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Hi, It’s not just Olympic athletes that have had an opportunity to win Gold recently. As shown in the photograph below I recently had a visit from Goldfinch feeding on common knapweed seeds in my small garden meadow . Back on the reserve small Goldfinch flocks can be seen moving around...
15 Aug 2012
Top up your teasels
The importance of feeding garden birds, especially during winter, can never be underestimated. As many of you may know teasels are a fantastic source of food for one of the garden favourites, goldfinches . But what do you do when the goldfinches have teased out all the seeds from your teasels...
7 Feb 2012
Snowdrops are popping
Hi everyone, Peter's been catching some winter sun in Sri Lanka, and he's back in perfect time to blog about the snowdrops in the wildlife garden. You can see from Ben's photos that the snowdrops are coming out in the wildlife garden. Other spring bulbs will soon follow...
29 Jan 2011
Almost a riot in the wildlife garden
Hi everyone, There's more and more colour appearing in the wildlife garden. It's almost a riot. Here are some pictures from today... These aren't the Welsh daffodils that Peter was on about the other day , they're not quite in bloom yet. Next time you're at Saltholme...
4 Mar 2011
Brilliant boxes for birds
Hi everyone, Today is the last day of February half-term. We had a great day, making hand-made homes for all sorts of birds. In the end, families made over 30 boxes to take home to gardens all over the Tees Valley ... one is even making its way to Israel! Wow! We've got to say a huge...
27 Feb 2011
Bee friendly gardening
Hi, Unsure about choosing the right plants to get a garden that's brimming with bees? This year, if you look at the bulbs in the garden centres you'll see a cheerful bee logo on some packets. With the backing of gardening and wildlife organisations, the Bee Friendly logo - and some other similar...
21 Aug 2011
Looking colourful in the wildlife garden
Hi everyone, Who said February is grim? The wildlife garden is starting to bloom with snowdrops, crocuses, cyclamen, hellebores and irises. Next time you're at Saltholme, spend a few minutes nosing around the garden.
16 Feb 2011
Who's in your box?
Hi everyone, Remember when we made nestboxes at the end of February? One of the boxes in one family's garden already has new owners ... This wonderful picture of a coal tit taking some moss into the box was added to Saltholme's facebook page . Let's hope that we're kept updated...
11 Apr 2011
Be Nice to Nettles
I’m sure you are all too familiar with the sharp stinging sensation of the common nettle. But while you are frantically rubbing the afflicted area and scrambling around trying to find a dock leaf to relieve the pain, have you ever noticed how great nettles are for wildlife? This week (15...
16 May 2013
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