Author Archives: Jenny Speller

About Jenny Speller

I am a writer and researcher and picture researcher. I also campaign for animal welfare. Love gardens, nature and animals. Aspiring photographer! Still lots to learn. MA in Literature - can't resist a bookshop. Very curious so enjoy drifting, browsing in art galleries, markets, and museums and charity shops.

Reiki Healing for Animals

I am delighted that I have now trained and am insured as a Reiki practitioner and will be available to give Reiki healing to animals.  Please see my pages on Reiki and its benefits.

This is the start of an exciting new journey as I can now do what I most love which is helping animals.



These are limbless lizards and a beautiful golden copper colour.
If you find them in your garden they love to make a safe place to hide under stones or sheets of corrugated iron.

I had an offcut from a plastic drainage pipe which I upended and place on a concrete slab and filled it with dried leaves before the winter.  I covered the opening with two slates.

Last week I lifted the slates and the slow-worms are back and nesting.


New neighbours have four chickens from a a re-homing centre finding grass, sun
and freedom in their garden.  Once their commercial laying time is over chickens are destined for slaughter.  But there are several re-homing centres across the UK which have re-homed thousands of chickens.  Two of these are the British Hen Welfare Trust at and Fresh Start for Hens but there are many more listed on the net.
If you have the space and time and would like wonderful fresh free range eggs
there are lots of chickens out there only too happy to oblige!


Most of us know little about the stark reality of what takes place in slaughterhouses to produce the meat we eat.  This is a gruelling account of one person’s experience.

Whatever decisions we individually take at the very least we can be educated and informed so as to make our choices.

Just Another Wood Pigeon?

Two years ago a wood pigeon built a nest in my holly tree. Then we watched as the chick hatched, grew and fledged protecting it daily from an onslaught of predators including local foxes. At its first brave attempt to spread its wings it landed in the most dangerous corner of the garden vulnerable to an assortment of local cats. We put it back in the nest where it briefly rested before flying up into a neighbouring tree still being fed by its mother, then onto a nearby roof where it sat for several hours and then finally out into the world.

This April a wood pigeon built a new nest in the same tree. Was it the fledging returning to a familiar safe nesting site? I watched fascinated as she sat so patiently hour after hour for over two weeks turning the egg, moving position then her mate would take over. Then last Thursday night she didn’t come back. That wasn’t so strange as pigeons leave the nest from time to time. But Friday morning there was still no sign of her and after another two days I knew something had happened. I got a ladder and without disturbing the nest managed to see inside. The egg had gone.

There had been a lot of magpies around and we wonder if they had taken the egg. The chick must have been close to hatching and I felt so sad for this patient creature who had waited and protected her egg for so long.

Only a wood pigeon someone said. They need culling anyway. I didn’t see it that way.