Why I taught my daughter not to spring clean and to leave cobwebs for long-tailed tits

I was in the greenhouse preparing seed beds with my daughter Lily when she announced, in a judgmental tone that only young children can command, that the greenhouse was ‘full of cobwebs’. I explained that I left them there deliberately for the long-tailed tits to use to build their nests from. She was fascinated as I showed her how these beautiful little birds weave a soft, delicate nest out of lichen, moss or sheep’s wool … Continue reading Why I taught my daughter not to spring clean and to leave cobwebs for long-tailed tits