A taste of spring…..

Spring has arrived!  Its quite incredible how spring-like it feels here at the moment with the sun shining, a blue sky and a mistle thrush singing in the wood next door.  Other birds have started to sing too – robins, which is natural as they sing through the winter anyway, but dunnocks and great tits too.  There is no doubt that there are territory squabbles going on too especially between the buzzards and the crows around here who tend to occupy the same nest sites.  The other very obvious sign of approaching spring is that the hazel catkins are lengthening by the day.  I tend to bring some inside at this time of year – a little warmth and they burst into bloom and shed pollen everywhere.  A foray into the garden revealed daffodil shoots pushing up under the hedge and a wren, snug in the greenhouse. 

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 www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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