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The Great tit is a highly gregarious and common garden bird. Related to the Blue tit, it features a prominent black crown with a characteristic black stripe down the throat and neck. With a yellow ...

Hedgehogs hibernate to bypass the cold months of the year when food becomes scarce. If the weather is warm and food is put out for them every night, some hedgehogs do not feel the need to hibernate ...

Please don't cut back ivy at this time of year - its flowers are a vital late season pit stop for pollinators! Not many native plants flower in autumn but Ivy (Hedera helix and the very similar ...

Bug life should be encouraged. Without insects and other invertebrates, there would be no birds and mammals, and many flowers would fail to pollinate, set seed or produce fruit. Bugs help to keep ...

As well as providing habitats for a host of overwintering residents, a good wildlife garden will attract flocks of birds. In fact, the harsher the weather and the less food there is in the ...

Once you have gained the basics of wildlife gardening, it’s easy to attract beautiful birds to your garden. All types of wildlife are in search of three primary things: food, water and shelter. ...

While there might be an autumnal nip in the air, there are several flowers you can sow in October for beautiful blooms. If sowing seeds directly, be sure to prepare the ground first – weed ...

Forget their fearsome reputation, and consider trying to attract bats rather than avoid them. If you garden or spend a lot of time outside, bats are quite beneficial. They eat insects and offer an ...

Protect the sleepy frogs, toads and newts hidden away in your garden this winter.Toads lie dormant over winter, emerging when temperatures exceed 5°C. 1. Let there be lightFrogs hibernate at ...

In autumn, old bumblebee colonies die and newly-mated bumblebee queens find places to hibernate. They may choose a hole in the ground, a compost heap or a spot under piles of autumn leaves. Honeybees ...
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Badgers are nocturnal and elusive, but remain one of the UK's favourite mammals.

For those that are mosquito magnets, a bat house is a must! One little brown bat can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1,000 mosquito-sized insects...

If you enjoy bird watching, then a couple of strategically placed bird feeders will allow you to view these winged beauties up close.

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A complete habitat for butterflies and mothsThe Butterfly Biome is designed to provide opportunities for feeding and roosting.

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Michaelmas Daisies - Bright colours of Aster novi-belgi and novae-angliae composed for a contrasting rich colour range of long stemmed autumnal...

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House Finch bathing by Errol Taskin, Shreveport, LA. Birds can become ill from leftover bits of seeds and hulls that have become moldy or from...

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Even a balcony or smaller garden will attract birds, and investing in a specialist feeder camera gives you a ringside seat to observe behaviour up...

It’s easy to start experimenting with cameras in places other than nestboxes.

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Phalangium opilio The harvestman is very distinctive with a round, compact body and extremely long legs.

Aphis fabae (blackfly, black bean aphid, black aphid)Macrosiphum rosae (greenfly, rose aphid) There are over 500 aphid species in the UK, and...

Lasius niger These insects are black or dark brown and nest in soil, lawns, at the base of walls or under flat stones. Ants are social insects; they live...

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(Muscardinus avellanarius) Stocky, tawny body 6-9cm; fluffy tail 7-7.5cm.

Vulpes vulpes The fox has reddish-brown fur, a white chest and a bushy, white-tipped tail, called a brush. Its nose and ears are pointed. Foxes are...