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, alpine and great crested newts) was deep but without fish, and the two frog ponds were nothing more than a couple of Belfast sinks set into the ground. There was also a giant rockery for the animals to hibernate in. Amazing. Toads seem to prefer fishponds
to hide, nest and hibernate. For me, seeing lizards in the garden is a lovely reminder of holidays. And, because they only venture out on sunny days, it means that finally, we're having some good weather.
allotment and the bees did very well after their traumatic experience. I even witnessed a mated queen digging into the ground to hibernate.Luckily there was no duvet involved in last week's Operation Bumblebee. I went round just before dusk, so I could see
while for the ladybirds to arrive to the scene, but they nearly always come eventually. It helps not to be too tidy in autumn - ladybirds and other insects hibernate among dead foliage and leaf litter, so if you provide such shelter for them over winter
are continually on the move. I hope the BTO is able to keep an eye of all five of them over winter and track their return journeys to the UK in spring.In the meantime, we gardeners can take a few steps to ensure this autumn's hibernating butterflies, moths