And the freeze continues…..

Snowed in again with only tractors passing along our lane.  My concern is how long our bird food supplies will last – hopefully for quite a while yet but we are receiving no post or deliveries.  Our fieldfare flock has grown to almost 100 with a handful of redwings and over 40 blackbirds – virtually all males which is interesting.  Where are the ladies??  The week ahead looks much the same here but the snow does bring other wildlife to our notice including a huge dog fox which makes life interesting.  Once again I am confined to my office but with a revision of one of my books in hand I have plenty to occupy me!  I do find myself staring out at the snow rather a lot though planning for the spring.  This week brings the winter solstice – a most significant event and a turning point in the natural calendar.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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