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    Jenny Steel is an Author and Plant Ecologist who has been a Wildlife Gardening specialist for more than 30 years. She has written several books on Wildlife Gardening and Natural History and is a freelance writer for organisations, websites, magazines and Wildlife Trusts.

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    Nature in April – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 31-Mar-2017

    As we move through April towards May, woodlands and waysides start to burst with late spring flowers. One of the most notable of these is the Bluebell which is opening its glorious blue nodding bells this month. We are famed the world over for our bluebell woods Read more

    Nature in March – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 28-Feb-2017

    The beginning of March is always a really exciting time in my garden as there are changes almost daily especially in the day length. One thing I look forward to with great anticipation is a warmish night as I know that it will bring all the male Frogs out of their hiding places Read more

    Nature in February – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 28-Jan-2017

    Already there are birds around the garden preparing for nesting. Blue Tits in particular have been checking out a couple of nest boxes that I can see from the house, one of which is right outside a bedroom window. Read more

    Nature in January – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 30-Dec-2016

    Anyone who feeds the birds in their garden is likely to have a Sparrowhawk passing through from time to time.  I am no different from anyone else – feeling that moment of flinching fear as the small grey male or his larger female mate come swooping past my window with outstretched talons. Read more

    Nature in December – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 30-Nov-2016

    December always naturally makes me think of Christmas, and Christmas makes me think of robins, and this colourful little bird seems to feature on almost every Christmas card I receive and no wonder – it is a bird we very much notice, and associate with, nature in December. Read more

    Nature in November – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 31-Oct-2016

    I’m beginning to realise just how much the garden birds occupy my thoughts when it comes to nature in November, as there is little else around in my wildlife garden just now. Apart for a single Bank Vole, a few Grey Squirrels and the occasional Brown Rat from the farm next door, Read more

    Nature in October – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 30-Sep-2016

    This time of year is usually holiday time for me, so, when it comes to nature in October, my trips away from Shropshire and my garden have to involve a large element of looking at wildlife and hopefully walking in beautiful countryside. Read more

    Nature in September – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 31-Aug-2016

    When it comes to nature in September, this month is a melancholy time of year for anyone who loves swallows. Through the summer I enjoy seeing them and the local house martins, swooping and diving around my house and garden, drinking from the pond or sitting on our electricity wires, twittering and preening. Read more

    Nature in August – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 31-Jul-2016

    As someone who used to work in university research, it is deeply ingrained in my nature to observe and record what I see, and also, when necessary, to count things (I once spent six years counting weed seedlings). Read more

    Nature in July – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 01-Jul-2016

    The ponds in the garden have been rather disappointing so far this year in terms of the numbers of dragonflies we have seen. There have been very few individuals of only a small handful of the larger species – nothing like the usual numbers that we see at this time of year. Read more

    Nature in June – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 29-May-2016

    Nature in June – what you can expect to see! Read more

    Nature in May – what to look out for

    Jenny Steel 29-Apr-2016

    Living in a cool and slightly windswept location in the South Shropshire Hills means that the arrival of migrant birds or the appearance of the first spring butterflies occurs a little later here than it does in counties further south and east. Read more

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