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Charlie November

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Posted: 30/07/2015 at 17:16

Domestic cats are lethal hunters, killing at least 275 million other animals a year in Britain, a report showed today.

With an estimated nine million pet cats in this country, the haul amounted to 200 million mammals, 55 million birds and 10 million reptiles and amphibians.

A new study from the government of Canada has found that domestic cats, both feral and owned, are the leading lethal threat to birds in the country, killing an estimated 200 million birds a year.

Sadly, any caught prey is not killed immediately, as cats have the cruel habit of treating them as playthings.

A recent study out of Great Britain reports similar concerns. Cats are increasingly earning themselves a reputation as wildlife killers, with estimates of animals killed every year by domestic cats in the UK numbering into the millions. This new study on the attitudes of cat owners suggests that proposals to keep cats indoors in order to preserve wildlife would not be well received. Feral cats and household pets are not a natural part of our ecosystem; humans introduced them, and some are maintained in the wild by well-meaning people. However, cats of any kind allowed to run free will capture and kill for food or sport. Scientific studies have stated that in less than 40 years we will no longer enjoy songbirds in our backyards.

..... and, of course:

Researchers studied cats in two U.K villages to determine the attitude of cat owners to their pet’s predatory habits. They found that irrespective of prey numbers brought home by their cat, owners did not believe cats are harmful to wildlife.

In the U.K, there are over ten million domestic cats spread across 23% of households. The Mammal Society estimates 275 million prey items are caught each year and 55 million of those are birds.


... so I have an alternative suggestion: anyone who wants a cat can move into the tower-block, and allow their cat to roam, scratch, piss and shit all over the corridors and stairwells of the tower-block, and the rest of us, who'd like to share the world with nightingales, skylarks, wrens, goldcrests, tree sparrows, house sparrows, hedge sparrows, dippers, blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits, coal tits, greenfinches, goldfinches, chaffinches, bullfinches, crossbills, mistle thrushes, blackbirds, forest dormice and newts, rather than toxoplasmosis and fleas, can have the rest of the island.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 23:04


Freilaufende Katzen werden erschossen


Yyyyyep. They mean it.

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 22:41

When you've had to dig a 50m ditch 50cm deep through the stuff to stop the rain from putting 12cm-tall springs up though the patio ...

... and, yes, had to dig a welly out of it while kneeling on the side ...

Doomed I tell you.......

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 22:36


I don't think those drown easily.

Doomed I tell you.......

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:03


"Not sure what I can plant in a garden which is clay base but always boggy."


Neighbours tree

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:54


The lateral roots spread out for up to 100 feet to help support the rest of the tree, and this can be an issue for nearby buildings and structures. The roots and rootlets of eucalyptus trees planted in a yard can grow into ditches, clog water pipes, and crack septic tanks and cisterns. The roots of eucalyptus trees planted in an urban environment can damage sidewalks, curbs and gutters. As the shallow eucalyptus roots grow and produce secondary thickening growth, they can heave up paved surfaces above and around them.

Plant eucalyptus trees so the distance away from buildings, structures and roadways is equal to two-thirds the potential mature height of the tree.


It is vitally important not to plant any tree too close to a building or important structure

- Firstly, to prevent the tree damaging the building

- Secondly, to prevent the building restricting the establishment and growth of the tree

Eucalyptus in particular need access to direct light and an unrestricted sky, to be able to grow properly into a tree, so no overhead shade (except for and which will tolerate some partial shade).

Position your Eucalyptus at least  two thirds its potential mature height away from a building on ordinary loamy garden soils and an even greater distance away from buildings if you have a clay soil (which has a tendency to shrink in periods of drought).

As a guide,  if you choose a variety which could attain 10 metres in height you need to plant it approximately 6-7 metres away from any structure on loam and probably about 10 metres away, if you grow on clay.



Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:02

Rain here started lunchtime yesterday. Sunshine just now getting through.


5 minutes later: Wrong. Sunshine *was* getting through. It's now raining again, and harder.

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 12:16

When I was buying my camera it came down to a choice between the Olympus with the big lens, the 40x optical zoom and the AA batteries and the Panasonic Lumix. I went with Olympus.

 This one. This one is amazing. Panasonic ought to be using this one as an advert.

Mowing thrills and spills!

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 01:46

If you run a mower over a wasp nest ... isn't the smartest thing to *keep* the mower over the nest, tape the controls at "full speed" and *then* RLF?



Posted: 25/07/2015 at 01:36

pansyface, have you asked the Iranians? I'm not sure they're got anything as cool as 24C this time of year, but they'd love the drizzle.

We could really do with a portal from "just above normal water level" somewhere upstream of York to above a reservoir in Iran. Instead of flooding York, all that water would go there and make people happy.

(No portals to Syria, though. They'd only get blown up.)

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 23:08

3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Last Post: 04/04/2015 at 22:42

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 19:59

An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Last Post: 01/05/2015 at 17:05

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Last Post: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

Rose cuttings: timing

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Last Post: 22/03/2015 at 14:30

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 19:53

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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