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Wildlife

  • Helping Bees with Bee Friendly Practices & Plants

    Why are bees so important to us Bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops, an estimated whopping 1/3 of food is dependent on pollination. Pollination is basically plant reproduction: by transferring pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part of the flower the plants seed or fruit can be formed. The transfer of pollen can be done by the wind, birds, bats, mammals and of course insect such as bees - bees are so important because they pollinate on such a massive scale - hence the phrase 'busy bees'. Threats to bees There are quite a
  • The Dangers Neonicotinoid Insecticides hold for our bees and other wildlife

    Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine (The name literally means “new nicotine-like insecticides) Neonicotinoids – first introduced in the mid-1990s – are the fastest growing and most heavily used class of insecticide, and account for roughly 25% of the global agrochemical market. They have become increasingly popular as insects (especially aphids) have developed resistance to other insecticides. How do neonicotinoids work? Neonicotinoids are designed to target the insects nervous system  causing havoc with the
  • Helping Winter Wildlife

    Winter can be tough for the wild things- but it is not too hard for us to help. Helping birds: Help birds in winter by placing fat blocks in wire cages. Balls in plastic nets are not recommended as birds can get caught in them.  The empty nets also end up as litter as they are often forgotten or dislodged by the weather. You can put out finely chopped bacon rind and grated cheese for small birds such as wrens. Thrushes and blackbirds favour fruit. Scatter over-ripe apples, raisins and song-bird mixes on the ground for them. Do not leave out large quantities of food
  • September Garden Ponder

    I love my garden and just like this red squirrel I think it is the perfect place to chill out.  Your garden is probably in full swing at the moment  - and now in the middle of September is a very good time to have a bit of a ponder and assess your efforts whilst there is still shape and form there to look at.  It is very easy to forget what it all looks like by next February! Make a plan – take photos You really do forget how big things grow so taking a few photos is a good idea.  After a number of seasons you can see how the garden changes of its own accord -
  • How to be a better Gardener

    Plant native trees and shrubs - they support more wildlife. Have a variety of heights - much more bird friendly. Chose 'open' flowers that are easily accessible to bees . Think before you use a petrol machine - does the grass really need cutting? Do I need a chain saw for that branch? Consider alternatives: push mower, scythe, saw, loppers. Do not rush to tidy up in autumn. Dead flower heads often provide homes for overwintering friends. Use green manures. They improve the soil as well as providing colour and interest eg. Phacelia, Clovers, Buckwheat. Bees love
  • Attracting Wildlife in the Garden

    Provide as many habitats as possible and make the most of the ones you have Lawns Lawns provide a home for many insects that are eaten by birds and other wildlife. You can improve your lawn for wildlife by simply avoiding the use of weed killers and artificial fertilizers. Providing areas of grass of different heights, which are cut at different times of the year, optimises food potential. Grow clover in your lawn. Clovers are of great value to bees, which will pollinate your plants, as a source of nectar. Hedges Consider a hedge rather than a fence. For every foot of
  • Bee friendly flowers and seeds

    If you want to encourage bees then sowing flowers is a great idea. Not only do they look beautiful but you'll be helping our bee populations by providing them with diversity and much needed nectar. Organic seeds and organic growing methods are important since bees are especially sensitive to pesticides. To help you find bee friendly products we created a new section on our site especially for bee friendly plants you can grow. Click here to visit our bee friendly seeds now.   var

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