There are 29 species of dormouse worldwide and 3 present in the UK. But only one, the hazel or common dormouse, is a native species. The Hazel dormouse is an important indicator species, endangered and vulnerable to extinction here in Britain. So let’s find out a little more about dormice and what we can do to help them.
Of course, every creature on the planet is special (yes, even slugs!) and deserves the right to live out its life as nature intended. Hedgehogs are in decline and need our help. But lots of other wildlife is in the same situation. So why do the hedgehogs in our gardens get so much attention? Why are hedgehogs important? Here are just a few good reasons.
Did you know a group of goldfinches is called a “charm”? With its bright feathers, lovely song and entertaining antics there could hardly be a better name for these fabulous little birds. In this article, we are going to take an in-depth look at the European goldfinch: where and when to see them and how to attract them to your garden.
Birds of Prey are some of the most majestic wildlife we have here in the UK. In the late 20th century many species were driven to the brink of extinction. But fantastic conservation efforts up and down the country mean that many of our hawks, falcons, kites and owls are thriving once again. Here’s our guide to some of the species you might spot when you are out and about, or even gazing at the sky above your garden.
Hedgehogs have some strange behaviours, and along with self-anointing running in circles is high on the list. There are a few theories as to why hedgehogs run in circles, though nobody knows for sure. In this article, we take a closer look at this weird behaviour and what you should do if you see a hedgehog running in circles.
Which birds eat sunflower seeds? A better question might be which birds don’t! Sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are a real favourite for garden birds including blue tits, sparrows, dunnocks, collared doves finches and more. When it comes to choosing sunflower seeds for garden birds there are several options available. In this article, we are going to look at which to choose and how and when to offer them.
We get questions from a lot of people worried about whether their dog might attack hedgehogs in the garden. Others worry about hedgehogs hurting the dog – or passing on parasites or diseases. So will hedgehogs and dogs be safe together in the garden? Although there are exceptions, as a general rule the two should be able to safely share the same space.
Gardeners and farmers have spent decades waging war on many of our native invertebrates. Now we know that invertebrates have a vital role to play in a healthy ecosystem. They are an essential part of the food chain for hedgehogs and many birds. And without them, many of our crops and flowers simply can’t grow. […]
Summer is the time of year when you are most likely to actually see hedgehogs in your garden. Though they are nocturnal creatures, nights are so short in the summer months and hedgehogs have so much to do, that it’s not unusual to spot a healthy hedgehog out and about in the daylight. In this article, we are going to look at how to help hedgehogs in summer, what they might be doing and what challenges they face at this time of year.
Starlings are supremely gregarious and sociable birds who spend much of the year living in large flocks. If one of these flocks descends on your bird feeders or decides to roost in your garden you might be looking for ways to move them along. But in the UK starling numbers have fallen by up to 80% since the 1980s. They are red-listed for conservation purposes and legally protected. So should you learn to love starlings? And what steps can you legally take to deter them?