty They do that here with the verges and hedges too

Wildlife blues

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 20:40

Jess, I love nature! I love watching the squirrels playing, the birds visiting, the hedgehogs snuffling about at night, the butterflies, bees, flora and fauna, I love it all, (except spiders, still can't like them!!) but the thing I love the most about nature, is how important it is, in so many ways and without it we are a troubled planet.

I'm no eco warrior, I'm just acutely aware of the damage we humans cause, the unending suffering we cause so many species and it saddens me.

Forester, my garden is trying to become a haven to creatures great and small. I have set aside areas of wildness, set up a hotel for mammals, reptiles and insects, put out the squirrel proof feeders but at the same time given the squirrels their own feeder (I saw them use it for the 1st time today, they're so good at it!!), planted the wildflower seeds, planted bee and insect friendly plants and left the leaf raking for another time. Project bird boxes is next on the list and even more so now! But unfortunately I have no room to create a natural woody overgrown area, I relied on next door

Landgirl, it will grow back, slowly, so long as those mean council boys stay away!! It had all got terribly overgrown, and did need a tidy up, just not as much as they did. It feels like a totally natural habitat has been destroyed and the only benefit from it will be the improved sunlight. There was years and years worth of under and over growth there and a whole community of wildlife amongst it, now needing to find new homes

One day people will finally appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature but probably not until its all gone....

Wildlife blues

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:25

When the council turned up yesterday to do a bit of tree maintenance in the next door garden, I thought yay a bit more sunlight for us.  When I woke this morning I was pleased to see they'd left a lot of the undergrowth and done a good job clearing some scruffy branches and some ivy. Imagine my horror when I came home early today to see ALL the undergrowth cleared, ALL the ivy gone, ALL the hawthorn, holly and elder, ALL gone!!

Instead of a wild woolly woody wildlife friendly next door garden, it is now barren and stripped bare bar a few big old trees

The bluetits have no ivy to hide in (I've been watching them on my feeders to see where they go), the doves are depressed, the squirrels are bemused and the rest of the birds seem quite bewildered. No sign of any tits today on the feeders, coal, blue or great. A dawn chorus that drowned out the A14 rumble this morning, I've not heard it like that before, and nowhere for the hedgehogs and fieldmice etc to hide.

I feel sad and would happily give back my extra sunlight to see every creatures home back in place. Just saying, as I know some of you will understand, sigh....

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 22:33

Wow, reading this makes me think I need to work harder for an autumn bloom!!

I still have fuchsia, feverfew, lavender, primulas, pansies, lupins, wild flax, climbing rose, a couple of unknown shrubs, a strawberry plant and a courgette plant with flowers on!! And this is the first year in three for the Nerine to flower, they look amazing!! Oh and a day lily is hanging on in there!!

Must try harder!!

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