Pond life awakening……

Although last week’s sunny hint of spring is behind us the mild weather is continuing, to the extent that there are frogs around in the garden making their way to the Big Pond.  It is great to see them and enjoy those feelings of the world waking up, but currently we have a hungry buzzard watching from the safety of a nearby ash tree, and swooping down into the garden when he sees movement.  He has been seen to eat at least one – but that’s life in a wildlife garden.  Much as I like the fact that the pond is a great habitat for amphibians, the birds of prey in our area are wonderful – four species are regularly seen and they have a presence and grace of their own.  Buzzards nest in the wood next door and I always consider it an honour if they actually visit the garden, and if we are providing food for them by creating a habitat for their prey species, I am more than happy.

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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