THE JAMES GILLIES BLOG

Inside Your Wildflower Meadow

By |2019-08-04T14:55:55+00:00August 4th, 2019|Endangered Species, Environment, Fauna, Gardens, Grassland, haymaking, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers|

Wildflower Meadows for Wildlife.. Inside Your Meadow.. Meadows are wonderful, evolving entities. The first year of any meadow it has a huge array of beautiful annuals for colour, however your subsequent years are always a fantastic surprise as [...]

Creating a Wildlife Habitat – Field Margins

By |2019-05-25T19:50:51+00:00May 25th, 2019|Endangered Species, Environment, Grassland, Land Management, Wild Flowers|

All fields have boundaries, often these are the least productive parts of any field, where the cost of managing far exceeds the rewards. Field margins are, however, very important habitats for wildlife. Many key species in the UK [...]

Meadow Habitats and Biodiversity

By |2019-03-23T21:12:52+00:00March 23rd, 2019|Endangered Species, Environment, Grassland, Insects, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers|

Why Meadow Habitats are imperative for Biodiversity A meadow is a crucial habitat which could comprise over 150 different species of flower and grass that support a myriad of insects from bees and beetles to grasshoppers and butterflies, [...]

Hedgerows For Wildlife

By |2018-12-23T19:42:20+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Environment, Fencing, Land Management, Nature|

How to plant and manage hedgerows to increase biodiversity and create an effective wildlife habitat.. Hedgerows were generally planted to show ownership boundaries, provide shelter for livestock, while also being stock-proof barriers between fields. Some have older [...]

Biodiversity Offsetting- What is it, how does offsetting work and who can benefit..

By |2018-12-07T20:01:20+00:00December 7th, 2018|Endangered Species, Environment, Fauna, Grassland, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers, Woodland|

Bio Diversity Offsetting – How both land owners and nature are benefiting... Biodiversity Ofsetting.. sounds a bit scary doesn’t it?! Sounds really like something that big developers and huge government organisations do.. How could you as an [...]

Rewilding… Why we should all be aware of rewilding and its benefits

By |2018-11-19T14:18:31+00:00November 19th, 2018|Endangered Species, Environment, Land Management, Nature, Wetlands, Woodland|

Rewilding.. Nature innovation by going back to Britain's wild origins In the most basic of terms ‘rewilding’ is the practice of returning vast swathes of countryside and natural habitat to how nature intended; including the reintroduction of [...]

Seasonal Wildlife Spectacles and Where to Find Them…

By |2018-11-02T14:31:58+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Environment, Fauna, Land Management, Nature, Wetlands, Woodland|

Our region has some of the most beautiful wildlife spectacles, not just through the Spring and Summer months but even now as the nights draw in and the temperature falls; Autumn has some really fantastic sights too. We have [...]

Creating a Wildlife Habitat – Ponds and Wetlands

By |2018-10-05T12:19:21+00:00October 5th, 2018|Environment, Land Management, Nature, Wetlands|

Creating a Wildlife Habitat – Ponds – Why and How One of the best ways to create a hard-working, year-round, biodiverse habitat is by creating a wildlife pond or wetland. Wetlands and ponds provide habitat and food [...]

Dredging Ditches – Flooding help or hazard?

By |2018-09-13T18:42:12+00:00September 13th, 2018|Environment, Land Management, Nature, Rivers, Wetlands|

Current DEFRA regulations state that you can, in most cases, dredge ditches and streams that run through your land without permission or approval. Over dredging can, in fact, increase flooding and not reduce it as people have long believed. [...]