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What to feed garden birds

How to feed your garden birds

February is peak bird feeding month. Why? Because natural food reserves have been depleted through the winter and the weather isn’t yet warm enough for the nuts, fruit and berries they naturally eat to have developed. Find out what you can do to help the birds in your garden stay full and healthy now.

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The Big Garden Bird Watch

The Big Garden Bird Watch

From Saturday 25th January to Monday 27th January, the RSPB is running its annual Big Garden Bird Watch. The conservation charity wants to encourage all of us to take a moment to identify and count the birds which are visiting our gardens, local parks or nature reserves.

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How To Care For Your Nest Box

How To Care For Your Nest Box

If you get a lovely sunny weekend in November, it’s a great time to get out into the garden and clean out your nest boxes. Bird Protection Law allows us to clear nests between 1st September and 31st January only. And if you do it now, then you provide yet another habitat because new birds may use the box to roost in over winter to stay dry and warm.
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How To Choose The Right Hedgehog House For Your Garden

How To Choose The Right Hedgehog House For Your Garden

Choosing the correct wildlife home for your garden can be a daunting task. So, we’ve put together this guide on what a hedgehog house is and how to choose the right one for your garden.

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Solitary Bee Care

Solitary Bee Care Over Winter

Give your baby solitary bees the best possible start in life! Now that your solitary bee house is full of baby bee cocoons, how can you protect them over the autumn and winter to ensure they have the best chance of survival, ready for next spring?

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Ponds

Ponds

If there’s one feature you can introduce to your garden to help wildlife; it’s a pond. Almost regardless of how large a patch you have, introducing a bit of still water absolutely transforms your garden in terms of its value to living things.
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Chemical Free Gardening

Chemical Free Gardening

There are four groups of animals which can act as natural predators for the pests we often get in our garden. Encouraging these four animal groups into your garden, vegetable patch or allotment will help to control pests without having to resort to chemicals.

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Solitary Bees Begin To Emerge

Solitary Bees Begin To Emerge

The weather is warming up and spring is here. That means, if you haven’t done already, you should start to see solitary bees emerging during April and May. After which they will mate and the females will return to the hive and lay their own eggs.

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Hedgehog Care After Hibernation

Hedgehog Care After Hibernation

As winter starts to come to an end and warmer weather comes our way, we wanted to answer some of your questions about caring for hedgehogs when they emerge from hibernation. Find out more about what, when and how you can look after our spiky friends.
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Winter Bird Care

Winter Bird Care

It’s really important that we look after our garden birds and help them get the nutrition they need to see them through the cold winter spell and early spring. In particular, when there’s just not as much food around in the natural environment.

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