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Why autumn is a great time to scatter seed balls

It’s often presumed that the best (and perhaps only) time to sow wildflower seeds is in the spring. It’s easy to understand why. Nature is fizzing with activity and raring to get going after the long winter sleep. Human beings are the same and we’re more inclined to get outdoors

Backyard Nature – The Planet Needs You!

We are so so delighted and proud to be a partner of Backyard Nature, a campaign to get all children to spend more time enjoying and protecting nature where they live. Run by the brilliant Semble (previously known as ‘Project Dirt’), the project will be launched this Saturday with over

Seedball TV: Episodes 4-6

In episode 4 we talk about insect week and make a bee saver kit – Thanks to Alice from Aberdeen for your question x In episode 5 we talk about Wildlife Trusts 30 days wild and discuss what ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ the Seedball team have been up to!  In

Seedball TV: Episodes 1-3

In the first episode Ana and Emily answer a question from Sarah in Brighton ‘what is the dream?’… Got any questions for us?? Just Ask!  In episode two Ana and Emily talk a bit about founding Seedball, their academic beginnings, give a shout out to the University of Nottingham’s environmentYES

Scattering the Seeds For Next Year’s Pollinators

Guest blog from Charlotte at A Focus on Nature Over the Summer, insects have been busily foraging on flowers on which they depend for nectar and pollen. Flying from flower to flower, whether that’s by the zipping flight of a bee-fly or by the bumbling about of a bumblebee, these

A beginner’s guide to beekeeping

With guest contributor Keith Arnold from Bees Wales We’re concerned about bees! In fact, it was our concern for bee and pollinator populations that led us to set up Seedball in the first place, and it seems we are not the only ones. Interest in the plight of bees has

What mini beasts are hiding in your garden?

  Magnifying glasses and nets at the ready, it’s time to take a look at the miniature marvels in your green space! The 18th June marks the beginning of National Insect Week, a big biannual celebration of all things small, run by the Royal Entomological Society. And, there is a

Great British Bee Count!

This year the Great British Bee Count is five!! Five years of enthusiastic volunteers submitting bee sightings across the country through May and June! So far, it’s been a great year for bees, with the fantastic news that the use of bee harming neonicotinoids are to be banned in countries

Great British Wild Flower Hunt

For centuries, children have made daisy chains, held buttercups under their chin and told the time with dandelion clocks but for many, these simple pleasures are no longer part of their lives. Even the word ‘buttercup’ isn’t included in the current Oxford Junior Dictionary reflecting that common wild flowers are

Wrap up and listen in!

Meteorological spring may be upon us, but it has made quite a dramatic entrance with the accompanying storms and snow! We’ve still got a few weeks until the Spring equinox on 21st March, so we’ve downloaded some of our favourite podcasts, popped the kettle on and settled in until the

Wildlife shortcuts for your garden!

If you’re looking to attract wildlife into your garden, but don’t think you’ve got the time, then think again! And, before you even start, I gotta tell you, you’re already in the right place, as the seedball is the very epitome of a wildlife shortcut! I can’t emphasise enough the

How to build an Insect Hotel

Wildflowers are a great way to invite pollinator species into your outdoor space, but no matter how small the space is there is always room to do something else to keep mini-beasts happy.  While we might like an area to look neat and tidy many insect species thrive in those

Encourage a bug and a bee, from me

By Annabelle from Life at No. 27 Encouraging wildlife into your garden never used to be the ‘done’ thing. Until the 1970’s, when Chris Baines arrived on the gardening scene and created a wildlife garden in front of thousands of viewers on TV. This one episode changed the future of

Join the #nomow movement!

Coventry is maybe not the first city that springs to mind when you think of beauty. Bombed heavily during the Second World War, it suffered a questionable number of architectural decisions during its regeneration. However, it is a city that is currently undergoing a second reformation – and with it

How to crowdsource a nature reserve

By James Robbins What do you do if you want to create a nature reserve, but don’t have the land for one? This is exactly the problem that faced the residents of Felixstowe last year. The solution they came up with was to crowdsource it from the community. The project

Going Peat Free

There would be an outcry if a company started excavating top-soil from your local park and selling it to gardeners. And yet most of us are silent about the excavation of peat from habitats that are just as valuable to us. Like most of us, I’m a weekend gardener (when

My Wild Street

We love this project – if we all did just a little to help nature we would make a huge difference!

Mika and Em went on a factory visit

We’re so proud that everything Seedball is made in the UK. Our tins are made by the last London tin manufacturer with tin from the UK. We love them, it’s a family business with a big heart they’ve been going for generations. They love us too and told us our