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29/05/2013 at 20:44

checked my redcurrant bushes on monday---after 2 and a half years they have finally bore fruit---the clusters looked healthy and blooming---checked them today and half the fruit is gone, leaves chomped and swarms of ants all over--have they ravaged them cos i cant find any caterpillars anywhere??

30/05/2013 at 00:30

Pigeons or other birds would be my guess.  The birds aren't really bothered whether the fruit is fully ripe or not.  Try netting the bushes.  Ants don't eat plants - the leaves probably have some aphids which exude a sweet liquid that the ants feed upon.

30/05/2013 at 07:57

It's what happens to my gooseberries.  Always forget to net and the pesky bullfinch get my buds

30/05/2013 at 08:24
Verdun wrote (see)

It's what happens to my gooseberries.  Always forget to net and the pesky bullfinch get my buds

ooh matron...

sorry...coat's on...

 

02/06/2013 at 15:39

thanks for your help---made the mistake of thinking the birds wouldnt touch them till they started to turn red---netting now in place

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