Identifying Insects & Other Creepy-crawlies

As every wildlife gardener knows, there’s seldom any shortage of insects and other creepy-crawlies to spot in the garden, which means that there’s usually plenty for the amateur naturalist to see, even on the dullest of days. However, apart from the instantly recognisable ones, such as ladybirds, woodlice and earthworms, …

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Identifying Butterflies & Moths

Butterflies and moths are some of the most attractive of all the world’s insects and Britain has more than its fair share of really striking varieties. Planting buddleia, mallow, honeysuckle and other nectar-rich plants in the wildlife garden is a sure-fire way to guarantee that you’ll not be short of …

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Equipment for Watching Wildlife

Half the enjoyment of creating your own wild area in the garden comes from the chance it gives you to watch some of our native wildlife and while you often need nothing more than a keen pair of eyes, there are times when a little extra equipment can help. Binoculars …

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What Are These Garden Birds?

I wouldn’t like to swear to it, but I think the two on the lamppost-like structure in your photo are Long-Tailed Tits ( Aegithalos caudatus) – a fairly little-known, but not uncommon, British resident distinguished by the lengthy tail which gives it it’s common name. Noisy Chaps and Undulating Fliers …

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Can I Prevent Woodpeckers Attacking My Nest Boxes?

Woodpeckers are beautiful birds, but sometimes they don’t entirely endear themselves to the wildlife gardener. Whether they’re simply trying to excavate a nest box in accordance with generations of instinct, or, as is distressingly often the case with the Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) mounting an assault to get at …

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How Can I Turn My Pond Into a Bog Garden?

I’m sorry to hear that you’re finding things increasingly difficult, especially since gardening seems to mean such a lot to you and you’ve evidently invested a lot of time and effort into keeping your pond in good condition. The short answer is that what you’re thinking of doing can certainly …

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Photographing Birds in the Garden

We have all become very used to seeing wonderful wildlife photography in glossy magazines and on our televisions, but great pictures such as these are usually the product of dedication, knowledge and a good deal of waiting. However, with a little care and patience, budding bird photographers can produce some …

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