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About Dinchope Diary

I am a plant ecologist specialising in wildlife gardening for more than 20 years, writing books and teaching. I have created a two acre wildlife garden in South Shropshire.

The Wildlife Garden in October

The weather in South Shropshire during the first week of October was, as expected, very autumnal, with overnight rain and cool mornings, but often lovely bright, sunny afternoons.  Our local brown hares were seen several times in a nearby field … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in September

September began with some sunny spells at the start of the month but temperatures in South Shropshire were low. A few of the young mallard ducks that bred on our wildlife pond were still with us, but trying out their … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in August

The weather during the first week of August was again variable here in South Shropshire, but cold and windy seemed to be the norm! In spite of the poor weather there was plenty going on around the garden, especially in … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in July

July began with cool, cloudy weather and it was wet at times – most un-summer like!  The only thing that brightened my week was a stoat in the garden – very good views were had as it ran in and … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in June

The beginning of June was very warm and sunny in South Shropshire and swallows, swifts and martins were feeding around the house and over the garden every day.   Juvenile great tits appeared in the garden on the 3rd, just as … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in May

In the first week of May the weather in South Shropshire was warm and sunny and the whole garden looked green and vibrant.  The long borders were growing well although they were becoming overcrowded in some areas and a few … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in April

At the beginning of April the weather was a little brighter than it had been in the last week of March  and all our ‘usual’ bird species were around the garden with the exception of siskins. A heron was still … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in March

The weather was yet again very variable and unseasonal at the start of the month of March, but in general it was cold and bright here in South Shropshire which was a pleasant change after the storms of February. Trips … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in February

I spent the first part of February on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales, an area of the country I love and try to visit a couple of times every year. As you might expect in early February, the … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in January

During the first week of the new year the weather in South Shropshire was mild and dry – almost spring-like at times – with catkins lengthening on the large hazel outside my back door.  A small flock of long-tailed tits … Continue reading

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