Update on my front garden: New tulips and a snakes head fritillary! ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟโš˜โš˜

My front garden is doing very well!

โ™กOne of my snakes head fritillary’s is out.

โ™กMy campanula is doing well and blossoming- it was the first to come out in the spring and I could not recommend it enough. It is a gorgeous plant, resilient and good for ground cover.

โ™กMy blue shrimp plants have grown so tall and beautiful. I love the delicate little flowers on them and the blue-purple colour of them! โ™กMy yellow daisy like flower (Doronicum orientale), a cheap buy from home bargains almost a month ago looks beautiful and is still flowering and looking gorgeous and brightening up myย  front garden.

โ™กMy heather has come back from last year.

โ™ก My muscari flowers have bloomed in my little terracotta pots- this is the first time I’ve planted them!


Sorell- a great alternative to spinach and great for butterflies. ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹

This in my garden is ‘Sorrel’ (Rumex acetosa).
It is a common plant in grassland habitats and is cultivated as a garden herb or salad vegetable (pot herb). I also planted it because The leaves are eaten by the larvae of several species of Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) including the blood-vein moth, as well as by non-specialized snails and slugs.

When I planted it last year it didn’t establish very well and I thought it had died, so of course as you can imagine this year after 3 horrendous storms and when I could finally get in the garden this spring I was delighted to see it had came back!


Small white butterfly Caterpillar found in my front garden. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹

This is a Caterpillar of the small white butterfly (Pieris rapae) which I found in my front garden yesterday!
Most gardeners will get rid of these as they are regarded as pests. Yes they are eating some of my plants BUT that’s what I put them there for!! My plants are there for butterflies including caterpillars, they can eat as much as they want because it’s all worth it to see butterflies all over my flowers in the late spring- early summer!
Through being a member of ‘Butterfly conservation’ I had fantastic informational booklets with what to put in both my front and back garden and despite my front garden only being there for a year, only being small and I have done this on a budget it really shows that anything is possible!! Every space can be utilised for wildlife!
If I can do it, in a small semi-detached house so can you! ๏Œฟ๏Œฟ๏’ž๏’ž #wildlife

The Great Fen Project: the biggest habitat restoration project in Europe.

The Great Fen Project is the biggest habitat restoration project currently ongoing in the whole of Europe!! Based in Cambridgeshire, 14 square miles of farmland is being turned back into a varied landscape of bogs, meadows, Woodlands and wet heaths.

Check out the website for more details on this amazing project and where it is to visit: โžก๏ธhttps://www.greatfen.org.uk/about-great-fen/restoration-project-progress


Falling stocks of Wild Atlantic Salmon and the Ancient Cultural tradition of ‘Haag netting’.

Sometimes our concerns about the natural world are genuinely complex…

What is good for one species or habitat may be bad for another and as we struggle with complexity, it inevitably means there are going to be unintended consequences.

Concern about the falling stocks of wild Atlantic salmon is justified and an issue that seriously needs addressing however, the legislation and regulations introduced to protect these fish are destroying the 1000 year old skill of ‘Haaf netting’.

What is Haaf netting?

Haaf net fishing is an ancient type of salmon and sea trout net fishing practised in Britain, and is particularly associated with the estuary forming part of the border between England and Scotland, known as the Solway Firth.

Solway Firth is the United Kingdomโ€™s third-largest estuary, and it is lined by beaches, coastal dunes, and salt marshes, a few of which are special conservation areas. The lands around the firth are mostly rural and agricultural. Along with its natural beauty, the region is rich with historyโ€”including the western end of Hadrian’s Wall, which terminates on the firthโ€™s southern shore.

The technique involves fishermen standing chest-deep in the sea and using large submerged framed nets to scoop up fish that swim towards them. It is a form of fishing that is believed to have been brought to Britain by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago and to have been practised in the Solway Firth since then.

The number of haaf net fishermen has dwindled over the last 50 years and the activity has been restricted by salmon conservation  measures. The haaf net fishing community have campaigned for exemptions from these restrictions and for protection as an ancient cultural activity.

Salmon conservation- The survival of wild salmon relies heavily on them having suitable habitat for spawning and rearing of their young. This habitat is the main concern for conservationists everywhere. Salmon habitat can be degraded by many different factors including land development, timber harvest, or resource extraction. These threats bring about the traditional methods of protecting the salmon, but a new movement aims to protect the habitats before they require intervention.

Haaf net fishing is now unique to the Solway Firth, where it has been practised for over a thousand years.

In the 1970s, there were over a 100 haaf net fishermen based in towns such as Annan or Gretna making a good living. From the 1980s, the economics of fishing with haaf nets meant that numbers have significantly reduced with only 30 individuals currently practising the technique.

On the Scottish side of the Firth, since 2016, the Scottish Government have introduced salmon conservation measures resulting in haaf net fishermen being required to release alive any salmon they catch. 

The English side of the Firth is regulated by the Environment Agency  which, after a consultation process, introduced similar restrictions in 2018.

As a consequence, the Solwayโ€™s haaf net community believe the survival of their traditions is threatened and is seeking exemptions from these requirements and official recognition that haaf netting should be protected as a culturally important and historic activity. In response, Marine Scotland, the Scottish Government agency responsible for fish conservation, has said that the issue is that the salmon stocks of the Firth of Solway feed into rivers with differing levels of salmon sustainability and some of the rivers have low levels. Because the Firth is therefore classified as a โ€œmixed stock fisheryโ€, they cannot permit retention of any salmon caught.

Recent news story covering the topic.

To protect atlantic salmon, Scotland’s rivers are categorized according to whether they are regenerating a target percentage of their salmon.

(Conservation and ecological legislation are devolved issues. The laws and regulations are often different between Scotland and the rest of the UK. All references here are to Scottish legislation.)

There are only 21 category one rivers and a growing number of category three rivers. A category three river is meeting less than 60% of its target; the advice for such rivers is: ‘mandatory catch and release (all methods)’. This means that although you may catch fish in such a river, you must immediately release them.

River categories as stated on Scottish Government website: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/fishreform/licence/status

Although this policy doesnt seem to be deterring fly fishing, it is reducing the number of people engaging in Haaf netting.

My opinion:

Personally I think although Haaf netting is a 100 year old tradition, no tradition should replace animal conservation, the animals welfare should always be put first. This doesn’t mean that the tradition has to end, it could be passed down by teaching the younger generation through other means, without destroying the habitat that the salmon rely on and indeed jeopardizing the wild atlantic salmon population.

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

All information is from:


Countryfile magazine: Sara Maitland opinion article.

Scottish Government Website.

Spring is here and my flowers are blooming! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ

Updates from my little (bee friendly & butterfly friendly) frontย  garden….

โ—‹My tulips have bloomed and I have 2 flowers from the one flower!

โ—‹ I have 2 more flowers heads ready to bloom from my mini daffodil border!

โ—‹ My lupins are coming up!

I’m so excited and happy!!