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07 June 2020
Most of us get as much enjoyment from seeing wildlife in our garden as watching the plants we grow

This is maximum time of year for birds’ nesting and gardens have that benefit of having lots of “Edge” habitat.   An ecological concept that there is a higher diversity of life where two adjacent ecosystems overlap, whether its species from both ecosystems or transition zone specialists.

For gardens we have shrub/lawn, pond/terrace building/creeper, hedge/gravel etc and all this has the potential (if we let it) to maximise our diversity potential. Areas of short and long grass or lawn and wildflower is an increasing fashion which accelerates this further. Our house is a great example – faces North, East, West and South. Has various creepers, hedges, nestboxes, and crevices for shelter and is bordered by formal lawn, gravel, herbaceous border and terrace. And it works.

As I sit here this evening there is a nest of song thrushes in the honeysuckle, a blackbird under the bathroom window in the rose, 3 house martin nests, a blue tit, spotted flycatcher and a great tit in a bird box. So think of how many edges you have and how many you can create

Its been so dry
You can obviously see your grass going brown but you can also see it in the animal behaviour. The song thrushes are finding it hard to find worms and are actively searching for snails among the borders. The blackbirds are searching for slugs in the kitchen garden where it has recently been watered– good work team!
Listen out for the Tap tap of the song thrush as it cracks its lunch from a garden snail

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