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Outdoors

Vulnerable: The Dartford Warbler is easily disturbed

Join in and show you care about our wildlife

I Spy at the Hide, Georgia Tuffery is amazed to see wildlife from the hide at Chimney Meadows nature reserve. Winner of the My Wild Life category in the Wildlife Photpgraphy Competition.

Looking ahead to the activities at the Festival of Nature's Wild Fair

Peony flowers: Perfect for cutting and displaying indoors

Blooming good idea in gardens

Deer and goslings from Mesopotamia Walk alongside the River Cherwell

Take a walk on the wild side at city’s nature fest

Deutzia: One of a host of easy-to-root plants

Softwood cuttings save you a packet

Collection: Butterflies in the museum’s Insects display

Museum is connecting us to planet

Stunning: The Birmingham City Council exhibit showing the Cathedral bell and willow sculpture of an angel

The glory of the Chelsea Flower Show

In flight: Cuckoo

A true great among Oxon birdwatchers

Variations of size and colour: Mixed pots of tulips

Glorious tulips will lift every garden

Exploring: See what you can spot on a River Thames Wildlife Cruise

Stick your neck out by going wild

Annual treat: The Woodland Garden at Spring Cottage provokes some excitement

Cool location for woodland escape

Bright: Bees simply love colourful open-flowered plants

Listen out to why Oxford is buzzing

Health-giving toms need tender touch

Health-giving toms need tender touch

The count: Nicole Clough, far right, and staff from BBOWT and RSPB count snake’s-head fritillaries at Iffley Meadows

Work does not stop at meadows

Contrasts: Balance your wildflower meadow areas with an  immaculate lush lawn

Nurture your wild side for spectacle

A common sight at our freshwater sites: A Little Ringed Plover in flight

Dead ringers ... the tale of two plovers

Golden moment: A helianthus, basking in Fleuroselect’s choice of 2015 as the Year of the Sunflower

Sunflower stands up tall in spotlight

County flower: Snake’s-head fritillaries are abundant at the Iffley Meadows site

Enjoy floral frenzies by going wild

Delicious: Marastar raspberries are exceptionally hardy but taste wonderful

Bountiful crop for a breakfast bowl

Opening the wild waterways

Opening the wild waterways

American cousin: Susan is a scented magnolia, part of the Eight Little Girls series

Warm welcome to Victorian favourite

Time for action: A grey seal swims in UK waters

Help for home waters

Admired: Prunus ‘Kursar’, which during March has perfectly rounded flowers in spring-pink

March bulbs put magic in the air

In flight: The raven was once a rare sight in Oxfordshire but can now be seen on most of the county’s large estates

Love is in the air for birdlife

Kelways’ new blood: Gary House, 23, and Rob Parsons, 22

New introductions to light up Chelsea

For families: Enjoying the spring sunshine at Happy Valley

Enjoy Easter tradition at Happy Valley

Agapanthus ‘Northern Star’: Pots of agapanthus can be started off again now under glass, or in a sheltered position.  Water little and often and, once they are going, feed fortnightly with a tomato food

You need to wait for right weather

Glorious: The views from Hartslock across the River Thames are stunning

Take mum for day out in Chilterns

Easy reach: 8x4 beds are simple to manage

Time to plant your cold comfort farm

In peril: Barn owls are threatened by loss of habitat

White ghost that’s losing its haunts

Stepping lightly: Standing on planks while gardening, as Val does here, is a good way of avoiding compacting the soil

How to go 12 rounds with clay and come out the victor

Rescue: Ornithologists are battling the tree sparrow’s decline

A sparrow’s fall spurs us into action

Benign presence: Prunus ‘Kursar’ will grow into a dome-shaped tree providing shelter

Getting in the pink to banish the blues

Sylvan chair: Children from Bayard’s Hill Primary School in Barton sitting on a bench where children’s authors JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis may well have talked

Narnia wood still weaves magical spell

Desirable: The medicinal saffron crocus (C. sativus) is said to have been smuggled into Britain by a 14th-century pilgrim

Early beauty that is the bee’s knees

Attacked: Martyn Lane with ivy sawn off from trees

Ivy hackers could harm our wildlife

Holy moly? Snowdrops, like these at Colesbourne Park, may be the medicinal herb cited by Homer

Harbinger of spring with roots in myth

Vital: Sydlings Copse, a Site of Special Scientific Interest

How green is Oxford's Green Belt?

Delicate glory: Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea “TIller Girl”

Scented spirit of highest summer

When all my Christmases came at once

When all my Christmases came at once

Colourful: The Sam Hopkins variety of dahlia produces a pretty dark bloom

Delightful dahlias brighten a garden

Repair: Reeds from Chilswell Valley are used to thatch replica Iron Age roundhouses at Hill End

Go wild and lend nature a helping hand

Snowdrop fever

Snowdrop fever

Ready: Lucy Tomkinson clears the decks before preparing the Sensory Wildlife Garden

Make a kids a sensational new garden

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Under observation: This swallow has a leg ring to show it's part of a survey

Birds set off in search of winter sun

Blooming great: Rose and peony time at Spring Cottage

A memorable year all round for gardening

Orchids are a special breed

Orchids are a special breed

Star turn: A maginficent Wellingtonia dating from 1856 being decorated as the Christmas tree at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire

Christmas tree's starring role

Wild bunch: Students from St Clare’s, Oxford. From left to right, Francesco Paolo Cardi, Lorenzo d’Andria, Carolina Panetta

Raking the reeds in a special spot

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