RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

I'm taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this month, it will be my 5th year of doing so and I look forward to it every year. Identify and count the number of wild birds visiting your garden for just 1 hour during 24th – 25th January (pick a day that suits you), it’s so easy to do … Continue reading RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

Bugs and Bees

My allotment plot and garden welcome many species of beneficial wildlife, such as hoverflies, lacewings, bees, ladybirds, butterflies (yes, butterflies are very welcome on my plot!) and lovely little mason bees. I grow plenty of flowers throughout the year to attract them, and my organic approach to gardening ensures there will always be food in the … Continue reading Bugs and Bees

Nature Can Be Cruel, Yet So Beautiful

A couple of weeks ago, following a storm, I found a little bird nest. Thankfully empty (with no sign of eggs anywhere near) it lay there, upside down on the lawn, perfect and beautiful. A victim of the destructive gale force winds. It's a miniature work of art, and I wanted to share its beauty through … Continue reading Nature Can Be Cruel, Yet So Beautiful

Big Spawn Count 2014

I'm so excited! I spotted this lovely couple in the wildlife pond early this morning, a pair of common frogs in a copulatory embrace called Amplexus. I rushed to the house to grab my camera before they disappeared. During our first spring living here we saw plenty of frog couples, but until now they had little choice … Continue reading Big Spawn Count 2014

National Nest Box Week 2014

National Nest Box Week (NNBW) runs from 14th February to 21st February. The aim of NNBW is to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their garden, allotment or local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Being a big fan of helping wildlife I provide nest … Continue reading National Nest Box Week 2014

Mason Bees

Mason bees were attracted to our bee box at the allotment last May, it was fascinating watching them building nests within the hollow tubes. Mason bees are non-aggressive solitary bees, they are very small and do not sting unless really threatened (a sting is not usually painful and only females are capable). They do not swarm, bother people or produce honey, but … Continue reading Mason Bees