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I've been building, not so much a garden pond, as a playground pond. And the first problem with playgrounds is that they are all-over tarmac. The obvious site for Ivydale Primary School's new pond was a sunny, but extremely bleak corner next
buildings this rule doesn’t apply. Autumn is considered the best time to erect bird boxes, but it won’t do any harm to put one up in January, as long as the box is fixed securely. For advice on how to build a box and where to site it, visit rsbp.org.
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...
of Tears', which was built by convicts held there during the Second World War. There, it was said that, “the weak die and the strong cry”. The convicts were given the task of building a wall as something to do, and something to make them suffer.The Wall
of the building, a rapid series of hollow rattles, quickly answered by another tapping on the other side of the room as if in mocking echo, it's no wonder they became associated with the ticking away of life itself.But there is nothing so dark in their night
bucketBuilding a bug box for insectsBuilding a hedgehog houseMaking a bird boxInstalling a window bird feederMaking a bat boxBrowse a variety of plants that are attractive to wildlifeView a selection of spring flowering bulbs
the bathroom light on each night.The notion of bug boxes came back to me recently when I had a quick look through the 'my garden' section of the RSPB's Homes for Wildlife web pages. Under 'homes for insects' it suggests installing or building one. Well, I
action to prevent it happening again. So I have:Winterkill can happen when ponds freeze over for a long period. Noxious gasses build up and literally suffocate any frogs which happen to be there. Frogs (usually males) often choose to spend the winter
-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
periodically.Find out more about stag beetle conservation.Attracting insects and wildlife to your gardenFlowers to attract bees and other insects.Wildlife-friendly plantsBuilding a bug box for insectsMaking a bee hotelBrowse a variety of plants