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

  • 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Weaving hedges among the trees

    Combining wood brash into hedgerows provides habitats as well as structure in the woodland

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  • Readying the wildlife garden for spring

    The garden is already attractive to wildlife, but there is always more I can do

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  • Season of mellow fruitfulness - and biting midges

    Autumn is with us again, the fungi appear like magic and the biting midges are out with a venge

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  • Where have all the butterflies gone?

    2016 has been a very poor year for butterflies, but I must try to help those that are on the wi

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  • First forays into beekeeping

    After a swarm arrived in the garden this summer, we decided to give a home to another bee colon

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  • The birds' new feathers

    The robin's feathers have given it extra speed and agility. Will the same happen for the bl

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  • A walk on the wild side

    Leaving an area of garden to go wild can offer habitat to many species. What will I find?

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  • Help save our bees

    As easy as one-two-three, join the Great British Bee Count and find out more about bees and how

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  • Is there more tree bark stripping this year?

    I love wildlife, but when it comes to mammals gnawing bark from trees I have mixed feelings...

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  • Busy bird behaviour 

    The onset of warm weather sends birds into a bustle of activity; finding mates, building nests

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  • Charting the course of autumn wildlife

    As autumn turns to winter, wildlife activity changes course as species work to survive the cold

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  • Enchanting leaf galls

    Leaf galls, the homes of tiny insect larvae, are fascinating to look at and find out about

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  • Going to see the 'smoking trees' in Warwickshire

    Every autumn, some tree tops appear to 'smoke'. What is going on?

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  • How clean is your (bird) house?

    Autumn is peak time to clean out nesting boxes - or is it? To clean or not to clean - that is t

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  • Gardening karma

    Growing plants for bees and other wildlife can encourage good relations in more ways than one

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  • Grape expectations

    In which our beady-eyed wildlife blogger tries to outwit a veteran thief

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  • Surprising a frog in the dark

    A lucky frog avoids being stepped on - and the tadpoles haven't been eaten yet

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  • The robins have changed territory

    Victory for the garden robin - and the nesting blackbirds are in on mealworm distribution

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  • Time for feathering nests and feeding frolics

    Mating season has begun – where will the birds nest?

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  • Taming of the two

    We’ve realised that we are on the boundary of two robin territories and that there is a b

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  • The art of not tidying up: habitats and food sources in the garden

    There are times when being a bit untidy is absolutely the right way to be – and autumn in

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  • Worms say ‘thanks for the rain’

    After a long dry summer, the welcome rain brings a surge in earthworm activity

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  • What lies beneath...

    Moving your tubs and planters to shelter them from wintry elements could mean you're in for

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  • Late summer and autumn flowers for pollinators

    Having made plans for winter flowers and habitats, I want to help provide pollinators with what

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  • Winter homes and hotels

    The coldest months of the year can be a challenging time for wildlife in our gardens: try givin

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  • Falling hazelnuts show that the summer is over

    It's interesting to watch the process of the nut harvest being stored; the many journeys ma

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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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