Birds, insects in the botanical garden

This video from Britain says about itself:

Make your own Bug Hotel with the Horniman Museum

In the summer of 2009, the Horniman Museum and Gardens started work on a new Wildlife Garden which is now flourishing. It has been created as an outdoor classroom and an inspirational space containing lots of simple and fun ideas for attracting wildlife into green spaces. The minibeast hotel has proved the most popular feature and we have had lots of enquiries from people wanting to know how it was built.

We hope this video helps! The minibeast hotel is a one metre square structure made from old pallets and compost which we then packed with both living and non-living material to encourage bugs to visit for nectar, make their nests and spin their webs.

For more information about visiting the Wildlife Garden or taking part in any of our activities and events, visit our website

On our way to the botanical garden today: in the canal, two young coots, fed by their parents. Close to where a coot nest was last year, in an old car tire.

Further in the canal, closer to the botanical garden. A beam floats in the water. On top of it, a big red-eared slider turtle. On the same beam, a smaller, younger turtle. Was it born here? Or is the climate too unlike the southern USA for that here?

Also on the beam, an adult coot drying its feathers. A young coot climbs on the beam as well. If the young coot approaches, sometimes the young turtle withdraws its head inside its shield. Soon, its head gets out again.

In the botanical garden since last year, a lot has changed. Now that the surroundings of the astronomical observatory, which had separated in the nineteenth century, are again part of the garden, several small biotopes for threatened Red List plants are around the observatory.

One of them is for plants, adapted to zinc in the earth. Zinc is poison for many plants, but not for plants adapted to it. One of them is the zinc violet; which flowers here.

There are also many new nest boxes in the garden. A big one for tawny owls. Others for great spotted woodpeckers (which I saw today). And for great tits, blue tits, nuthatches, short-toed treecreepers, spotted flycatchers, robins, wrens.

There are also boxes for bats, and one for hedgehogs.

Finally, there are many small boxes for solitary bees. A bigger one, called “insect hotel”. And a box for butterflies.

In the garden pond today: carp, which are supposed to be there. And roach; not supposed to be there, but which keep coming back, because roach eggs get attached to ducks’ feet etc.

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