May 25, 2021 • 1HR 8M

Ep 10. Cow Parsley and Biological Controls

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The Wildlife Garden Podcast
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This episode we cover the news and take a detailed look at a range of garden products called biological controls. Rather than spending money, we recommend improving your range of garden habitats as the best way to deal with garden pests! We also talk about the beautiful, billowing wildflower Cow Parsley, known in botanical Latin as Anthriscus sylvestris.

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International Compost Awareness Week (

Sales of peat compost to gardeners to be banned from 2024 | Climate change | The Guardian

Botanical mystery

Heliotropism - Wikipedia

Nyctinasty - Wikipedia

Biological controls

Biological control in the home garden / RHS Gardening

Beneficial insects and bugs / RHS Gardening

Beneficial insects |

Nematodes |

Parasitic flies (

Parasitic wasps (

Parasitica – ChrisR (

Cold tolerance of the predatory ladybird Cryptolaemus montrouzieri | SpringerLink

(PDF) Application of slug-parasitic nematodes (

Effect of potting media on the efficacy and dispersal of entomopathogenic nematodes for the control of black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) - ScienceDirect

Control of Black Vine Weevil larvae Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Fabricius) (Coleoptera:Curculionidae) in grow bags outdoors with nematodes - Lola‐Luz - 2005 - Agricultural and Forest Entomology - Wiley Online Library

Biological control of the black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) with entomopathogenic nematodes (Nematoda: Rhabditida) - KAKOULI‐DUARTE - 1997 - Annals of Applied Biology - Wiley Online Library

Efficacy of the entomopathogenic nematodes Steinernema kraussei and Heterorhabditis megidis against the black vine weevil Otiorhynchus sulcatus in open field‐grown strawberry plants - Haukeland - 2010 - Agricultural and Forest Entomology - Wiley Online Library

The effects of repeated applications of the molluscicide metaldehyde and the biocontrol nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita on molluscs, earthworms, nematodes, acarids and collembolans: a two‐year study in north‐west Spain - Iglesias - 2003 - Pest Management Science - Wiley Online Library

Biological control of terrestrial molluscs using Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita—progress and prospects - Rae - 2007 - Pest Management Science - Wiley Online Library

Phylogenetic evidence for the invasion of a commercialized European Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita lineage into North America and New Zealand (

Efficacy of chemical and biological slug control measures in response to watering and earthworms (

Identifying British Slugs v 3.1 iv2018_0.pdf (

Cow Parsely

Anthriscus sylvestris | cow parsley/RHS Gardening

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' | cow parsley 'Ravenswing'/RHS Gardening

Anthriscus sylvestris | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (

The Biology of Canadian Weeds. 111. Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm (

Cow parsley | The Wildlife Trusts

Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) - Woodland Trust

Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) (

Book Club

Do Bees Need Weeds

ISBN: 9781784727147

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds - Books from the RHS Garden Design

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds | NHBS Field Guides & Natural History