Nature and wildlife

March 3, 2021

What was going on in the garden a year ago this week? March 1st  2020 Spring is well under way and warm weather predicted for much of the month. The sparrows are in their mating colours. The plumage of the house sparrow is mostly shades of grey brown,  giving them good camouflage as a prime prey

February 25, 2021

Winter is passing; how was it for the garden wildlife? Winter is all about survival for resident and visiting garden species; reproduction is on the back burner – but not for long. It’s all about finding enough to eat and trying not to get eaten. It’s been a somewhat mild and wet winter here on

February 22, 2021

recording of a nightingale singing, recorded by the author:   Why does birdsong sound so beautiful to us? Everyone loves to listen to birdsong, but have you ever wondered why? To other birds, birdsong doesn’t sound beautiful – it’s full of either self-advertisement – “Look at me, I would be a fantastic mate for you”

December 31, 2020

How to Create an Amazing Urban Wildlife Garden – what we’ve learned in 15 years Gerry Thompson In 2002 we moved our family home from Brighton UK to a nearby town. The reason? – we didn’t have a garden. Our new home had two gardens, neither very large. The rear would be the domain of