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    Wildlife photographer, amateur ecologist and wildlife conservationist Jo Cartmell’s passion for British wildlife began in early childhood. Her special interests are water voles and wildflower meadows. Jo contributed to Spring, Summer and Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons and has had articles published in the Ecologist. She started @WaterVole on Twitter in 2009 and @NearbyWild in 2015. Jo is a regular contributor to NearbyWild, along with Stephen de Vere who runs the website, contributes, advises Jo on her blogs and films the Quick Guides.

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    Jo Cartmell

    How to start a native wildflower meadow in 6 easy steps

    Jo Cartmell 05-Feb-2019

    Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares her six easy steps to welcome in the wildlife by turning a garden lawn into a native wildflower meadow. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 6: magic of the wool carder bee and leafcutter bee

    Jo Cartmell 18-Oct-2018

    Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares Part 6 of her mini meadow series. This time, she has a close encounter with two very special guests to her garden: a wool carder bee and leafcutter bee. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 5: new arrivals in the orchard meadow

    Jo Cartmell 21-Aug-2018

    In Part 5 of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she shares news of a surprise in the mini meadow and new arrivals in the orchard meadow. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 4: wildflower meadows leave nature in charge

    Jo Cartmell 31-May-2018

    As we move into June and summer beckons, Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares Part 4 of her Mini Meadow journey, with Nature very much in charge. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 3: how does nature come to be regarded as kith and kin?

    Jo Cartmell 20-May-2018

    In the third part of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she asks just how it is that Nature comes to be regarded as kith and kin and explores the importance of establishing a true connection with Nature from a young age. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 2: our beautiful and vital insects

    Jo Cartmell 24-Apr-2018

    In the second instalment of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she takes us on a magical journey to meet the insects who inhabit it, illustrated with her own beautiful photos along the way. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 1: how I transformed my lawn into a beautiful mini meadow

    Jo Cartmell 18-Feb-2018

    In a new series of guest blogs, former PA turned wildlife photographer Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares her journey transforming her garden into a haven for nature. It all began with the introduction of a mini meadow… over to Jo from here! Read more

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