Wildlife gardening articles

Jun
11
2019
Nick Mann

In the meadow: rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary

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As summertime nears, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares a snapshot of a Somerset meadow, rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary of the nature found within. Read more …

Feb
26
2019
Nick Mann

Plants for bees in late winter: how your garden can help them through

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If it’s warm in February the bees will be in trouble. Nick Mann of Habitat Aid explains how you can do your bit to help them by planting winter bee plants in your garden.

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Feb
5
2019
Jo Cartmell

How to start a native wildflower meadow in 6 easy steps

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

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Oct
18
2018
Jo Cartmell

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

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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 …

Aug
21
2018
Jo Cartmell

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

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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 …

May
31
2018
Jo Cartmell

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

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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 …

May
20
2018
Jo Cartmell

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

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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 …

Apr
24
2018
Jo Cartmell

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

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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 …

Feb
18
2018
Jo Cartmell

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

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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 …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Mar
31
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in April – what to look out for

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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 …

Feb
28
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in March – what to look out for

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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 …

Jan
28
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in February – what to look out for

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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 …

Dec
30
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in January – what to look out for

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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 …

Nov
30
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in December – what to look out for

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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 …

Oct
31
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in November – what to look out for

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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 …

Sep
30
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in October – what to look out for

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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 …

Sep
16
2016
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 4: front gardens – concrete or plants?

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My partner’s mother lives in Hounslow, under the Heathrow flight path and next to a dual carriageway. But she has filled her front and back garden with flowers, trees, bushes and vegetables. When she visits, she often brings pears, plums, spinach, tomatoes or flowers from her garden. Read more …

Aug
31
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in September – what to look out for

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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 …

Jul
31
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in August – what to look out for

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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 …

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