Hare scare

Report by Yohannes Lowe in The Telegraph 11.10.18 Hares could be wiped out, experts warn, as mystery deaths have sparked fears that a highly infectious disease has “jumped” from rabbits.David Wembridge, Peoples Trust for Endangered Species Survey Officer, warned that if Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) or Myxomatosis spreads to non-resistant hares for the first time, the animals could be virtually eradicated in Read More

Berries for birds

Your garden can provide birds with essentials such as food, shelter and the chance of finding a mate so make it appealing to them by installing a birdbath and plenty of nest boxes and make your borders a haven for birds by boosting them with berried trees and shrubs. Birds prefer untidy borders, so to Read More

Look and learn

The fallen leaves, which carpet the ground provide food and shelter for many animals. Even when a leaf has fallen, it still contains valuable food reserves which can be returned to the soil and absorbed by the roots of plants, so recycling the nourishment. Teacher Julia Fairfax suggests you get your kids off the sofa Read More

Jacob helps wildlife and makes a whistle

Now that my grandson Jacob is starting school, it’s a time to get his mind focused on learning, so his mummy will help him keep a diary about his garden, which will be good writing practice and great fun.  He’s already noticed that there’s still plenty of butterflies, which he has found feeding on his Read More

Watch out – hogs are about!

Hedgehog Awareness Week is 6-12 May – find out more www.britishhedgehogs.co.uk In early spring, before hedgehogs become active again, check the garden for dangers. For example, although hedgehogs are great swimmers, it’s important to make sure that ponds have an escape route or sloping edge and that netting is stowed away so that the adventurous Read More

Look out “Mad March Hares” about!

Hares are not native, but were probably brought by the invading Romans, although it is possible they have been here longer. In fact, “Mad as a March hare” is an expression the British have used for hundreds of years. There are three types of hare in the UK: the brown hare, the smaller mountain hare that turns Read More

Wake up call for bees

Without our gardens, many bees would starve when they wake up early in the year, as they need a ready supply of open flowers, with easy access to pollen and nectar. First bees to appear are the large queens of the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. You’ll likely come across them still looking a bit drowsy on Read More

Give birds a home!

14-21 February is National Nest Box Week. Organized by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), it aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Designed by nature Woodpeckers for example, generally excavate new holes each Read More

Rabbit-proof your garden

You don’t have to turn violent to make your garden a rabbit-free zone. It’s possible to prevent your borders becoming their favourite dish of the day by choosing plants that they just don’t like the taste of.   There’s a long list of plants that will survive being nibbled and combined with a few tricks Read More

Ivy – let the battle begin!

As the Christmas song says, Holly and Ivy have a unique relationship, which according to experts on folk song traditions is symbolic of the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ and the rivalry between men and women. In the various different versions of this ancient song, the established that it has a Pagan past connected to the Read More