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Make your own Bee and Bug Home

This is a great project for you and the children in the summer holidays. A bug home or bee nest is a great way to introduce children to the delights of watching wildlife and will help attract them away from their ipads and smart phones too!!! Pack a selection of plant stems (like teasels, lupins, elder, sweet cicely etc) into a suitable container. A tin can will work (look out for the sharp edges) or nail three small planks of wood into a triangle shape. It's important that there is a back to whatever you use - as the bugs will need the plant stems at the back to be sealed.

 

Attach your bug box to a south facing wall or a tree trunk in direct sunlight at about chest height. It will likely be a short time before mason bees and leaf cutter bees start to make their home in the tubes, laying their eggs and taking pollen into the chambers for the larvae to feed upon. In the winter your box will make a protective habitat for all sorts of invertebrates to shelter in.

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Encouraging Butterflies into your garden

  Adult butterflies feed on nectar that they will take from a wide variety of wild and garden flowers, particularly those growing in warm sheltered places. Butterflies can be encouraged to visit gardens by growing flowers they particularly love from March until the end of October. There are 59 butterfly species resident in Britain, plus up to 30 others that come pop by occasionally.   The species most likely to be seen in gardens are Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone, Painted Lady, Comma, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Cabbage White and Large Cabbage White. Only the last two are potential garden...

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Happy Recycle Week 2021 - we've got some top tips for doing your bit (and saving money)!

Recycle Week is Recycle Now’s flagship annual event which is a celebration of recycling across the nation. Now in its 18th year, it’s the one week of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.   Find more info on the Wrap Website https://wrap.org.uk/taking-action/citizen-behaviour-change/recycle-now/recycle-week Here are our top tips for reducing waste in your household https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/blogs/blog/how-to-reduce-waste-in-your-household During the Covid 19 pandemic, we have had a lot of questions about how best to deal with kitchen waste, and...

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Unboxing And Setting Up The Subpod Wormery by Simon Sherlock

Here's an excerpt from Simon's blog about unpackaging and getting his Subpod Wormery up and running - read the full post here https://blog.sherlock.co.uk/2021/05/unboxing-and-setting-up-subpod-wormery.html Previous wormeries, such as their Urbalive (stylish enough to be used inside) system, are tray based and can be positioned anywhere. However, the Subpod changes all that, as it is buried in the ground.  This means there is no need to worry about excess leachate/worm tea when it rains, or escaping worms - the leachate will feed the ground around it and the worms will come and go as they please through the holes in the sides (designed for free movement of both...

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