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Hedge-Blog: Looking for love...

Alex Firman: Well, our hedgehog is certainly out of hibernation now thanks to the warm (and sometimes wet) June weather, although sadly I don’t have the photos to prove it - apparently our little hedgehog is a wee bit camera shy. Although hibernation is long past, I will still be putting out food and water for our hedgehog who will be low on energy after their long sleep. I’m sure anything that makes foraging that bit easier will be appreciated.

27 June 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 5

Hedge-Blog: Help hedgehogs get a quiet night

Alex Firman: The other day I asked a few friends to name three animals they'd see in their gardens; four out of five of them included the hedgehog in the list. The wee beastie is one of the most well-known animals to trot through gardens in their nocturnal hunt for food, being a source of fascination for small children and constant frustration to dogs (if mine are anything to go by).

27 March 2014 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 5

You are saving our wild bees - the unsung heroes of our countryside

Louise Payton: It has been all over the news - the dramatic decline in our bees. The most attention has been centred on our honeybees, and they are indeed faring badly with a third of bee colonies lost by British beekeepers last winter (2012/2013). But our wild bees are in deep trouble too.

05 March 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 5

You are helping to save the colour in our countryside

Louise Payton: Our countryside has changed colour in the past century. Now mostly green or perhaps yellow with rapeseed (and more recently brown with flood water), it used to be a profusion of reds, blues, whites, yellows and purples when wildflowers bloomed in all their splendour. Agricultural intensification has been the reason for this change in palette - 97% of our wildflower meadows have been converted, weed-killers have obliterated the huge variety of wild plants (weeds) that insects and farmland birds depend on, and mixed cropping (used to control insect pests and break-up disease cycles), have been replaced with inorganic fertilisers and repetitive monocultures.

21 February 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 7

You are helping to save our skylarks

Louise Payton: Skylarks are an iconic British species - they are the very voice of British Spring and their song was once commonplace in our countryside. During the World War I they were one of the most powerful symbols of hope for British Soldiers, as they soared and sung above the trenches, reminding troops so clearly of home. But we face losing our iconic species - in recent decades with the advent of intensive farming systems, we have seen the decline of skylarks in their millions.

14 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Love nature this Valentine's Day

Kathie Auton: ‘I love birds’, says Alex, looking out at the two fat pigeons eating crusts off our lawn. He’s six and has been ‘doing’ birds at school. ‘Aren’t they LOVELY’, he says about the Blue Tits that are showing signs of moving into our nesting box. I think it’s safe to say that kids love nature. They are fascinated by bugs and birds, enchanted by squirrels and I think if we ever saw a hedgehog there would probably be tears of joy. The sad thing is, we haven’t got that much chance of seeing a hedgehog. In part because we live in a city, but also because the hedgehog population is in decline.

11 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Wildlife watch at Eastbrook Farm

Lisa Jones: In November, I was at Helen Browning’s lovely cosy pub, the Royal Oak in Bishopstone, to hear about a project a wildlife photographer has been working on around Eastbrook Organic Farm. For several months, Elliot Neep has been coming to the farm to photograph the wildlife and the results are stunning. Elliot took us through a selection of his photos sharing some of the stories behind the shots.

19 December 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 1

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