Marsh tits and coal tits……

So proper winter weather is with us here in Shropshire – snow on the hills round about, snow in the garden and snow in our lane making it impossible to get our car out.  Luckily for our local wildlife, it is not too deep and already disappearing as the snow turns to rain.  The effect on some of our birds has been very noticeable though with marsh tits and coal tits caching large amounts of seeds, taking beak-fulls off into our hedges and trees.  A coal tit has even been seen hiding sunflower hearts in tufts of grass between the paving stones outside out back door!  I have no problem with this except that I suspect few are ever found and we do get strange plants germinating in the spring!  I wish I could let them know there will always be a good supply of food for them here!

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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