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What garden wildlife is doing now

Find out what garden wildlife is up to in February

February can be a cruel month. On the one hand, bulbs are starting to flower and you may hear your first low hum of a queen bumblebee looking for sustenance. But on the other, days are still short and cold, and some of the worst winter weather could yet be to come.

Keep bird feeders topped up and replace frozen water in bird baths with fresh. You may consider floating a ball on the surface of your pond to stop it freezing over, but remember that plants can continue photosynthesising through thin ice, so ice only really causes problems if it’s there for a long time and/or is covered with snow.

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