Miranda Hodgson

Garden writer and gardener

I love just watching my garden: look closely and you can see activity at all levels - beetles scuttling around on the ground, butterflies in bushes and the birds high up in the trees.

I am a garden writer and gardener living in Witney, Oxfordshire. I am lucky enough to look after two beautiful gardens in Witney, where I spend much of my week, tending to the plants. My own garden is very much a wildlife garden, and I get a lot of pleasure looking out for birds, bees and bugs.


** Please note the contents of this blog reflect the views of its author and are not necessarily those of the RHS **

Miranda's posts and conversations

  • Bird brains? Don't you believe it.

    Observing robins living in garden centres, it's plain they're not daft

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  • One way to gauge insect numbers

    I took some plant stems home from the woods, but forgot to take them out of the car. Let's

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  • Autumn is under way and the wildlife change sentry

    As we slowly move through autumn, the wildlife we see changes but there is still plenty to be s

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  • Hedgehogs, birds and a butterfly surprise

    The hedgehogs and birds are entertaining, but butterflies have a dirty secret

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  • Signs of approaching winter are all around us

    From hedgehog activity, hooting owls and spiders in the bath, the signs of approaching winter a

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  • The robin returns – again

    Looking a little bit the worse for wear, the robin has surprised us by returning after a four-m

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  • 'Autumn orphans' need our help

    'Autumn's hedgehog orphans need our help to survive the winter

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  • Feeding up the hedgehogs

    Rescuing an orphan hedgehog and viewing a family of hogs in the garden

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  • A happiness of hedgehogs

    Hedgehogs have moved into our courtyard, so we are making them welcome - here's how to enco

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  • Finding new plants for pollinators 

    Investing in plants for pollinators - and new discoveries

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  • Providing for moths and flying insects

    A moth-attracting plant proves interesting while bees and wasps prefer dirty water

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  • The surprising secrets of pears and junipers

    A genus-jumping, horny orange fungus plagues a pear tree; dealing with the creepy-crawlies that

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  • Bringing in the bees

    The air is alive with the sound of bees as new swarms settle in the garden

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  • A promise to my neighbours

    Wildlife are our neighbours, it would be better for all to treat them as such

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  • Birds causing a headache at nesting time

    The robins have disappeared and a duck nested in the middle of our work space. That's birds

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  • The robin's bad leg and other stories

    The robin's mate has had a bad leg and the jackdaws have discovered a wool stash

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  • 'Soil My Undies' challenge - the result

    Last autumn I carried out an exercise to test the level of soil biology by burying some cotton

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  • Frogs on the march as spring arrives

    A lost frog, busy bees and hungry birds mean plenty of wildlife activity as spring makes its sl

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  • Eco-worrier? There are things you can do

    When the state of the world feels daunting, concentrating on what you can directly control can

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  • A job for the bird counters

    By counting wild birds, we gain information about how different species are faring

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  • The robin that came for lunch

    By sharing food with a robin, we enticed it to eat with us at lunchtime

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  • 'Must try harder!'

    Our wildlife is in a parlous state and there is work to be done

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  • The Changing of the Guard

    The denizens of the warm months have left the stage, but a new cast of characters is stepping f

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  • Taking on the 'Soil my Undies' challenge

    Finding out how much life is in garden soil can be done by burying a pair of cotton pants and s

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  • Gentle giants and flying humbugs

    Hornet colonies decline in autumn while honey bees form their winter cluster

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  • Autumn birds and hedgehog highways

    The birds have new feathers and we've created access to the garden for hedgehogs

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  • The all-you-can-eat fuchsia buffet

    Re-locating elephant hawkmoth caterpillars to a disliked fuchsia 

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  • Looking at slugs

    I've been trying to see slugs in a more kindly light - close-up, they're really quite i

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  • Mice in gardens

    All gardens have mice, so we find a way to work around them

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  • Single dad in the shrubbery

    It's a bird's life: the male robin is working flat out to bring up his chicks

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  • July - the view from here

    My wild, untidy and flower-filled courtyard is becoming an insect haven

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  • How many mealworms can a blackbird pick up in one go?

    The blackbirds make great efforts to pick up as many mealworms as they can cram into their beak

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  • New bees on the block

    Honey bee swarm season is here and the bees are busy!

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  • The birds go into high gear to feed their young ones

    Feeding young nestlings is busy work, so we're helping them out with mealworms

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  • The robin finds a lucky mate

    As breeding season gets into full swing, the birds show us some of their quirks

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  • Birds, bees and butterflies on the wing

    As wildlife awake we see flurries of activity in the woods and in the garden

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  • Word recognition for the birds

    After years of talking to our bird visitors they are now reacting to a particular word

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  • Tracking bird activity through the winter woods

    Light snow cover brightens a winter woodland walk by letting you track what birds have been doi

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  • Happy new bee year 

    Bees have emerged from the hive and are busy foraging amongst our spring bulbs

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  • Who's watching who?

    If you look carefully you will see that the birds watch each other as closely as we watch them

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  • Fungi for bees

    Now I know that bees sip the sugary liquid from fungi I shall make them some more

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  • Signs of life

    Wild creatures takeover the spring garden and reward the curious with great entertainment

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  • Thank you, Eva! I'm sure you'll make something really good and 

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  • Hi Eva, I do let a lot of things flower - as when the Brassicas have had their time and st

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  • Thank you! Not as far I've been able to tell. They are all Evil Weevils!

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  • Thanks, Eva, the nuts were just full of larva excrement, which looked like brown dust.

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  • Congratulations on making a pond! Yes, more plants, more frogs - it doesn't have to be Ger

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