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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:28

Hi everyone, delighted to hear you’ve all seen hedgehogs visiting your garden 

Pinkypoo and Victoria Sponge, after watching hogs in my garden over the last 7 yrs I agree with all Hartleyhare has said – some good info there especially on not putting out bread or milk. I agree with others saying they can visit regularly and then not appear for a spell.

I have blogged hedgehog visits with my observations, photos and video over the last few years. If anyone is interested in a lot more hedgehog chat there’s some at Although I can see now I have some major updating to do on links and info here. You’ll see details of my very first basic feeding station using an upturned box at .

My present feeding station is a hard plastic (no longer required) single floor, rabbit/guinea pig hutch integrated into a garden border (seen 5th photo down It has an IR cam and I enjoy watch hogs feed in there at night (some images here  

new bird box

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:37

Hi Lisa, congratulations on having a nestbox family so soon after putting your nestbox up - your timing was good for the birds (a shame OH is missing this). I completely understand your excitement as within 2 days of our camera nestbox going up (7yrs ago) we saw our first nesting pair come house hunting 

I agree with Daintiness on the hardships in nature when using a camera nestbox and also the joy it brings too. It is absolutely fascinating to see the speed a chick can grow in a day when fed well. I have blogged on our 3 Blue tit families - two failed but back in 2010 we saw a successful brood fledge

There is ‘great’ excitement in our nestbox this year with our first Great tit nest build completed. I strongly suspect early this morning Mrs GT laid a 2nd egg ( I got up yesterday to watch live ). This is just as exciting to watch as the very first nest build. Fingers crossed all goes well for our nestbox family and yours too :

Wildlife Pond plants.

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 00:16

Sounds like you've made a good start

I'm planting up my new pond at the moment too. I know deliveries can be a pain, but very impressed with my first online delivery from Puddleplants ( ) and it looks like I'm going to be ordering more from them as can't get the natives/plants for wildlife I'd like in GC's up my way. I found looking through plant lists in the wildlife collections at Puddleplants (for frogs and tadpoles for eg) helped me a lot

I don't have enough plants to list 'must haves' but I've been enjoying my Marsh Marigolds and would list them as a must have. I have small plants of Brooklime and Forget-me-not blue but have yet to see them flower. Water violet, Pennyroyal, Water Crowfoot & Fringe Lily are among my wishlist plants

Wildlife pond progression

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:54

Looking good there 

I might be worried about sunshine on your exposed liner damaging it in time. Hedgehogs might slide on it when it is wet and end up in the water too - they should get out your shallow side fine by the looks of it.

My suggestion might be to add a long strip of tree trunk (making sure no sharp branches/edges to pierce your liner) along the back edge. You could build soil up behind it and plant it with plants that could spill over the log - ferns like the hart's tongue or wild flowers maybe. Or you could have a bog garden behind your log edge. Ideally if you had some branches going up in the air then birds would land on them bringing them to bathe and drink at your pond.

Enjoy... I'm having a great time planting up my pond build - the hard work is almost a distant memory

Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 00:18

No spawn in Perthshire, Scotland in a new wildlife pond filled end of Oct 2013 without any plants yet. Guessing by the time plants are available it will be too late - or will it? Are tadpoles likely in a pond without plants?

Native Pond Plants

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 23:51

Thanks Clarington,

I think it will be the same up my way. I've ordered a couple of plants online so we will see when they turn up - prob mid to late March with them.

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 22:31

Hi LeadFarmer,

Good luck in your search for pond images and inspiration – I completely get that. I searched for a couple of years before I finally felt brave enough to put my pond liner down last October and can’t wait to get plants in there.

My tip would be to think about how you want your edges to be. My site was a tricky one – it would have been so much easier had I just dug a hole in a flat lawn. Different views from around my pond was what I wanted and reflections became a big part of that. I changed my mind so many times but in the end I found I went back to my original ideas and have only a small wildlife hotel to finish in a retaining 'wall'. Trust your first instincts

Native Pond Plants

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 23:43

Hi Clarington, delighted you asked this question – I’m in the same situation desperate to get planting up a new pond (filled last October). I’ll be back here to keep an eye on this thread

ID Please

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 12:14

Hi Rainjustlearning,

I agree with everyone on the snow in summer ID. I've heard it looks great tumbling down a big pot

Adding colour to grassy bank

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:41

Hi there novice3,

I agree with nutcutlet on the yellow rattle for your area of grass – I might even suggest you see this as a 2yr project where you only sow/plant plugs of yellow rattle in year 1.

I’m trying yellow rattle on a much smaller scale in a semi cleared, area. My grass mound was sown with wildflowers in mind too but the young grass at just 2yrs still choked space for the flowers to grow. My sowing was last November so I've yet to see this plant growing.

I found this info for you:

“Can Yellow Rattle be used to reduce grass growth? 

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) is a hemi­parasite which photosynthesizes for itself but also parasitizes the roots of some plants, especially grasses. Because it removes nutrients from the grasses, they produce less growth and the balance of competition is changed in favour of the wildflower species in a mixture.  Yellow Rattle can also build up in patches and then die out, especially if it the host grasses die out.  The bare patches are then open for colonization by wildflowers.”

Source: (more on wildflower meadows there too)

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Acanthus mollis

Grateful for any winter care tips :-) 
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Video space shows blank square - what went wrong? 
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Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Can you share images of yours and help with ID's? 
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