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 Naturing Nature attending the Bee Weekend RHS Harlow Carr 3-4 June 2017 “I contacted George about supporting our Bee weekend at RHS garden Harlow Carr. I was keen to have a wild bee element to the weekend as well as honey bees and bee keeping. George was not only informative and entertaining, he was a great […]

Summer Festival Daylesford Organic Farm The Daylesford Summer Festival has fast become a highlight of our year. A day that sees our COTSWOLDS FARM come to life with stalls, workshops, debates, crafts, dog show, sheep dog demonstrations, singing, dancing and of course an array of delicious food – it is not to be missed. Each […]

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 […]