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on. Then today I found the large bone, obviously the remains of someone's Sunday roast, dumped under the bench up there. Squatters?Fox sightings have been down this last couple of years, and even the plaintive screaming in early spring seems to have
, removing leaf litter and other debris. This will keep your pond healthy for frogs, toads and other pond life, and hopefully ensure our frogs make it through the winter, ready to give their populations a good boost in spring.
chaff is just lazily missing the right notes.Greenfinches irritate me on the bird table - all that mess and spitting - but I do love their wheezy song. A sure sign of spring, I heard the first one of the year last week. But until now I didn't know what
of pollen and nectar cake laid in by their mother, and have developed into adults, they delay final emergence until spring. It is then the males that emerge first, often several days before females from the same nest. They then wait about until the females
the small golfball-sized embryo nest with its 15-20 cells in a single paper comb. After she has laid her first 15-20 eggs in these, she must forage for caterpillars, flies, aphids and other insects to feed to the grubs that hatch.This is a vulnerable time
the National Bat Helpline first for advice on 0845 1300 228.
20 seconds worrying what the neighbours would think, and then relaxed, happy with our new arrival.My bumblebees (RIP) were rescued from friends who were landscaping their garden; some of my frogs were rescued from a kitchen drain and the rest I picked
shape. Although it is an old variety (1906) its beauty hasn't been eclipsed. Height 1m.Papaver 'Mrs Perry'This slightly washed-out poppy bears the name of the 20th-century artist, who scoured East Anglia in the late 1930s, looking for pale versions
:Bluebell, bugle, crab apple, daffodil, flowering cherry and currant, forget-me-not (Myosotis), hawthorn, hellebore (Helleborus corsicus, H. foetidus), pulmonaria, pussy willow, rhododendron, rosemary, viburnum, thrift (Armeria maritima).Spring flowers
Nectar BarAt Berryfields, we have made what we called the Nectar Bar alongside our big pond. Butterflies are among the more beautiful visitors we hope to attract, but all nectar-drinking creatures are welcome here.Any garden created for wildlife