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Winter – 2015

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What a mild Autumn and unusually mild start to the Winter, gone are those frosty November mornings!

This is a good time to look out for migratory birds such as the redwing and field fare.

Please don’t forget to put water and food out for the birds, but remember to clean your bird feeders to stop spreading diseases- this must be done every time they are re-filled.

For more information on this please see link to the RSPB website: – Link –

Help the hedgehogs!

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Make your garden hedgehog friendly by:

  • Leaving 5inch gaps under fences to allow hedgehogs access to your garden, and encouraging your neighbours to do the same
  • Leave piles of loose leaves and sticks to provide hibernating and foraging habitat
  • Never using slug pellets – hedgehogs can do the job for you!
  • Never feed bread and milk to hedgehogs – if you want to provide food occasionally, meat (not fish) based cat or dog food is better
  • Check before lighting bonfires, strimming long grass or forking a compost heap to make sure you don’t disturb hedgehogs in residence

For more information on how you can help hedgehogs visit Hedgehog Street: http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/.

Summer – June 2015

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Heat wave!

With such a dry spring/summer it’s particularly important to leave water in the garden for the birds. It’s been a good start to the year for moths and butterflies.  I’m please to see my garden humming with all sorts of pollinators.  My favourite so far has been the hummingbird hawk moth- see picture

hawk moth
If you’ve seen anything you’d like to share do drop me an email: satu@satusfaction.com

Bring wildlife to your garden

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Here are some ideas for plants to grow  that encourage wildlife to enter your garden:

Sunflower (Helianthus) – A colourful flower and it provides a buffet of seeds for birds as the season changes.
Thyme (Thymus) – This lovely herb provides excellent ground cover for beetles and other inverterbrate and bees love it’s nectar.
Lavender (Lavendula) – A beautiful scent and a magnet for bees, and when it goes to seed the birds can tuck in!
Honeysuckle (Lonicera) – In the summer this climber attracts the insects such as the hummingbird hawk moth and later birds such as thrushes and warblers enjoy it’s berries.  Mice also use it to make their nests.
Ice plant (Sedum spectabile) – This plant provides a late nectar source for hoverflies, bees and butterflies.
Barberry (Berberis) – A great shelter for caterpillars and a nectar source for moths and butterflies.

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