Garden gnomes - dividing opinion since 1847

Garden gnomes - dividing opinion since 1847

Garden gnomes - love them or loathe them. How did they become such a (often derided) feature of British gardens?

Ivy - much maligned but vital for nature

Ivy - much maligned but vital for nature

Ivy is a common evergreen climbing plant, mistakenly thought to strangle trees. It is now better understood as a great benefit to wildlife - supporting at least 50 species of wildlife. There are two subspecies of ivy native to the UK.

Winter bird visitors head for the wetlands

Winter bird visitors head for the wetlands

As autumn is arriving, it can feel like the natural world is pausing in preparation for winter. The fair-weather birds that have come to Britain for the summer have all set off south, leaving the native species relatively silent as they hunker down. But there are newcomers on the way - particularly geese, ducks and similar species heading for suitable lakes, reservoirs and estuaries.

The Wild Hunt - ghost riders in the sky

The Wild Hunt - ghost riders in the sky

Throughout Northern Europe, tales were told of ghostly dogs or spirits on horseback riding through the night skies – hunting down the living to join their ranks in the Underworld.

Malvern Hills - romantic retreat and spring water source

Malvern Hills - romantic retreat and spring water source

The Malvern Hills in Worcestershire and Herefordshire (and a small area of Gloucestershire) are a range of pleasing low hills known for their soft beauty and as a source of spring water.

Heath Robinson - the art of the contraption

Heath Robinson - the art of the contraption

William Heath Robinson was a visual artist known for the humorous drawings that resulted from his fertile and inventive imagination. His name entered the language as early as 1912, and is still deployed today, when 'Heath Robinson' is used to describe the kind of outrageous contraptions that featured in many of his illustrations and cartoons.

Six things to delight and entertain you every day.