A warmer garden……..

Once again I have been marvelling at the wildlife in other people’s gardens.  This time it was the formal garden and semi-farmland surrounding a small hotel in Menorca.  There were very familiar species behaving in familiar ways (house sparrows in particular) and a red kite reminded me of home every day!  In particular the joy of a warmer climate is seeing the insects  that we see here if we are lucky with our weather.  Red admiral butterflies were very abundant as were hummingbird hawk-moths – only one of the latter has been seen in my garden this summer.  Best of all though was the flock of twenty or so stone curlews that frequented the rocky ground where horses and sheep roamed.  Not something I am likely to see in my Shropshire garden!

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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