Learning curve…..

A trip to the beautiful county of Devon, and to several amazing gardens full of wildlife, has once again made me think about the differences between our gardens depending on location.  The wonderful garden at Coleton Fishacre on the south Devon coast had peregrines, common lizards and grass snakes.  Rosemoor, the  RHSGarden near Bideford was awash with birds – blackcaps, robins, bullfinches and chiff chaffs, while the bird feeders there were buzzing with tits, finches and sparrows.  The garden where I spent most of my week however, had woodland birds galore in the tall oaks all around and it was good to see treecreepers, nuthatches and marsh tits, plus plenty of song thrushes on the lawns.  Most intriguing though were a pair of chaffinches which came daily to sit on the door handles and stare in at us!  Both also tapped on the glass!  I’m sure other holiday makers were less generous than we were with crumbs and other titbits, but this learnt behaviour certainly paid off in terms of extra food!

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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4 Responses to Learning curve…..

  1. Wow this shot of the chaffinch is great, I might sound like a child when I say this but I love the roundness of it’s body, the smoothness of it’s feathers, its so cute and makes me smile 🙂

  2. I like the fact that he looks really annoyed!

  3. will says:

    The chaffinch definetly looks well fed!

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