Skipping into Spring

Last weekend I was lucky enough to see flocks of hundreds of birds (Goldfinches?) feeding on Millet seed heads in a field. It was a wondrous sight, and the chattering, melodic sound filled the air and followed me as I reluctantly walked away. Winter is the best time to enjoy lichen, before the trees areContinue reading “Skipping into Spring”

Happy Houseplants

I love having plants around me at home. They make me happy. And apparently, we all have “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.”  The is called biophilia, a term popularised by biologist Edward Wilson in 1984. There is a wonderful book all about it by Sally Coultard, which is well worth aContinue reading “Happy Houseplants”

Create a mini nature reserve.

You can attract wildlife to your garden because it’s the right thing to do (and it really is, for so many reasons). Or, like me, you can do it because it will bring numerous moments of joy and pleasure to your life. Here are some ideas from my garden over the last ten years thatContinue reading “Create a mini nature reserve.”

My Grounded Garden Bird Watch

I on a kitchen chair in front of the window. I’m excited and ready to go, with a cuppa, bird books, paper and pen beside me. I relish an hour of focusing only on the natural world for the RSPB Great Garden Bird Watch. It feels like a luxury, and every year I think IContinue reading “My Grounded Garden Bird Watch”

Small wonders don’t always happen by chance

I’ve had a medium size garden for nearly ten years now. With careful consideration (and some happy accidents!) I have ensured that we are regularly wowed by small wonders of nature. Here’s what I’ve learnt: Embrace nostalgia Plant something you remember from your childhood, or which you associate with someone you love. Every time youContinue reading “Small wonders don’t always happen by chance”