THE JAMES GILLIES BLOG

Droughts, Ponds, Top Ups and Tap Water – the Dos and Don’ts

By | 2018-07-19T12:09:46+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Environment, Fencing, Gardens, Grassland, Land Management, Nature, Wetlands, Wild Flowers|

If your pond is drying out it can look like a disaster for wildlife. But fear not… In the wild, drought in natural ponds is not nearly bad as it seems. According to the Freshwater Habitats Trust approximately 40% [...]

100 Meadows – The Dream and The Drive

By | 2018-05-18T20:35:40+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Environment, Grassland, Insects, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers|

At the beginning of 2018 we started the 100 Meadows Initiative… basically in 2018 we wanted to create 100 (or hopefully more!) meadows to help reverse the decline in wildflower habitats. The decline in wildflower meadows over the last [...]

Weed or Wildflowers

By | 2018-05-18T19:33:24+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Environment, Equestrianism, Fauna, Gardens, Grassland, haymaking, Insects, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers, Woodland|

Weed or Wildflowers We use the term “weed” quite freely but what it really is, is just the wrong plant, in wrong place, at the wrong time. One persons weed is another person’s favourite wild flower and weeding [...]

State of Nature in Oxfordshire Report

By | 2018-03-21T11:13:48+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Environment, Grassland, Land Management, Nature, Uncategorized, Wild Flowers, Woodland|

State of Nature In Oxfordshire 2017 Report  In 2013 the first State of Nature report was published which detailed the changes nationally in nature since 1960’s. The findings of the 2013 report detailed some shocking and [...]

Creating a Wildlife Haven – Woodlands

By | 2018-01-05T15:39:02+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Environment, Fauna, Grassland, Insects, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers, Woodland|

Creating A Wildlife Haven - Woodlands   I think we can all probably agree that woodlands are havens for wildlife, from the smallest insects to birds and mammals, creating a woodland is a fantastic way to help the [...]

Wild Flower Meadows – Why It’s Important to Cut and Clear

By | 2017-08-09T10:51:12+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Environment, Grassland, haymaking, Insects, Land Management, Wild Flowers|

Wild Flower Meadows -  Why It’s Important to Cut and Clear  Wildflower meadows are a stunning feature of your land and one which helps wildlife to prosper. But meadows require maintenance in order to remain at their best. [...]

The Problem with Poo – Should You Poo-Pick Your Field?

By | 2017-06-16T08:31:22+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Environment, Equestrianism, Fencing, Grassland, Insects, Land Management|

The Problem With Poo If you are an equestrian, poo-picking your paddock is probably not a task that you relish. It’s hard work and unpleasant but are you wasting your valuable time? Is clearing your paddock essential [...]

Amenity Grassland and Wildlife Habitat Creation

By | 2017-06-06T15:21:34+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Environment, Fauna, Grassland, Insects, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers|

Amenity Grassland and Wildlife Habitats Our nation’s wildlife is often restricted to semi-natural habitats. It can be difficult for many species to prosper when these sites are isolated and the connections between them, which act as wildlife [...]

Nature’s Amazing and Beautiful Mimics

By | 2017-06-06T15:22:22+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Endangered Species, Environment, Fauna, Gardens, Insects, Land Management, Nature, Wild Flowers|

Nature's Amazing and Beautiful Mimics  Is it a wasp? Is it a bee? Actually, it might be a hoverfly! The humble Hoverfly’s only defence against predators is it impressive speed. So, several species have evolved to resemble [...]

What Estate Agents Will Never Tell You!

By | 2017-06-01T23:25:02+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Deer Management, Fencing, Grassland, haymaking, Land Management, Uncategorized, Woodland|

What Estate Agents Will Never Tell You You may have spent much of your life dreaming about owning your own estate. Perhaps your children growing up so quickly has made you realise that country living would be [...]