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I've been reading about the Solar Sipper Bird Bath and plan to buy one of these when I get chance/money. I have 4 cats and a few visiting from neighbours but they prefer chasing the squirrels to the birds. They do bring me mice and shrews but usually these 'presents' are uninjured and I release them in to the wildlife section of my garden. I also have at least one hedgehog who pops up for meals occasionally (and is studiously ignored by the cats). I have built an insect house in the wildlife section and it seems popular. I hope to get some native fruit trees, etc. for the birds too but I have very limited money, time and strength unfortunately. I did contemplate a pond for frogs but having visited a friend whose cat brings frogs in I changed my mind. Not a good combination.
That is why I buy the dried specialist hedgehog food and put it in a very shallow dish under a slab raised about 6-8" off the ground supported on bricks - cats won't go under there but the hedgehogs can Also the cats really don't seem very interested in the specialist hedgehog food.
I've purposely left some area's of the garden, over winter, well alone and uncleaned. I'm sure there is an army of slugs and snails just waiting to appear come spring but the good guys need somewhere to spend the winter too.
I liked the idea of leaving a sugar sponge out for late flying insects, I'm sure the same applies to early ones.
Labs are related to Hoovers Ours would eat anything on the ground - we did manage to train him not to eat off the table or the cooker grill after he once snaffled a piece of steak that was on the pan waiting to go under the grill!
But if you put wild bird seed in a hanging feeder she couldn't get that
Great that you're keeping the water ice free for them! I'm struggling to do that in this garden.
I think I will plant a lot more berry bushes ,as I have watched many more birds in the pyracantha bush eating the berries and sheltering.(blackbird,thrush,and I thought I saw a fire crest )any how more bushes,water is a problem in how to keep it from freezing and putting seed and nuts out ,they seemed to have ignored.(even the squirrel.....)
Hi, We have no shortage of birds round here, or squirrells or RATS! Behind my hubbies back ('you'll attract the rats!') I have been putting out food for the ground feeders, a lovely pair of blackbirds, dunnocks and, the gardener's best friend, a snail eating song thrush. Much to my horror a tunnel has erupted next to the food and I am desperately trying to hide it from my other half - not easy in bright, white snow. Has anyone out there overcome this problem?
Yes, I've learnt my lesson, put some poison in the hole and filled it in and put the bird food on a plate out of reach of all but the birds and the squirrels. No sign of any more tunnels now so hopefully the problem is solved. I feel guilty about using poison and wouldn't use it on anything but the rats. We live by the canal so have to keep them in check.