The Countryside Code

1. Respect – Protect – Enjoy Respect other people: consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available Protect the natural environment: leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home keep dogs under effective control […]

Best Tips for Wildflower Photography (click to read…)

Wildflower Photography Tips:- for non-photographers. If you don’t have a  camera or just didn’t bring it with you when you spot a wonderful wildflower, you can still take some great photos using a mobile phone camera. These wildflower photography tips will help you. Sharper images. Our eyes are always drawn to the sharpest part of […]

Why are wildflowers important? (click to read…)

Thyme - Why are wildflowers important?

WHY ARE WILDFLOWERS IMPORTANT? We find it relatively easy to feel passionate about some of the miserable experiences and conditions that humankind suffers all over the world. We get upset about many injustices and tragedies. In addition, we can feel distressed about the suffering or the threats to the survival of animals in the world. But […]

Organic gardening (click to read…)

compost

Organic gardening is easier than you might think. You can have an attractive and productive garden without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.   Make your own compost. Natural fertilizer can be made from garden waste and scraps from the kitchen. It is good to include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, tea bags, plant prunings and grass cuttings. […]

The small garden and wildlife (click to read…)

small garden and wildlife

The small garden and wildlife. If you like the idea of a wildlife garden, but only have a tiny space, here are a few ideas to help:- Small Urban Garden Consider walls where you can incorporate planting. There are many wildflowers that enjoy growing in cracks and crevices.  These include Ivy-leaved Toad-flax and Red Valerian. […]

Encourage Wild Bees (click to read…)

bee and pollen

WILD BEES such as bumblebees and solitary bees are facing rapid decline.  Although it’s good to know that a few simple steps will encourage wild bees to thrive in your garden. We are increasingly aware of the reduction in our wild bee population and realising the impact of this on many important food crops like […]

Attract butterflies to your garden (click to read…)

garlic mustard by the hedge

Wildlife gardeners love to attract butterflies to their gardens. This is is not difficult if you plant nectar-rich flowers.  For best results, leave some weeds growing in the garden in order to provide food plants for caterpillars. I always allow a large patch of garlic mustard grow by the hedge because I know it is a […]

Wildlife Gardening- first things first (click to read…)

spring-cottage

Begin by considering the structural components of your garden. The trees and hedges should be native if possible- although other species can be good for wildlife. Native trees in the U.K. include:- Alder, Ash, Aspen, Birch, Bird cherry & Wild cherry, Crab-apple, Field maple, Hazel, Holly, Juniper, Oak, Scot’s pine, Rowan, Yew, Whitebeam, Willow and […]