Category Archives: Meadows

The Wildlife Garden in July

July is always a lovely month in my wildlife garden and this year was no different with spotted flycatchers nesting here this summer. I was able to watch these wonderful, charismatic little birds around the garden every day with one … Continue reading

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Happy sheep……….

September brings lots of work in the garden, and we have been cutting our meadows as well as storing vegetables and fruit, especially apples.  The poor summer weather has meant the apple crop is poor, but there are still enough … Continue reading

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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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Spring on hold…..

The last week of March, a week of hot summery weather, was wonderful if a little on the odd side!  Gardening in jeans and a T shirt instead of a warm fleece reminded me of how nice it is to … Continue reading

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A top predator…….

Twice now in a couple of months I have seen a barn owl in our area – once flying low through the garden over the big meadow and then across the long borders, head down as he scanned for any … 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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Autumn colours…..

At this time of year I am really glad that we planted plenty of spindle and dogwood in the hedges we created when we moved here 6 years ago.  Our focus was shrubs with plenty of berries and nesting sites … 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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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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More meadows for more wildlife…….

A calm, sunny evening with a wonderful sunset, and a dry Monday – it can’t last!  And the weather forecast suggests that it won’t so I’m making the most of it by taking some summer photos around the garden.  The … Continue reading

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