Frosted Ivy Leaves

Nestboxes and Ivy

To celebrate National Nestbox Week, we are talking about a fantastic book by the British Trust for Ornithology and discussing the wildlife wonder-plant that is our native Ivy. We cover some of the latest news and upcoming events too.

Here are the links to all the organisations, campaigns and events we talked about. Listen and subscribe by clicking one of the links below or play it right here:

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The Wildlife Garden Podcast | Facebook

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Ellie’s Wellies – Organic Gardening | Facebook

Front Gardens:

An increase in front garden greenery will boost wellbeing and help the environment / RHS Gardening

Front gardens: designing / RHS Gardening

10 easy plants for driveways / RHS Gardening

Front gardens: permeable paving / RHS Gardening

Greening Great Britain / RHS Gardening


Provision of High Meat Content Food and Object Play Reduce Predation of Wild Animals by Domestic Cats Felis catus: Current Biology (

Book club:

Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide | BTO – British Trust for Ornithology

Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide | NHBS Academic & Professional Books

Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide from Summerfield Books

Next month’s book:

ISBN 9781472956057

Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and Everything from Summerfield Books

Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and Everything | NHBS Good Reads

Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and Everything (The Wildlife Trusts) Kate Bradbury: Bloomsbury Wildlife


Hedera helix L. (

Hedera helix | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (

Oxford University Plants 400: Hedera helix

Historical information from Flora Britannica Flora Britannica – the definative new guide to wild flowers, plants and trees | Richard Mabey | Nature Writer, Author & Journalist

RHS Hedera: The Complete Guide – Books from the RHS Plants, shrubs & trees

Hedera helix | BSBI Species Accounts

Ivy on trees, walls and buildings:

Ivy-clad walls keep homes cool during summer, RHS research shows / RHS Gardening

Ivy on trees and as a ground cover weed / RHS Gardening

The impact of green facades and vegetative cover on the temperature and relative humidity within model buildings – ScienceDirect

Controlling ivy within domestic façade greening (

Microsoft Word – Ivy report December_verViles.docx (

Invertebrates associated with Ivy:

Swallow-tailed Moth (

UK Butterflies – Holly Blue – Celastrina argiolus

Thanks to these Twitterers for their help with ladybirds

@HWABpodcast @Coleopterist @rockwolf74 @RichardComont

Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758 | UK Beetle Recording (

Adalia bipunctata (Linnaeus, 1758) | UK Beetle Recording (

Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773) | UK Beetle Recording (

Stethorus punctillum (Weise, 1891) | UK Beetle Recording (

Scymnus interruptus (Goeze, 1777) | UK Beetle Recording (

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