Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Everyone should be serious about encouraging wildlife, and whether you focus on pollinating bees, pest devouring birds or slug eating hedgehogs, David Hall has been looking at the products that Wildlife World design and manufacture to aid their conservation.
At this time of the year many people will be thinking about placing nest boxes in their garden. As David Hall points out, there are several rules to follow if you are going to be successful in attracting birds to use them.
On the weekend of 30 – 31 January it will be your chance to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. David Hall was one of half a million people who took part last year, recording a vital snapshot of nature in the UK.
Ellie Goodall looks at how bird baths, tables, feeders and nesting boxes are all important in attracting many different species into your garden.
Although we all like to encourage wildlife into the garden, creatures of a more inanimate nature can populate the landscape. Not all are native to the British Isles and Nathan James Dodd describes how your outdoor space can become quite a menagerie.
Feeding birds who stay in this country over the cold winter months benefits both your feathered visitors and your garden. Nathan James Dodd describes how to encourage these visitors with bird feeders and specialist bird food.
Stone Bird Baths make handsome features in any garden, not forgetting their primary purpose of providing water for birds to bathe in and drink. Nathan James Dodd reviews the range available to gardeners.
This is my guide on how to prepare your garden for the winter it's about to endure, I'll go over basic measures you can take to prevent any future problems from the dip in temperature.
The RHS define sustainable gardening as 'the concept of using practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources are not exhausted and without causing ecological damage'. Martyn Loach wonders how the average gardener can achieve these aims.
The State of Nature Report, described by David Farnborough as a 'stark warning', highlights the dramatic reduction in British wildlife. 60% of animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years - and one in 10 could end up disappearing.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife, there's a selection of nest boxes you can purchase, designed to attract various animals, birds and insects.
Birds, amphibians and other wildlife are good for your garden and fascinating to watch. In the winter it's not difficult to provide assistance to help them survive the cold.
After an exceptionally warm December, the weather is forecast to become much colder. Frosts and perhaps snow will threaten the survival of our garden wildlife but, as Andy Taylor discovers, it's not difficult to provide a little assistance to help birds and other animals survive the severe weather.
Certain challenges in life are easier to negotiate than others, Ellie Goodall thinks that persuading children to become interested in gardening shouldn't be too difficult and can be very rewarding.