Wildlife reports 2019
thanks to Gill Massey

January 2019
 “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”  Recent mild weather has allowed the first celandine flowers to appear, daisies are making a brave show on lawns, white dead nettle and dandelions are flowering, and cow parsley and goosegrass are putting forth new leaves. Sparrows are chattering and the robin is singing no doubt to establish nesting territory.  Don’t be fooled. There will be more bad weather to come, a “Beast from the East” or something similar. Plants will be checked but not killed. Other creatures need winter shelter. In the orchard we have built a bug hotel by stacking up old pallets and packing the spaces in between with dried grass, leaves and straw, fir cones, hollow stems and small stones, to provide insulated crevices for a variety of critters to overwinter. We have also created a hibernaculum, a shelter to allow other ground dwellers to have a space for hibernation or semi hibernation. An easier way of doing this is to have a log pile in a sheltered, quiet corner, which we have also done. Any fairly large prunings are stacked up, not too neatly, with other smaller branches and twigs tucked in between. Again this allows space for creatures to find shelter from the worst of winter weather. Keeping the bottom of hedges uncleared of vegetation also helps as does leaving seed heads on all manner of plants.  We all like to hunker down on cold days and wildlife needs sheltered, undisturbed spaces to see it through to spring whatever the weather. So leave a few “untidy” corners in your garden so you can see some old friends return with warmer days.
facebook button black grey copy twitter icon big green apple copy A community-led project