Garden Mammals in Winter

As winter approaches, we tend to start thinking about the birds, but more often than not, we don’t give a great deal of thought to garden mammals. It’s partly an ‘out of sight out of mind’ kind of a thing; on the whole birds do tend to be a lot …

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Questionnaire: What Do You Really Know About Bees?

Bees are among the most instantly recognisable of all insects – and we all know what a wonderful job they do pollinating our plants, but apart from all that buzzing about in the sunshine making honey, what do you really know about them? With bee numbers falling around the world …

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Quiz: Are You a Garden Bird Expert?

Birds are eternally popular garden visitors and single-handedly account for the purchase of more wildlife related products than any other group. From magazines and guide books, to bird-boxes and binoculars, our feathered friends have us buying all manner of bits and bobs – and that’s before we’ve even begun to …

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FAQ: Pest Control in a Wildlife Garden

Controlling pests in a wildlife garden is an age-old problem. Just how do you keep those one or two voracious nuisances at bay without simultaneously wiping out the whole gang of their relatives that you’re really rather keen to encourage? It’s not an easy balance to strike, but with a …

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Identifying the Amphibians You See

Although amphibian numbers around Britain appear to be declining overall, these delicate and fascinating creatures are being encountered with increasing frequency in gardens. Whether this is a response to the loss of their natural habitat, or the inevitable consequence of creeping urbanisation – or both – it provides the wildlife …

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Wildlife Watching at Night.

The night-time garden is a whole different world. A completely new range of creatures takes over our flower beds, lawns and ponds as the sun sets, and many of Britain’s most familiar and best loved wildlife, big and small, belong to this group of nocturnal visitors – from the likes …

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Quiz: Can You Recognise Wildlife Tracks and Trails?

Some kinds of wildlife can seem incredibly tame and before long you find yourself looking on them as old friends in the garden. Other animals, however, are inclined to be a bit on the shy and secretive side, the sort of visitors that you’ll probably only ever see once in …

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FAQ: Creating a Wildlife Pond

Few things are such an effective wildlife magnet as a pond. From the likes of frogs and damselflies looking to set up home, to birds and badgers visiting for a drink, add even a small stretch of water to your garden, and all manner of creatures will soon be stopping …

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know British Mammals?

When it comes to wildlife, most of our favourites are mammals – so it’s no accident that the WWF chose that panda – and as for the “ooh” factor, these cute and furry chaps have it in spades! It’s hardly surprising then, that some of Britain’s most popular wild creatures …

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FAQ: Designing a Wildlife Garden

Wildlife gardening has never been more popular and with so many species of British plants and animals finding their natural habitats increasingly threatened, this burgeoning interest in back garden nature reserves couldn’t be more welcome. A proper wildlife garden, however, calls for a little bit more than just letting a …

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