This garden blog began on BlogSpot back in November 2006 as a bandwidth friendly way to share video footage of a garden bird to a homesick friend in Australia, the robin. A juvenile robin is in the image above, this was a new sighting some years later. Blogging wasn’t something I ever saw myself doing but I embraced these garden stories for my friend. However, blog posts began growing with even more chat, videos and photos. What began as something I would do over the winter months, 3 months maybe, was changing.

My interest in what was coming into the garden grew more and more. I began sharing stories with other bloggers on new visitors to our ordinary garden and what plants were in flower. It’s been great connecting with like-minded people through blogging and in recent years, twitter. After a quiet blogging spell, May 2020 has seen this blog migrate over to WordPress with many new stories and images of wildlife to share. If you find yourself browsing blog posts before this time, note some formatting might be a bit off but I wanted to keep all garden records together for easy reference.

I feel privileged to have seen the many birds and much wildlife that have found their way to my garden. I could never have remotely imagined this back in November 2006. It’s been astonishing. Of all the things I have added to the garden over my gardenwatching years, by far, 1000%, is adding a wildlife pond for the wildlife it can support. It’s such a great place for the whole family to enjoy too. It’s somewhere where time just stands still. It feels good to let it.

Social media has shared many stories of people building ponds during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, a positive for our physical and mental health at this difficult time and a great much needed boost for our wildlife. I have loved hearing their stories. I do wish all these new ponds much wildlife and enjoyment for the families who have built them, I can’t imagine my garden without one now. I hope they find the same.

Thank-you for stopping by, enjoy your garden and wildlife encounters. Our gardens really are very special places for us to share with nature.