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starting point. When choosing new plants, bear wildlife in mind and look for those that will provide safe shelter and perching places. In addition, put up nest boxes wherever you have a suitable position - reasonably high up and out of direct, scorching sun
behind plant pots and at the back of the borders. She's much more inquisitive than the male, who is only interested in apples, turning leaves, pecking at soil and frightening birds. We've called them Sid and Nancy.So I will be taking part in this year
, caterpillars and chrysalises don't end up on the compost heap. Now autumn is on its way, many of us will be thinking of tidying our gardens, composting spent perennials and making leaf mulch.Remember that caterpillars overwinter in leaf piles and plant debris
Feeding the birdsFeeding birds used to be a winter activity, from Christmas until the first spring flowers appeared. But birds need our help in the summer months just as much as during the winter.Because birds breed in the spring and early summer, by July and August there are mil...
To Soicherons, Villars-Dompierre, in the Cote d'Or region of France for two weeks and the wildlife here is subtly different to that in East Dulwich. For one thing we are surrounded by large flowery meadows, hedges dripping with Mirabelle plums
are liable to flooding, and nest, brood and roosting queens are all vulnerable to mould and fungal disease.The most important thing we, as gardeners, can do to help bumblebees at this time of year is not to fuss too much about nectar plants, but to make sure