A Plant For Winter Pollinators With Brigit Strawbridge Howard

Alfred visits Shaftesbury wildlife writer Brigit Strawbridge Howard as she presents her November nature notes from her French Mill Lane garden.

Brigit tells us how to help seed-eating birds by retaining the seed heads of flowers. She is preparing her lawn for 2021 by sowing yellow rattle seed. She explains how she ‘scarifies’ the ground.

Brigit Strawbridge Howard with a mahonia plant

We are noticing more bees during the winter in North Dorset because of climate change. Brigit recommends planting mahonia, a shrub which flowers over winter. She says it is, ‘one of the top ten plants for bees’.