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At last, butterflies
In his last blog, September Predictions, Adam was expecting Red Admiral butterflies in the Wildlife Garden. Today the sun shone and the butterflies were out, but the best view of them was on the Buddleia by the entrance to the Visitor Centre. This bush is great for providing nectar in late summer...
4 Sep 2012
Half-term wild guiding!
We have the Jubilee celebrations this weekend with the half-term week following, so I'd like to take the opportunity to tell families what activities and events we have prepared here at Saltholme! The discovery zone is bursting into life thanks to the glorious weather we have all been enjoying...
29 May 2012
Spring sun at last
Hi, A few days of sun and what a difference - now the grass needs cutting. This is for practical reasons in the playground and car park, but even here we leave the grass long enough to let the wild flowers grow and these will provide nectar for the bees. This year has seen a lot of interest on TV...
24 May 2012
We want to see more butterflies
Hi, But it is not going to be that simple, or quick. As you can see we have started clearing weeds from an area between the Visitor Centre and the Wildlife Garden where you will find this sign. Then we are going to plant nectar rich wild flowers, many of which we have on the reserve but some...
27 Sep 2011
Basking in September sunshine
Hi, We all like the sunshine, and in the Wildlife Garden the butterflies are making the most of it. They really like the Sedum flowers which we grow for the bright colour - it will still look good with the Autumn leaves - but for them it is just a food stop, a very good food stop. And basking...
21 Sep 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
One man went to mow ...
Hi everyone, If mowing the lawn is a nightmare, spare a thought for Dan (and our other volunteers). They've been spending hours mowing the new meadow path at Saltholme. New meadow path? If you've not been down the 'short cut' yet, then what's kept you? The new path runs...
5 Jul 2011
Hi everyone, Just spotted this picture of a beautiful peacock butterfly on Saltholme's facebook page . It was taken by Louise Gibbon. I keep saying it, but I'll say it again ... now is a wonderful time for butterflies at Saltholme. But be quick - once they've laid their eggs, they'll...
12 May 2011
Nothing to do with kettles
Hi everyone, That's copper kettles, by the way. On Saturday morning, I was wowed by my favourite butterfly - the small copper. This is the first one that I've seen this year at Saltholme. I took this very grainy photo on my phone. The spell of warm weather has been brilliant for butterflies...
9 May 2011
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