Autumn leaves and wood pigeons……

We have had some wonderful weather here, with blue skies, buttery yellow leaves on hazel and dark red on dogwood.  Its a shame the leaves don’t last a bit longer – or the good weather for that matter!  It’s cold, damp and grey now and around the garden we have a huge flock of wood pigeons just looking for a place to land to forage for food.  The stubble next door will soon be full of them and just for interest I always do a count and 200 or so usually visit this field.  In the garden though we tend to get just a few – maybe up to 10 – and they gobble down any food they can get at on our low bird table.  Something about these waddling birds appeals to me though even though they are so greedy!

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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