Unexpected visitors……

One of the joys of creating a wildlife garden is the feeling that you are contributing to the well-being of your local wildlife, either by providing suitable habitat for shelter or breeding, or because  birds, mammals and other wildlife can find food there.  Once in a while, you know a garden visitor has arrived for none for these things – maybe your garden is just a temporary resting place.  This makes it none the less exciting when something special turns up, and the beautiful woodcock that appeared in the garden here last week, on a path between the wildlife friendly herbaceous borders, was a treat.  Sadly the camera was out of reach – the borrowed painting is by Ian Lewington:   www.ian-lewington.co.uk

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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2 Responses to Unexpected visitors……

  1. This once happened in our garden. Albeit, the bird was (as yours) was probably on passage.

    Fantastic birds with their cryptic plumage, often seen at this time of year, when out on the local downs.

    Kind Regards

    Tony Powell

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