Winter meets summer…….

Spring tends to come a little later here that in my previous garden – we are at almost exactly 200 meters above sea level and the garden faces into the westerly winds blowing over the Long Mynd from Wales.  Still, that really is not a problem as we find that summer seems to last longer too – everything has just shifted forwards a couple of weeks!  What has happened in the garden in the last week though, is winter and summer have collided in terms of the birds here.  Chiffchaffs sing from the wood next door while bramblings and redpolls feed on the nyger seed.  Birds are clearly nest building, especially dunnocks and tits, while fieldfares are still passing through.  An interesting time with much to do in the garden, but also much to distract me!

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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