Wildlife Gardening

Wildlife in the Garden (9) Wasps stripping off wood from my garden furniture

My garden furniture looked very unsightly with white blotches at the end of last summer. There was scarring on my wooden garden chairs by the pond even though I had used an outdoor furniture preservative in the spring to seal off and protect the wood. The damage was caused by social wasps

Wasp in action chewing off  the wood of a garden chair

Wildlife in the Garden (8) Burnet Moths- Lena Ward

I introduced Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) to my wildlife garden and it has spread in some places, particularly around the pond and between the paving stones (1).  This is the main food plant for the Six-spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae) (2) and I am very pleased to have had a small population of these handsome moths in the garden over the last few years.

Six spot burnet on Verbena bonariensis

Wildlife Gardening Week: Drop in Workshop

The Royal Horticultural Society(RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts are working together to promote wildlife gardening during Wild About Gardens Week: 25th to 31st October 2013.
Our local event in Sandford is a ‘drop-in’ wildlife gardening workshop on Weds 30th October. It will be held in the Community Hall from 1.30 – 4.30 and all ages are welcome. All activities and refreshments are FREE and there will be information and short talks on various aspects of wildlife gardening. If you are a keen gardener or a complete beginner there is something for you.

Launch of Sandford Goes Wild March 2012

Wildlife in the Garden (3) - Lena Ward

I have a rather overgrown garden pond (nearly 2 x 3 m) with mostly native pond plants, plus a small ornamental water-lily. My garden backs onto Great Ovens Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest. On a warm afternoon on 12/3/12 I saw an adult of the Raft spider, Dolomedes fimbriatus, on the paving by my pond, presumably after emergence from overwintering.

Adult Raft Spider

Results of the Wildlife Gardening Questionnaire February 2012

We are fortunate here in Sandford to live in an area where wildlife is abundant locally. There were 34 householders who responded to our questionnare about their interest in gardening for wildlife; nearly everyone was interested in looking after birds, 90% had plants with flowers liked by bees and 11% had fish-free ponds liked by dragonflies and pondskimmers. The results of the 5 species we asked you to report seeing in your garden - Frog, Sand Lizard, Glow Worm, Toad and Hedgehog are also
presented in this article by Lena Ward. Lena and the Wildlife Group and many others hope this interest in wildlife gardening will grow.

Wildlife Habitats in Sandford Gardens