News Winging it: The shrill carder bee is thriving in Kent

Conservationists stunned by the insects’ rapid recovery

Close to the hedge

Wild flower meadows may be fashionable, but they're difficult to manage. Try creating an Irish-style shrub bank instead, says Anna Pavord

Bumbling beekeepers breeding mite plague

``And is there honey still for tea?'' Perhaps not, in a few years - because many of Britain's beekeepers are failing to take a lethal parasite seriously.

First remove your soil; then plant some weeds

Creating a meadow is an upside-down way of gardening, but highly rewarding, writes Josie Barnard

Border bloom

Less business than labour of love, Elizabeth Taylor's Powys nursery is a treasure trove of unusual plants, writes Anna Pavord

Open house among the tombstones shows that cemeteries are not always so grave is not always such a grave business

Thousands of east Londoners will give Southend and the Lakeside shopping centre a miss tomorrow in favour of an outing among the headstones and Gothic funereal architecture of the City of London Cemetery in Wanstead Flats.

The joy of gadgets

MARY KEEN'S SUMMER DIARY; Mary Keen gets to grips with a couple of strong and silents types, which could quietly take the backache out of gardening; plus the difficulty and frustration of creating that perfect 'wild' flower patch

Plea for meadow seed cash falls on stony ground

While Tony Blair has been trying to save the planet in New York, back home the administration he heads has turned down a request for a paltry sum to help England's meadows bloom again.

A walk across the water

Hamish Scott takes the ferry to Cornwall's St Anthony peninsular

Deep in the urban jungle, something exotic stirs...

National Nature Reserves are the jewels in the crown of Britain's wildlife sites. As of yesterday, two of them are now located in the nation's two biggest cities.

Orchid goes public after 50 years

The Lady's Slipper Orchid, Britain's rarest wild flower has gone on public display for the first time in more than half a century after being saved from extinction.

What price nature? At pounds 20 trillion a year it is truly our most precious asset

What price a wild flower, or lark song, or a view of wooded hills and meadows? Poets might ask the question but biologists and economists have now conspired to come up with an answer.

Wild flowers for a Tudor farmhouse

Workshop: Anna Pavord advises on the best use for an odd patch in your garden

I want to be a ranger ...

The city worker's dream is within reach, thanks to the demand for managed wild habitats.

Group therapy

Newsgroups have revived the art of storytelling. Perhaps I am going a little over the top because many of the long postings you see around the newsgroups - when is someone going to come up with a better title? - are a long way off being the literary masterpieces the term implies. But these vast virtual forums provide a wonderful medium for people to tell stories which in most cases would never find their way into print, and so would otherwise only be shared with a few friends in the pub.
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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