Daily Archives: August 14, 2013


Hedgerows are abundant with life and colour at the moment.  There is another world inside our hedgerows as  hedges and verges  provide a home and a food source for so many animals and insects. 

Walking along a country lane that has a wide uncut verge and a high hedge is, to me, much nicer than sitting in a neat tidy garden.

The flowers and grasses that grow are native and they grow year after year without us having to do anything.  Blackberries in among the hedges appear every year – a lovely food source for me and the wildlife. 

There seem to be so many different types of grass.  The different shades  merge with the different shades of the hedges and give an abundance of colour.  I pick a flower and so many small white butterflys emerge from within the canopy of the hedge that I have disturbed.  Birds sing.  Green, white, pink, purple – colour in abundance. 

The brilliant Dock Leaf is dotted here and there.  The dock leaf can stop nettle stings which is an important thing to know if you are a child  exploring outside among the trees, long grass and flowers.  There are always nettles lurking and always dock leaves to help stop the nettle sting.

It would be lovely if  these wild grasses and flowers were thought of as being the Best of British.

Time for a cup of tea now

I’m still trying to sort out how to finally send my Newsletter.  Help is as hand.


Here are instructions details of what Bev did –  


1-Surrounded the feeder pole with 2″x 4″ wi re mesh.


2- Also put the feeder pole  under and intertwined in a lot of shrubs.  Before this the hawks were powering into the shrubs  and getting the garden birds.


This 2″ x4″ size mesh means the blackbirds,thrushes and starling size birds can also escape into cover as well as the small ones .


The hawks hate it.


3-Ground feeder cages and feeder cages in general have helped a lot too and feeding the birds close to cover.


The wire mesh 2″x4″  has literally been a life saver for her garden  birds.




Hi Bev,  I really think your idea will be a life saver for garden birds. 

Bev has had major problem with sparrowhawks for a few years now –  but she has not given up and now she has found a brilllians solution.   She also says – 


FROM BEV – From our point of view I would like to pass on the following info for any one interested; so far this year (the first time for 3 years)we have NOT  had the same amount of visits and attacks from a number of hawks.


 I can honestly say its been wonderful to see the huge amount of fledglings successfully .  Why i am writing this is because last last year at this time it was a totally different story. Lots of our birds were picked off one by one by a sparrowhawk family of 4!!!I have mentioned the problems in my previous posts. 


Our hawks had no fear of me at all and it really was distressing to loose our birds daily! One time last year we had 4 adult song thrushes each one picked off by the hawks.As song thrushes are on the red list I find the RSBP attitude to hawks being protected shocking!