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Holly, Ilex aquifolium, a valuable tree for the wildlife garden

To many entomologists, trees like oak, birch and willow are top trees as many invertebrates feed on the foliage of the leaves. Other trees such as lime and ash have fewer invertebrates associated with them. Holly, Ilex aquifolium is a … Continue reading

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Native shrubs and trees

A lot has been said about why we should grow native trees and shrubs. However, a wildlife garden with non-native plants can be wonderful for wildlife; we all love lavender and the butterfly bush is popular with all sorts of … Continue reading

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Crab apples ~ Malus sylvestris ~ The wildlife garden

Malus sylvestris is a deciduous tree growing to 10 m and they are part of the┬áRosaceae family. They flower in April – May and provide nectar and pollen. ┬áThe flowers are popular with solitary bees such as Mining bees (Andrena … Continue reading

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Enhancing Wildlife and Biodiversity in the garden

Biodiversity in the back garden A possible definition of Biodiversity could be: the variability among living organisms from all sources, including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part: this includes … Continue reading

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A midwinter garden ~ December 2012

It’s winter and nature seems to be asleep. However there are still signs of life in the garden. The weather so far has been very mild and very wet. This situation is good for fungi. In my garden, there are … Continue reading

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Sparrowhawk

Sunday January 8th. I got up early to listen to our weekly programme about nature and the environment. It is a very educational programme and it has been aired for decades. Enjoying breakfast and a delicious cup of organic tea … Continue reading

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