I've been talking with my nature friendly neighbour next door about hedgehogs. She's been very lucky to have them in her garden this year and has been feeding them.
This next photo is an alert for all of you with netting in your garden. This poor little fella was completely snared and happily my neighbour was able to cut it free. Our recycling bins have these nets, so now I always tuck them into the boxes.
I have alerted the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, my local council and the RSPB and as my neighbour got this good quality picture the BHPS are going to use it in their alert.
I managed to catch a few butterflies and bees with the camera this afternoon.
Hope you can see the butterflies tongue just curling under in this image
This bee is tucked inside the flower-the whole plant has been full of bees today
Deciding that I need to do more for the poor hedgehogs whose numbers are fast reducing (a 95% reduction since the 1970s) I made a hedgehog hibernation box. Also built a couple of wooden arches so that they can travel between our gardens. 15cm square in size is perfect for openings and holes.
I found the old wine box in the garage when we moved, but as it has woodworm, I could not bring it into the house, so this is a perfect use for it. My next job is to speak with my garden neighbours as we share the boundaries and could in theory connect our gardens up...I hope they say yes.
This is a lovely website, Hedgehog Street http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/tracks-and-signs.html
And a great video on how to help hedgehogs in your garden http://www.wildlifegardenproject.com/videos/how-to-videos/174-how-to-help-hedgehogs-in-your-garden
Here are a few flowers in the garden looking lovely even in late September. The temperature was a wonderful 24 degrees today. I'm still watering pots and my new tree. Autumn does not feel like it's arrived in Brixham yet.
A very large clematis providing nectar for the last bees about
The passion flower fruit...never had so many
Still got the slow worms
My crab apple, not many fruit this summer
Whatever the weather, hope you have a good weekend