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It’s been fascinating to follow the tweets of butterfly enthusiasts as they marked the arrival of warm weather during the last fortnight, by discoveries of green hairstreaks, Duke of Burgundy Fritillaries and even some large tortoiseshells in the Isle of Wight. I can’t match any ...
The snow was great fun, but it made wildlife watching in my garden a bit pointless. I am rather biased on this, because as far as I'm concerned, wildlife really means insects. OK, there are a few birds and the odd squirrel out there
viewer. The idea was that sunlight during the day would power a small light at night to attract nocturnal moths to settle to be examined the next day. Unfortunately the light was so feeble it never attracted a single insect. I had better luck leaving
I’m afraid I’ve been rather disparaging about fat balls and landscape gardeners again. It all came out at the Kent Wildlife Conference, held on Saturday at the University of Greenwich’s swanky new Medway Campus, down in Chatham.The theme
-footed bee hovered briefly outside the kitchen.I've just been wandering about the garden in my shirtsleeves, feeling the real warmth of the sun catch me, and it seems that all the wildlife has just been queuing up ready for this sunshine. The trouble is, I
full of eggs.After freeing it from its kettle container, we release it into the ivy in the hope that it can attract a mate and lay its eggs there. Next year I’m expecting a red mist of them out there.
At certain times of the year, as I look out over my back garden, I see a huge heron perched on the chimney stacks of the next street. It's an infrequent, but fairly regular visitor and I often wonder what is attracting it. Our garden pond, up
the pig deliberately throws out tasty morsels to attract squirrels for an early morning gossip. The cats spend all day long waiting to charge out through the cat-flap after them, but always to no avail.When I first saw the jay, it startled and flew up
zigzagging about in the gloom.A stream of small and medium-sized moths are attracted to the kitchen lights. A few come indoors to bat gently against the lights, but most seem to pass or settle on the nearby herbage. I wonder if my amphibious friend is taking
, deer numbers have been increasing almost unchecked, and we now have more of them in the UK than at any other time in the last 1000 years. I just wonder what sort of comments this post would attract if I suggested reintroducing wolves might be the answer