Wildlife gardening articles

Sep
30
2020
Sarah Young

Sustainable alternatives to garden lawns: Part 1

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From herbs to moss and more, we share a first instalment from our friends at Ethical.net about sustainable alternatives to garden lawns. Read more …

Jul
29
2020
Nick Mann

The Wool Carder bee – and why it’s one of my favourites

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Which are your favourite species of bee? For Nick Mann of Habitat Aid, ranking high among them is the Wool Carder bee. Read more …

Jun
17
2020
Nick Mann

Sowing wildflower seed onto grass

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Keen to transform your lawn into a wildflower meadow but not sure how? Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares his guide to sowing wildflower seed onto grass. Read more …

May
27
2020
Nick Mann

Blossom, blossom and more blossom!

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Nick Mann of Habitat Aid charts a five month journey of beautiful blossom and how people and pollinators alike can benefit from its bounty. Read more …

Feb
26
2020
Ruby Harrison

Could you be a recorder for the Nature’s Calendar project with the Woodland Trust?

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The Woodland Trust share the latest findings from their Nature’s Calendar project and invite you to get involved as one of the thousands of volunteers who make it happen each year. Read more …

Jan
22
2020
Nick Mann

Hedgelaying for wildlife: it’s worth the effort

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We hear from Nick Mann of Habitat Aid about why hedgelaying for wildlife is well worth the effort – and the workout – it entails. Read more …

Dec
18
2019
Nick Mann

Wildflower meadows in spring: what to look forward to

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As the winter solstice approaches, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid takes a welcome look forward to the delights of his wildflower meadows in spring. Read more …

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 …

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