Category Archives: wildife gardening

The Olympic Meadows legacy – what can we do for meadows?

This summer has been all about meadows – their beautiful flowers, the nectar-rich food they provide for our bumblebees, butterflies and moths, and the larder and habitat they provide for many of our most endearing mammals and birds – hares, … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Gill Perkins, Bumblebee Conservation Trust: The grass is always greener…..

Gill Perkins of Bumblebee Conservation Trust has written today’s guest blog.  The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’.   In the last 80 years our bumblebee population have crashed.  Two species have become … Continue reading

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Pictorial Mix

What’s in a name? The debate continues surrounding headline grabbing ‘Pictorial Meadows’, the invention of Nigel Dunnett professor of planting design in the landscape department of Sheffield University. It’s an adaptation of a cornfield full of annual “weeds”, without the … Continue reading

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What’s in a name 2: Wild about Wildflowers – or are they weeds?

We met up with friends yesterday for a pub lunch which was great and afterwards, as the soft April rain returned for the 6th day in a row, visited the millennium green in the village where we had eaten. It … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Nick Mann at Habitat Aid

Many people get in touch with us to ask where to buy meadow seed and Habitat Aid is one of the reputable companies that we recommend.  With so many people embarking on wildflower meadow projects we thought some of our … Continue reading

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Gardening for Bugs

With the current surge in interest in wildflower gardens, I was interested to read about a research project in the latest edition of  RHS magazine The Garden called “Plants for Bugs”.   The study is comparing the value of native and … Continue reading

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On starlings, leatherjackets and bird watching

There can be few better examples of the power of public wildlife surveys than the RSPB/BTO Big Garden Birdwatch. Results out today show that 600,000 people took part this January – we did – did you? I was really surprised … Continue reading

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