Welcome to GB Wildlife

Our site is dedicated to the fabulous wildlife of the British Isles and we hope to provide lots of information for anyone wanting to learn more about wildlife in their local area and further afield.  We have written a month by month guide of some of the monthly wildlife highlights that you can enjoy and have also started a wildlife articles section to help you learn to see more wildlife and perhaps have a go at photographing it too.  We’re also in the process of writing reviews of products we’ve tried that we’ve found useful with a particular passion for getting kids into wildlife.  Our son (now a teenager) provided us with plenty of ‘feedback’ on what he liked and didn’t like over the years plus plenty of practise at trying to keep him at least somewhat warm and dry – check out the wildlife review section for more information.

We hope you’ll find some useful information on the site and we’ll endeavour to keep adding new content.  We do use Amazon links on many pages as that’s a way of us making a small commission when you click through to Amazon from our site and make a purchase.  This helps contribute towards the site running costs and your support in this is much appreciated.

N.B. much of our content was on an old site, we are planning on manually transferring this over but if you are interested in contributing please get in touch to discuss.  We are particularly keen on increasing our Wildlife Articles and adding a lot more ‘How-to’ style articles.

 

Wildlife to see in September – Brambles

Wildlife to see in September – Brambles

Wildlife to See in September : Brambles (Rubus fruiticosa) I have long believed the humble bramble to be one of Britain’s most under-appreciated plant species. People complain of its ability to take over a garden, sending thorny shoots out across prized rose bushes...

Wildlife to see in September – Squirrels

Wildlife to see in September – Squirrels

Wildlife to See in September : Squirrels As September begins we are seeing many changes to our native, non native and migratory species of wildlife. Many of our visitors are now leaving for sunnier climes and at the same time many that are staying are beginning to...

Wildlife to see in September – Dormouse

Wildlife to see in September – Dormouse

Wildlife to See in September : Dormouse For the last hundred years the Yorkshire Dales has been missing a creature that was once a key indicator of the health of its ancient woodlands. The warm hazel thickets of Wensleydale, Wharfedale and the hazel coppices of...

RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening

RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening

Overview The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening by Chris Baines is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive book giving a very broad coverage of wildlife in and around our gardens. The book opens by explaining the ever increasing importance of our gardens for...

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Photograph Brown Hares

Photograph Brown Hares

The Brown Hare – I’ve spent quite some considerable time watching and photographing these wonderful creatures…

Create a cosy home for bugs

Create a cosy home for bugs

Snug as a Bug is a national campaign run by Buglife to get hundreds of people creating cosy homes for bugs!

Help Honey Bees Survive

Help Honey Bees Survive

Honey bees across the world are threatened by virulent viruses transferred by the varroa mite.

See more of your garden moths

See more of your garden moths

There are over 2000 species of moths in Britain, many quite spectacular but we seldom see any, here’s how to get started.

Wildlife Gardening in August

Wildlife Gardening in August

Christmas Present Ideas for Wildlife Enthusiast – So what will Father Christmas be bring your friends this Xmas? I know what I want! Bees. I had a brief, and painful…

Wildlife Gardening in July

Wildlife Gardening in July

Spring begins to merge into Summer – As the freshness and lime green of the UK spring merges into July so the sound of wildlife changes. Here the dawn chorus is …

Wildlife Gardening in June

Wildlife Gardening in June

Orchids and Photovoltaic Systems – The cold winter and spring has indeed influenced the wildlife. Plants were still flowering later than I might have predicted for…

Wildlife Gardening in May

Wildlife Gardening in May

Wild Orchids – When the calendar shows ‘May’ wildlife enthusiasts think ‘orchids’. Certainly some will flower before this date but now is the main time to start searching.

Wildlife Gardening in April

Wildlife Gardening in April

Yucky UK Wildlife – The recent flash floods in northern Kenya, that have caused chaos in the Samburu National Park remind me of one of the possible positive …

Wildlife Gardening in March

Wildlife Gardening in March

The Importance of Wildlife Gardens – Wildlife in the UK must have been so different before human numbers started to build up in the Bronze Age.

Wildlife Gardening in February

Wildlife Gardening in February

An Insight into the less-fashionable plants – I’m as bad as the next person: I just do not see the less-fashionable plants. Be honest when was the last time you…

Wildlife Gardening in January

Wildlife Gardening in January

You know how it happens. Something, perhaps quite trite, just ‘gets to you’. It nags away at the very seat of one’s soul and whenever one’s guard drops…

Wildlife Gardening in December

Wildlife Gardening in December

Well another series of Autumn Watch has been and gone – and what a delight it has been yet again. We are so fortunate in that the BBC has such an effective …

Wildlife Gardening in October

Wildlife Gardening in October

Controlling the Growth of Grasses – Yellow rattle, Rhinanthus minor, is a meadow plant that everyone should know. Not that it is overly showy…

Wildlife Gardening in September

Wildlife Gardening in September

Life and Death in the Countryside. I’m sure you’ll all have similar stories to these but they reflect all our interest, and concern, in wildlife and green issues in general…

Wildlife Gardening in August

Wildlife Gardening in August

A flash of orangey-bronzy-brown was all that was needed to awake me from my quiet contemplation, and for my semi-comatose brain to register that high summer was indeed here.

Wildlife Blogs – Spring Fox Cubs

Wildlife Blogs – Spring Fox Cubs

Personally, no matter how many times I have caught a glimpse of a fox, I am always enthralled by their presence. Be it watching adult foxes in my garden or cubs…

Wildlife Blogs – Argaty Farm Red Kites

Wildlife Blogs – Argaty Farm Red Kites

Few birds rival the red kite for beauty and natural grace. Famed for its rusty-red forked tail, long elegant six foot wingspan and agile flight, the kite is wonderfully…

Wildlife Blogs – Basking Shark Survey

Wildlife Blogs – Basking Shark Survey

This report into basking sharks around the coast of Britain is courtesy of the Wildlife Trusts and illustrates the excellent research work they do in conjunction with many other wildlife…

Wildlife Blogs – Wild Food Foraging

Wildlife Blogs – Wild Food Foraging

My life changed after I started foraging for wild food seriously; shopping for groceries used to be a chore. Now it’s like I have a wild, exotic food market on my doorstep…

Eco-Living – I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Eco-Living – I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

The season of festive frolics is almost upon us so I though I’d take this opportunity to write about how to have a gorgeous green Christmas. Going green at this time of year doesn’t mean going without presents or depriving your family of luxurious food.

Eco-Living – Green Kitchen

Eco-Living – Green Kitchen

The kitchen is at the heart of family life, where all the meals are prepared and where everyone gathers at the beginning and end of the day. This room is also where the majority of the household’s waste is created and a large amount…

Eco-Living – Eco Friendly Camping

Eco-Living – Eco Friendly Camping

Nearly 6% of Britons holidaying in the UK in 2005 stayed in a tent and 18% of families have been camping in the last three years according to a recent report. I love camping and have a few tips for having fun and reducing your carbon footprint.