Binoculars at the ready: Big Garden Birdwatch

Binoculars at the ready: Big Garden Birdwatch

Binoculars at the ready: the annual Big Garden Birdwatch kicks off this weekend, when gardeners and wildlife lovers get outside to paint a nationwide picture of the state of our garden birds.

The Big Garden Bird Watch

The initiative, run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, is now the world’s biggest wildlife survey. Last year more than 519,000 people counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds. Their findings have helped build up a detailed picture of how birds are coping in a fast-changing world.

There are dozens of species to look out for, all still active even in the depths of winter: as well as familiar winter residents like robins and bluetits, you might be lucky enough to spot goldfinches, blackcaps, pied wagtails or even a woodpecker.

Get your garden ready for your feathery visitors by putting bird feeders in place now. The garden centre here in Holt has a great range to choose from whether you’re looking for bird feeders, nest boxes or feeding stations, plus a wide range of high-quality and nutritious high-energy bird foods like sunflower seeds, nyjer seeds, suet balls and mealworms.

Stock Up for Your Wild Bird Garden

So stock up and settle down for a fun weekend’s birdwatching. Once you’ve finished, simply upload your results to and put your garden on the map!

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Dry and store chillies as soon as they’ve coloured up fully. By now they’ll have developed their full heat and flavour and as soon as the temperature starts to drop they’ll need harvesting before the cold weather sets in.

Plant of the Week: Rudbeckia

Prairie planting, combining tall, easy-to-manage daisies with airy, graceful grasses, is as on-trend as ever.

Planting Clematis

Plant clematis now to make the most of the warmth still lingering in the air and the soil. This means they have plenty of time to get their roots down before winter ready for a really good performance next year.

How to protect non-hardy plants?

Start moving non-hardy plants under glass now long before they can be hit by frosts. You can keep half-hardy exotic lovelies going from year to year as long as you can keep them reasonably dry over winter: the long list includes fuchsias and geraniums, plus Mexican salvias, diascias and tender herbs like lemon verbena.



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