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 January

The beginning of the new year was very cold here in South Shropshire and snowy but intermittently bright weather persisted for the whole of the first week.  The local female sparrowhawk, now a very regular visitor, was seen daily, either … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in December

The first week of December was bright and quite cold in South Shropshire with a very heavy frost on the first of the month.  There were still plenty of goldfinches feeding around the garden and a single male house sparrow … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Garden in November

November started with quite windy and wet weather at times with successive storms coming through Shropshire from the west. However actual temperatures were quite mild even if the wind seemed to be freezing cold at times!  It was a very … Continue reading

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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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