My Dawn Chorus Guide

2011
(apologies for the dodgy voice-overs)

International Dawn Chorus Day is annually the first Sunday in May – it was invented in Birmingham, in 1984 at Moseley Bog LNR.

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Wildlife in December

Out of the videos I have made, these three videos are definitely some of my ‘favourites’, as I love Water Rails, Whooper Swans and enjoy feeding the birds, and playingaround in the kitchen.  ๐Ÿ˜€

We were pretty much Frozen Britain recently, certainly in the West Midlands…

Packed full of fun facts (2011):

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Wildlife in August

A lot of birds are quieting down now, but Yellowhammers ๐Ÿค are continuing to sing away!  Plus this is another great month for seeing some beautiful Butterflies! ๐Ÿฆ‹ 

(The videos below were made a few years ago)

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Wildlife in July

Summer is a great time to see Butterflies, thanks to Buddleja growing just about anywhere, you can see these beautiful creatures in urban places as well as suburban and rural.

Below are three short videos acting as a guide to the Butterflies of High Summer:

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017

Last year I did separate videos of my interviews with the at gardening celebs / presenters and garden designers.

This year I thought it would be better to edit the interviews etc of the show, into one video and that’s exactly what I’ve done in the short video below:

You can see last years videos by clicking: here!

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Wildlife in May

A few years ago I made a series of short videos which were featured on the Reader’s Digest Magazine website, entitled Wildlife Monthly.  

Each month I produced 3 videos around a minute or more, detailing flora and fauna (mainly fauna) for you to look out for; be it in your garden, local park / reserve or further afield.

Below I have included the videos from my May edition(s).

2012

2011
(apologies for the dodgy voice-overs)

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Wind-back Wednesday, to June 2016

I think ‘Wind-back Wednesday’ should be more of a trend on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and of course, WordPress.ย  It’ll be for those that cannot wait until Thursday (for Throwback Thursday)ย  #WindbackWednesday orย  #WBWย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway…ย  I realised I hadn’t updated my blog in a while and I didn’t share my completed videos of my reporting at BBC Gardener’s World back in June, all of which I have included in this post.

Owen Morgan (Gold/ Best Show Garden) from The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Adam Frost from BBC Gardener’s World:

My planting advice and Julie Haylock (Gold / Best Border Garden):

Bee Experience – Clive Joyce from British Bee Keeping Association (BBKA):ย 

My interview with Lucy Hall, Editor of BBC Gardener’s World Magazine:

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Day 16 – 30 Days Wild

Enthuse About Nature

16/06/16

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I was at the Birmingham N.E.C yesterday and today – as a member of Press – to report on BBC Gardenersโ€™ World Live (but my focus was on the wild side of it).

I interviewed a number of interesting people (the interviews haven’t all been edited together yet) and in the video below, I have taken a selection of clips from the interviews; showing gardeners – from all walks of life – enthusing about nature:

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Day 13 – 30 Days Wild

“Dance in a downpour” 

13/06/16

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To the exact day; like last year – I danced in the rain!  This time, I changed the lyrics to a popular song to accompany this particular Act of Wildness. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Day 9 – 30 Days Wild

“Wear a flower behind your ear”

09/06/16

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_09Today I helped out at Cranesbill Nursery – it’s a lovely company that sells Hardy Geraniums.ย  ‘Cranesbill’ is the common name for a Hardy Geranium, and there were plenty of Bees buzzing around them today. Many of the varieties on the nursery are in flower at the moment, and they are fantastic for creatingย  that rich micro-climate for wildlife in your garden. The plants are very diverse – they come from all over the world – so the good thing about them is that you can literally find one for every part of the garden, and because they come from a variety of climates, by mixing them up within your borders, you can ensure that you have flowers from very early in the growing year, until late Autumn, therefore providing a food source for wildlife for a very long period.ย  So naturally I put a flower behind my ear. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Me with a Himalayense behind my ear.

The nursery is located on a farm – just on the edge of South Staffordshire – where I observed Swallows, Skylarks, House Sparrows, baby Rabbits, Moths and Butterflies (as well as the Bees).

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