Author Archives: Dinchope Diary

About Dinchope Diary

I am a plant ecologist, specialising in wildlife gardening for more than 30 years, writing books and teaching. My blog is about the two acre wildlife garden I have created in South Shropshire.

The Wildlife Garden in May

The weather was rather dull and overcast at the start of the first week of the May here in South Shropshire, but thankfully some brighter sunny weather came along. However it was all change again on the 9th – overcast, … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in April

The First Swallow The first week of April was wonderfully bright and sunny but very cold here in South Shropshire. Overnight the snow that was covering the Long Mynd, the Shropshire Hill that I can see from my office window, … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in March

March began with calmer, warmer weather than we had recently experienced, which was very welcome after the fierce storms of previous month and the weather was quite spring like on a few days at the beginning of the month!  The … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in February

More Snow on the Mynd At the start of the month the early catkins were still in flower all around us – we are fortunate to have formerly coppiced hazel woodland all around the garden and at this time of … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in January

Misty Shropshire Weather As is always the case at the beginning of a new year, the weather here in Shropshire during January was initially very cold!  However it was also very clear and dry and there was no sign of … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in December

Frosty Wild Carrot Seed Heads As we moved into December and the end of the year, the impact of the weather dominated my exposed garden. Temperatures were dropping and it was very cold at times, plus conditions were windy as … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in November

There was a decidedly coldish start to the month of November here in South Shropshire, and we experienced the first frost of the winter on the third of the month. Good numbers of redwings were seen in the vegetable garden … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in October

The first day of October was bright and sunny here in South Shropshire but there were still very few birds around the garden after our holiday in Wales. There was no sign of any siskins at all but nuthatches were … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden and Beyond…

Chough September was a rather beautiful, mild month with quite a lot of warm sunny weather here in South Shropshire.  There were several chiffchaffs here at the beginning of the first week, feeding around the garden in the warm sunny … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in August

Wall Brown The first day of August was hot and sunny here in my wildlife garden in Shropshire and the swallows that were nesting in our front porch were very active and preparing for their second brood.  The garden was … Continue reading

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