Category Archives: Butterflies

A butterfly’s nightmare…..

With the weather continuing to be wet and cold the wildlife in the garden here is struggling.  Butterflies in particular are few and far between and I am amazed that ringlets and meadow browns appear over the meadow at all.  … Continue reading

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Unexpected visitor…..

Every time a new species of bird or butterfly appears here I quietly congratulate myself, even if technically it has nothing to do with how I have designed and maintained this garden!  Sometimes specific things do produce desired results – … Continue reading

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Hibernation troubles……..

The continuing mild November weather is making things rather difficult for hibernating insects.  We have found a  couple of butterflies in the house lately after doors to the garden have been left open, and large numbers of lacewings and ladybirds … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bramblings and bumblebees……

I find this an odd time of year in my garden.  There are still late summer flowers  in bloom at the moment including pink Cosmos, Verbena and a few sweet peas, yet we have had our first brambling on the feeders … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Multi-purpose fruit…….

Growing fruit in the garden here is done primarily to provide food for ourselves, but there is the added bonus of feeding our local wildlife.  At the moment we have apples, plums, damsons and pears to pick (and store in … Continue reading

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Hoping for brimstones…….

However many nectar plants you add to your borders to attract butterflies, there will always be a few that have their own specific requirements.  One of these is the brimstone, that sulphur yellow harbinger of spring.  Second brood adults are … Continue reading

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Young warblers in abundance…..

My annual trip to the British Birdwatching Fair is always something I look forward to, whether I am working or just being a visitor.  Apart from fuelling my (slight) obsession with birds, it also reminds me to catch up with … Continue reading

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Planning ahead……

In spite of not the best weather in the world, the late summer butterflies I expect to see in my garden at this time are doing well and feeding on Echinacea and Verbena which I have planted in some quantities … Continue reading

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