Caring For Wildlife During Winter

Wildlife

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.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

Nectar Rich Late Flowering Plants That Attract Pollinators

Nesting Boxes

Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 15th of September, 2016.

How To Attract Birds With Garden Nest Boxes

Butterflies

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.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 3rd of March, 2016.

Take Part In The Big Garden Birdwatch

Conservation

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.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of January, 2016.

How to Attract Wild Birds to Your Garden

Hedgehogs

Ellie Goodall looks at how bird baths, tables, feeders and nesting boxes are all important in attracting many different species into your garden.

Author: Ellie Goodall

Written by Ellie Goodall.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of January, 2016.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

Birds

With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 9th of July, 2015.

Populating Your Garden With Animal Ornaments And Statuary

BBQ

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 24th of June, 2015.

Attracting Butterflies With Buddleia

Bats

Of the many pleasures found in gardening, none is probably greater than encouraging wildlife. Interesting to observe and vital for pollination, insects can be fascinating and, in the case of the butterfly, beautiful visitors. As Nathan James Dodd explains, one plant - the Buddleia - is superb at attracting these wonderful creatures.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 29th of May, 2015.

Feeding Garden Birds This Winter

Flowers

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 4th of November, 2014.

Stone Bird Baths Reviewed

Birds

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 16th of October, 2014.

What Does Sustainable Gardening Mean?

Bird Feeder

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.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 1st of January, 1970.

What Do Hedgehogs Eat In Your Garden?

Compost

Do you love hedgehogs? Gardeners are supposed to love hedgehogs because they voraciously eat large quantities of slugs and snails. However recent research indicates that this might not be the case.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 24th of January, 2014.

How to Encourage Hedgehogs to Your Garden

Winter Plants

Hedgehogs are such beautiful creatures and always welcome visitors, interesting to observe and useful predators of garden pests, David Coton describes how you can attract them into your garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 9th of January, 2014.

How to convert your lawn into a wild flower meadow

Hedgehogs

A while ago Nathan James Dodd saw a quote in 'Plantlife', an organization fighting hard to protect our wild flowers and plants: 'our meadows and grasslands are as much part of our heritage as the works of Shakespeare'.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 3rd of June, 2013.

Attract Wildlife Into Your Garden

Conservation

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.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 22nd of May, 2013.

Our Handy Guide About Wildlife Nesting Boxes

Birds

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 25th of February, 2013.

How To Deter Foxes In Your Garden

Hedgehogs

Can you discourage foxes from your house and garden? Nathan James Dodd provides advice and guidance on how to keep foxes in their natural habitat rather than your home.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 11th of February, 2013.

Winter Wildlife in Your Garden

Environment

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.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 4th of January, 2013.

Using Water Butts To Conserve Autumn Rainfall

January

You might think that Britain is drenched by a deluge of water throughout the year, but regular hose pipe bans prove otherwise. That's why we need to conserve the rainfall that we receive and Nathan James Dodd thinks the best way of achieving this is to use a water butt.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 14th of October, 2015.

Pyracantha A Plant For All Seasons

water

As we enter late autumn and into winter there's not too much colour left in the garden but there is one plant (the Pyracantha) that is a particular favourite of Nathan James Dodd, whose red, yellow or orange berries stand out from the monochrome garden landscape.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 27th of October, 2014.

Bat Boxes For Your Garden

Bees

Bats don't get the best press, Martyn Loach thinks that's probably because they're not cuddly, only come out at night and have an undeserved reputation for getting tangled in your hair. But they're fascinating mammals that reflect a healthy environment and in the UK face various threats to their habitat.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 17th of September, 2014.

Timber And Aluminium Greenhouses FAQs

Bats

Many of our customers are confused as to the relative merits of timber and aluminium framed greenhouses, here Nathan James Dodd answers some of your frequently asked questions.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

How To Make Compost

Garden Rescue

Martyn Loach says that a compost heap, or preferably two, is an essential part of every garden, replicating nature by returning nutrients to the soil.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 1st of September, 2014.

How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

Conservation

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.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 23rd of January, 2014.

What is Guerrilla Gardening All About?

Winter Gardening

Guerrilla Gardening is about brightening up the environment and transforming neglected areas. Nathan James Dodd has been discovering how people take it upon themselves to plant flowers and tend shrubs in the most unlikely environments.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

Foraging For Fungi

Guerrilla Gardening

Foraging has now become so popular that a national newspaper publishes a column on the subject. Martyn Loach says this isn't surprising as foraging for mushrooms is free and your harvest can be extremely tasty.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.