For those of you interested in restoring the balance to nature due to over-farming, deforestation and an OD of pesticides, please check out this great site for learning how to return wildlife to natural habitats and connecting people with the true wonders of our natural world.  There is even a newsletter you can subscribe to for keeping in touch with all that’s going on in the attempt to return part of the United Kingdom to healthy pre-industrial levels of growth and animal habitation.

My suggestion for anyone who wants to be a companion of a dog ‘for life’ is to always consider a rescue pet.  One of the most famous animal shelters for both cats and dogs in the UK is Battersea Dogs Home.

Visit the site   and the very first sentence will tell you everything you need to know: ‘Rescue Is Our Favorite Breed’ Just to give you an idea of the fourlegs bursting at the seams with loads of loving and looking out for you to give them a safe and caring home for the rest of their lives:

Rocky – Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Male, 6yrs – 2mnths, reference:377386

Rocky is an affectionate and energetic dog who shows many of the charming qualities of his breed. He is looking for owners who want an interactive, energetic dog who is keen to play, exercise and train. (courtesy of

Peanut – Jack Russell, Male, 4yrs – 2mnths, reference: 382583

Peanut is a little dog with a larger than life personality! He is a sweet and affectionate boy once he has gotten to know you and will be a charming companion for the right home. (courtesy of

19 common British birds in your garden | lovethegarden

I love rambling in the countryside but I am totally hopeless at remembering the names of most of the fascinating birds behind their extraordinary songs.  RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)  is a site that help with that by matching a particular bird to an individual chirp in the easiest way possible.  Catalogued with every common bird found in the UK you will find its distinctive call in a 30” field-recorded sound bite.  Addictive and simply wonderful.

The site also features an A – Z of birds and links to other sites of interest.

Birds in the UK:

Guide dogs:

Say hello to Fletcher – (part GSD / Labrador).  Sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy is a great way to help people in need and ensure the welfare of a beautiful dog. You will receive frequent updates and photos on training until the dog is placed with a companion.

Middle East Technical University, Animal Friends Community

This is a non-profit charity operated by students to help all the campus animals from dogs to hedgehogs. All the members work so hard all year round to feed the kids and make sure that they are happy and healthy.

Find them HERE or on their Instagram page.


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