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It was only to be expected at this time of year, parent talk in the playground turns to frogs and toads. I haven’t seen any yet — too blistering cold, either for them to be moving or for me to out rootling in the garden — but I have just been shown photos of one on someone’s phon...
wildlife, they can be made into great plant food and are a surprisingly versatile ingredient in the kitchen.The nettle we're used to in the UK is Urtica dioica, a perennial plant full of iron, calcium, magnesium and nitrogen, which makes it incredibly
Feeding the birdsFeeding birds used to be a winter activity, from Christmas until the first spring flowers appeared. But birds need our help in the summer months just as much as during the winter.Because birds breed in the spring and early summer, by July and August there are mil...
Birds not only use water to drink, but they also bathe in it, helping them fluff up their feathers to insulate themselves against the cold. Experts have also found that clean birds are more streamlined, so can escape from predators quickly. Our bird bath is elevated, which will o...
to help them cling properly.To give bats the chance to choose the most suitable roost for the particular time of year site three boxes in your garden facing north, south-west and south-east.Attracting wildlife to your gardenBuilding a hedgehog house
and wildlife to your gardenMake a nesting area for birds on a pond, video projectInstall a window bird feederMake a bat boxMake fat cakes for birdsMake a green roof for a bird tableBrowse plants that are attractive to wildlifeBrowse plants with berries
-east.If your local wine store doesn't have any spare crates, buy some extra timber and make one instead.Attracting wildlife and insects to your gardenBuilding a bat boxConstructing a bird boxMaking a stag beetle bucketBrowse plants that are attractive
stems are perfect for the bee hotel. Easy to gather and cut, they are available in a range of diameters, including 3-5mm, as preferred by the bees.Attracting insects and wildlife to your gardenPlants for beesWildlife-friendly plantsMaking a stag beetle
into the back of your box and fix it on to a fence or arch using the self-tapping screw.AdamPlace the bug box in a sheltered spot in your garden, but don't hide it too well or the insects won't find it.Attracting insects and wildlife to your garden
in your gardenMaking a bee hotel for solitary bee speciesBrowse a variety of plants that are attractive to wildlifeView a selection of plants with spring flowering bulbs