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For Christmas this year, all my friends and relatives will be receiving bird boxes. I’ve developed something of an obsession with DIY bird boxes, and currently have a pile of them in my front room, waiting to be wrapped in festive paper. I feel like Santa.It all started when the ...
. Undeterred, I thought I’d try something else for 2013: yew, Taxus baccata. I’m very fond of yew; I love seeing gnarled old trees in graveyards, exploring the patterns and fissures of their bark. Left alone, yews can grow for centuries. One specimen
) the smell of blood attracts flies, which lay eggs in the wound. Foxes can also grab hold of a hedgehog’s back leg and break it; many hogs in Sue’s care have had their legs amputated as a result of such an attack.When I met Sheba, she was sleeping under a