Wildlife Gardening with Paul Peace

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Wakey wakey time for plants and animals in the wildlife garden

An awakening has begun in the plant and animal world. The first bulb flowers create a mass of colour this month. Snowdrops, winter aconites and crocuses are brightening up Sheffield's gardens - and they have been for a while due to the unseasonal weather.

Along with hazel catkins, they will provide early nectar and pollen for insects that have the courage to emerge at this time of year. Non-native plants, such as Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) and the wonderfully scented Bodnant Viburnum (Viburnum bodnantense), will also contribute to the increasing number of late winter pit stops for insects.

Some ladybird species are beginning to emerge now and brimstone and comma butterflies may be seen soon. Newts will also come out of hibernation this month or next.

The mating season is beginning for a number of wild animals, including badgers, mice, rabbits and frogs. Meanwhile, bullfinches come to nibble the flower buds of fruit trees, especially cherries.

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