Autumn arrives…..

Over the last few days the bird species in and around the garden have changed.  Instead of swallows overhead we have herring gulls and our sparrows have disappeared!  It’s ploughing time in at least some of the fields here as preparations are made to sow winter wheat.  On one side of our lane, gulls and buzzards sit behind the plough as it moves slowly across the hillside – these birds are picking up whatever invertebrates the farm vehicles turn up.  The house sparrows though are feeding in a field close to the garden, where oats have just been harvested.  This stubble field will remain through the winter  and is attracting different bird species, including the sparrows as they pick up spilled grain.   Either way, plenty of birds are 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 and her bird food company at
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