Category Archives: Plants

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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The dinosaurs didn’t see their extinction coming… what’s our excuse?

When I was younger I used to think about dinosaurs a lot. I’d think about how they lived and interacted, what they might have looked like, all the usual things. But I also used to wonder about extinction. Did they … Continue reading

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Get Wild About Gardens

The total acreage of UK gardens exceeds that of all the nature reserves combined. So just imagine if all 15 million were managed to give a bit of assistance to struggling wildlife. That’s the idea behind Wild About Gardens.

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Vote Remain for Nature and the Environment

As most readers will know, whether in the UK or not, on Thursday Britain’s electorate will be polled on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. It is possible to read a million-and-one opinion pieces on … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Day 3 – Riverbank Flowers

Today, it’s photos from a riverbank. I know, it feels like a cop-out. I promise this little project will pick up from Sunday…

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Lazing on a sunny afternoon at RSPB Old Moor

With the happy confluence of a much-needed day off work, and some decent weather, it seemed sensible to get out of the house and do a little birdwatching. There were a few options, but in the end I decided to … Continue reading

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In praise of the British coast

Apparently visits to the British coast have declined by 20% across ten years, from 62% of people visiting the coast at least once in year in 2005, down to just 42% now. I find this really depressing. The coast of … Continue reading

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Bees, Sir! Thousands of ’em!

Well, maybe not thousands. But we’ve certainly done a good job planting the garden up for the pollinators. The alliums, sea holly, hollyhock, veronica, salvia, verbene and others attract plenty of bees. Most are either White-Tailed (Bombus lucorum) or Buff-Tailed … Continue reading

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Chaddesden Wood LNR, Derby

At the weekend I took a trip down to Derby, where I like to wander through the Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve. While the area has plenty of great birdlife, including a range of warblers (I saw/heard Chiffchaff, Blackcap and … Continue reading

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