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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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Brimstone butterflies in the garden

I turned my garden into a habitat for bees and butterflies. Albeit on a small scale, it is a wildlife garden. I work mostly with native plants with a few exceptions  such as Butterfly bush and Lavender. Butterflies regularly visit … Continue reading

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White Bryony – a valuable plant for the pollinator garden

Since a few years, I have been growing White Bryony, Bryonia dioica, in my garden. It is a perennial and poisonous plant. The flowers are dioecious  which means that individual flowers are either male or female. The male flowers are much … 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 Rosaceae family. They flower in April – May and provide nectar and pollen.  The flowers are popular with solitary bees such as Mining bees (Andrena … Continue reading

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Solitary bees in the garden: Wool carder bees – Anthidium manicatum.

It’s July and the striking black and yellow coloured Wool carder bees are emerging. The males are between 10-16mm whereas the females are smaller: 10-13mm. Below a male resting on a leaf. In the field, the difference between the sexes … Continue reading

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A Mystery guest in the garden

I was watering a few plants that i replanted in early spring when suddenly I noticed this odd looking plant. I am familiar with broomrapes as my parents had a few in their garden called Orobanche purpurea growing on yarrow. … Continue reading

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My mini meadow – a paradise for solitary bees and bumblebees

While writing this blog, the sun is shining and it’s a perfect start of the day. The neighbours are quiet still and there is just me and birds and bees. Moments of pleasure! I take a cup of tea and … Continue reading

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