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Wildwatch: December highlights

Despite restrictions, our fantastic Wildwatch team have continued to collect wildlife data for us throughout the pandemic, whether out on their daily exercise or meeting up to do socially distant sessions (when allowed). This has been incredibly useful for us as it means we still have weekly records of the wide range of wildlife found […]

Posted 21 January 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brambling, Chaffinch, cup fungi, Earth Star fungus, false ladybird beetle, fern smut caterpillar, Hogweed, kingfisher, least pigmy woodlouse, red kite, Siskin, Song Thrush, Wildwatch, winter

How can I help wildlife thrive in my garden over winter?

Many of us would like to find ways to support our local wildlife, especially when the weather is cold. Here are some of our top tips. Shelter Let (some of) your garden grow wild and leave piles of leaves or long grass to provide shelter for animals and nesting spots for birds. Think about building […]

Posted 20 December 2019 | Categories: Back to Basics | Tags: bird feeders, birds, hedgehog, hedgehog homes, wildlife, wildlife gardening, winter

Spotlight on… Winter Buds

This months spotlight, written by Wildwatch volunteer, Kaye, is all about winter tree buds —proving we can identify trees without leaves and flowers!  Many people believe deciduous trees are hard to identify in winter.  Not necessarily so!  Some of our native species have very distinctive twigs and buds. Get to know these, and even without […]

Posted 7 February 2019 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Alder, Alder Catkins, ash, buds, hazel, Hazel Catkins, Horsechestnut, lime, oak, Sycamore, Wildwatch, willow, Willow Catkins, winter