I recently published a blog on 10 Tips for Attracting Wildlife to your garden which started with “Feed the Birds”. This was soon after the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in which the UK public is asked to submit details of the birds which visited their garden during one hour over a weekend at the end of January. The data is then used to evaluate bird populations across the UK. Inevitably during the hour we chose to undertake our birdwatch we had a single solitary Robin pay a visit and nothing else. Knowing that we frequently get a wider range of birds, and having recently enhanced the bird feeding area in our garden, I thought it might be interesting to conduct a slightly longer survey to see which visitors we see most often and in the largest numbers. This is a blog about the results of the survey which demonstrate that you don’t need a large garden, or to live in the countryside, to engage with wildlife. Continue reading
Gardens, even small ones or indeed any greenery, can provide a much appreciated habitat for wildlife, particularly in our increasingly urbanised living spaces. Whatever planting you have is likely to harbour some of the creatures with which we share our planet. However, there are a number of initiatives that can be applied in outdoor spaces which can really enhance the environment and attract a wide range of wildlife to the doorstep of our homes. This blog provides an overview of 10 ideas for supporting wildlife in gardens and other outdoor spaces. Continue reading
We have had an allotment for the past 5 years. As well as enjoying the fruits of our labour in terms of the produce we have grown, I have also been an active member of the allotment colony’s association committee which has provided some insight into the issues associated with managing an allotment site. This blog is a reflection on the role of allotments in modern life and why, in my view, they continue to be an important feature of our national culture in the UK.