The thaw and hints of spring….

Well we survived the worst snow and ice we have ever seen here and hopefully our garden wildlife did too.  It was interesting to note that, as the thaw arrived, the numbers of garden birds dwindled dramatically, back to more usual numbers (admittedly still a lot) and species such as starling and redwing which we only see in very bad weather have now disappeared.  This week though there is a hint of spring in the air.  Great tits are calling and blue tits have been seen checking out one of the nest boxes.  And somehow the grass looks a bit greener…. or is that my imagination?  I am not expecting this to be the end of the snow however, and keeping up with the bird (and wood mouse) feeding is an important start to my day. 

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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