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), aided by 13-year-old. The 11-year-old swept up and the 3-year-old ate biscuits.And you'll be pleased to know that no wildlife was inconvenienced by the tree's removal. I knocked a Jersey tiger moth from the small cherry tree as I entered the garden area
, froghoppers, moths, butterflies and bees. (The frogs I rescued and brought in.) I’m determined to make sure my garden provides the perfect home for wildlife over winter, and if I have to compromise a little on aesthetics, so be it. I've already made
for butterflies and moths) are allowed to flourish. Nothing is sprayed, clipped or dug over, the land returns to its wild self.Of course, this reclaimed 'wild' land, which is often littered and graffitied, can become a prime location for antisocial behaviour
get up earlier than usual just to watch them forage on red clover, alliums, poppies and viper's bugloss before setting off for work.The only slight problem was that I found a wax moth in the nest when I moved it, but that's a blog for another day.
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
cacti completely dry. Orchids can be challenging as their potting compost always looks dry, but don’t be tempted to water too often as their fleshy roots rot readily. With moth orchids (Phalaenopsis), wait until the roots look a silver colour before