Category Archives: Plants

A pond update

So it’s been a while since the last update and I thought it’d maybe be interesting to see what’s been happening.

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The wildlife pond acquires plants, and wildlife!

A couple of weeks on and most of the plants have arrived and now been placed, at least temporarily, in the pond. What’s brilliant is that this has almost immediately attracted wildlife in.

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Creating a pond – Part 5

So we come to the final task in terms of building this pond – using cobbles to add structure.

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New Earswick Nature Reserve

As a key principle of self-isolation is that we shouldn’t be travelling too far, and just having this once-a-day outdoor exercise, it means I’m going to spend a lot more time along the local stretch of the river. It also … Continue reading

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A project for self-isolation – Part Two

So, yesterday I announced I’d be spending the next few weeks/months working on a long-planned project in the garden. It’s one that’s perfect for this blog, because I’m finally going to put a wildlife pond in. I’m going to then … Continue reading

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A project for self-isolation – Part One

Well, this is a weird time to be alive. Weird, scary, stressful, confusing, intimidating, and a whole bunch of other complicated emotional responses. I’ve been working from home since Tuesday last week now, and I’ve been both working on coping … Continue reading

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The Isles of Scilly: The Wrap-up Part 2

In the previous post we were looking up and out, seeing those great views that big skies and big seas draw from us all at some deeper level. But that can mean we miss the little things. So this post … Continue reading

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Why Watch Wildlife – The quinquennial review

I was quite surprised to realise today is five years since my first post on this blog. It’s been an interesting journey.

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Wild About Gardens 2017 – Go wild for bees

In October I wrote about an excellent new campaign called Wild About Gardens, and how they were encouraging us to garden for the benefit of wildlife. Rather confusingly, it’s back for 2017, but now a year-round campaign rather than a … Continue reading

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World Wetlands Day 2017 – Disaster Risk Reduction

Today is World Wetlands Day, an annual event run by the Ramsar Convention for the past twenty years to recognise the importance of wetland habitats. For 2017 the focus is on the value of these habitats to humanity, so I’m … Continue reading

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