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Big Butterfly Count 24th July – 1st August 2010

| July 19, 2010

Sarah, one of the farmingfriend’s forum members has emailed through some info about the Big Butterfly Count taking place from 24th July to 1st August 2010. Butterflies are disappearing and are in serious decline, they are both beautiful and vital to the health of our environment. So be part of the big butterfly count from [...]

National Insect Week – June 2010

| August 28, 2009

Do you like insects? Do you like finding them, identifying them or photographing them? Well if you do you’ll be interested to hear about the National Insect Week. National Insect Week consists of a series of Nationwide events to promote education and awareness of UK insect species and their conservation. The week will take place [...]

Damselfly Identification

| July 11, 2009

On a recent walk last week along the Beck which runs at the bottom of one of our fields, Stephen and I went for a walk. We took some photos of the wildflowers growing along the beck side as well as the butterflies that we could see and the beautiful beck glimmering in the sunlight. [...]

What Do Garden Snails Eat?

| December 13, 2008

Garden snails are herbivores and eat plants. They will eat the leaves of many plants and vegetables. It will also eat rotting fruit, lichen and algae as well as fruit, vegetables, herbs and arable crops. Snails particularly like lettuce, cucumber and herb leaves which are freshly picked. They will feed on carrots and apples. The [...]

Can Snails Change Their Shells?

| March 14, 2008

I received a comment that led me to research whether snails can change their shells. Van & Lilo commented, “We found a garden snail and brought it home to keep it safe, even though the shell is broken, none of its body is at sight and hes still alive and well. My daughter named it [...]

Snails In The Kitchen Garden

| February 19, 2008

Snails are often found in the kitchen garden. Cynthia asked, “Should I get rid of the snails in my kitchen garden? Do they do damage?” Unfortunately the garden snail is seen as a pest by many gardeners and vegetable growers since the snail predominantly eats leaf and plant materials. So yes the snails will damage [...]

Snail Control In The Garden

| October 17, 2007

The garden snail is seen as a pest by many gardeners and vegetable growers since the snail predominantly eats leaf and plant materials. Garden snails will damage both the garden plants and the fruit and vegetable crops. It would be impossible for the gardener to eradicate the snail from the garden completely and some might [...]

Butterflies Seen In July And August

| August 31, 2007

Butterflies seen in July and August on and around my farm are; Peacock Butterfly Comma Butterfly Wall Brown Red Admiral Cabbage White Small Tortoiseshell Speckled Wood     Butterflies Farm WildlifeButterflies, Farm Wildlife

Where Do Butterflies Go When It Rains?

| August 10, 2007

Where Do Butterflies Go When it Rains? When it rains butterflies roost; In garden buildings. On or in tree trunks. On the underside of leaves. Under dense leaves. In crevices in walls. In crevices in between rocks. Under the overhang of houses. Hanging on bushes and shrubs. Under rocks. In garages. These are the same [...]

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

| August 7, 2007

Latin Name: Aglais urticae Description:  The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is bright orange with a black border and blue spots around the edge of the wings. The forewing has 3 rectangular black patches and the hindwings have black on them aswell. The underside of the wings are a black and brown colouring with a row of faint [...]