Other organisations

The magic of woodchips and earthworms in your vegetable beds I was prompted to write this article as I have so much information, experiences and photographs, just sitting on my Mac not being of use to anyone! Then I saw this Tweet and read “Agroforestry and using woodchip to improve soil health” in late October […]

Death in the organic lavender bed at Ryton Gardens The Bee Festival, part of the Blooms for Bees campaign, which I attended this weekend was, for me, a resounding success. It was great to be surrounded by people that liked and were engaged in wild bees. I had scores of people asking me questions about […]

Terrestrial Invertebrate & Native Species Working Group Conference 2016 Reaseheath College Presentation. “Is your bee hotel a reservoir for pests and disease?” Its a long slow process trying to wean people off from buying flimsy or totally unsuitable ‘bee hotels’ in the belief that they are helping bees. Sadly in many cases the exact opposite is […]

Bee Festival Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016 With all these free activities and lectures, at Ryton Organic Gardens, if you do manage to get a minute, come and meet me at my stall with my Nurturing Nature award winning bee boxes!! Activities Free talks, walks and plants Free entry to Ryton Organic Gardens […]

“Feeding Wild Birds” a talk by George Pilkington of Nurturing Nature   Sat 14th May 2016 Manchester Organic Gardeners were pleased to welcome George Pilkington again to speak to members at the May 2016 meeting. George spoke to the group last year about bumblebees which we thoroughly enjoyed. This time he spoke about “Feeding Wild Birds”, […]

Useful pollinator research and resources Want some easy to read scientific research about insect pollinators to download for future reference? I have selected the research areas solely relating to insect pollinators and given links to downloadable PDF’s, with a line brief one line description for each PDF. Enjoy! How are pests and diseases affecting bee pollinators? Wild […]

Sparrow numbers rise at garden feeders Research undertaken by the BTO has found that garden bird feeding is a driver involved in an evolutionary change in blackcaps. But what about other birds? I have been fortunate to have been involved in the Garden Bird Feeding Survey for number of years now. This is some of the research undertaken […]

Attending the Royal Entomological Insect Festival York July 15 I must say that it was one of the most well organised and engaging of the many such festivals I have attended. The organisers and volunteers were so helpful and friendly. It turned out to be the busiest Insect Festival yet, with many people attending of all ages learning about […]

Bumblebee Infogram – How do neonicotinoids affect bumblebees? When giving talks or presentations to people whom do not read academic papers for whatever reasons, then try (!)  to translate them into everyday language so that non academics can understand can be rather difficult and dare I say it boring with maths, stats and graphs!! I […]

New research to help farmland birds Why I have put a farmland birds appeal on my website. Having spent my childhood, youth and early adult days about 2 miles from Liverpool city centre, in a terraced house with a back yard, outside toilet, no bathroom and not a tree or flower in sight, the countryside was a very […]