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Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:23

Phillipa, all the Police will do is tell you to inform the RSPCA. The RSPCA does have the power to remove animals, the Police do not and will not unless supported by the RSPCA. Entry powers can be granted by Magistrates Courts to both the Police and RSPCA via a warrant. As these chickens are in an enclosure on open ground a warrant isn't needed and the RSPCA can remove them without the assistance of the Police.  

Dove is incorrect (sorry Dove), the RSPCA is our first port of call for any animal cruelty or neglect case. The police role is to support the RSPCA and will not take any action without direction from them, this is national police policy and legally the approach the courts favour in any subsequent prosecution.

I would take photographs or video from a phone to support what you have seen, this will be dated and help the RSPCA if it decides to take any legal action.

In all probability, they will ask the owner to sign the animals over to them and issue a warning, prosecutions are usually only undertaken in the more serious cases, or persistent cases of neglect.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 23:17

They can both be grown in pots, variety isn't really important, just sufficient depth to the pot with carrots.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 23:14

Firstly if you do what you have described, it won't last 5 minutes. If it's going to retain soil it needs a proper foundation and cement, especially if there is any weight behind the wall, and wet soil is heavy.

Have you thought of  railway sleepers or scaffold planks instead. It really depends on what you want and the look you want to achieve and how long you want it to last.

Sleepers and bricks will last longer, sleepers don't lead to drainage problems, brick walls properly constructed with drainage slits have few problems as well.

I've done small beds with dry laid bricks, but they end up draining too quickly and are quite high maintenance.

How wide/long is the wall going to be? Dry laid bricks move too easily especially if you have children or animals.

I'd put a foundation of sharp sand and cement mixed 3 to 1 as a foundation, then lay bricks with cement to the required height. You shouldn't get huge drainage problems at that sort of height, and you can leave a slit between the 3rd and 4th brick on the first layer if your'e worried about it, and you can incorporate a step/s to give easy access to the lower level. It will last as well.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 22:39

Phillipa, RSPCA is your best bet. It's an offence to fail to provide adequate food and water to any animal which thus constitutes neglect. It is not your responsibility to educate this person, he has a legal obligation to look after his chickens. The RSPCA will have a local office and are only to willing to visit any animal in distress or being neglected. A simple phone call will solve this problem. As an ex police officer, the public who fail to call the authorities for whatever reason, often regret not doing so as the consequences of not doing so far outweigh the simple act of doing what is right in the first place. I can understand the dilemma in peoples minds, but I have seen in grim reality the consequences of not doing so ( the victims were human and children). Cruelty and neglect is a criminal offence no matter who or what the victims are.

Please, do what is right, no matter what the consequences. 

What is this caterpillar?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 15:01

I think I'd go with Dot moth as well, they can be green as well.

Talkback: Late-flying butterflies

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 10:03

I sow butterfly friendly annuals late in July, it extends the nectar season, which means I still have plenty of butterflies in my garden, even now. Yesterday was an especially good day, with ten counted in one hour.

Jasmine hedge

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:58

Montana's are extremely vigorous rose. I have one growing over an old pergola. It was pruned hard after flowering this year and the new growth has almost reached the state it was in before pruning, so be careful. You have to be brutal with them to keep them in check, not that they seem to mind. It's a good idea, but don't be surprised if it takes over.

Poor lawn

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:47

The dry September won't have helped the lawn Mark.

You need to scarify the lawn to take out the thatch that's there firstly. Then spike the lawn every 6 inches, and when doing so lift the grass slightly. Any bare patches can be resown. The weather is still mild and should germinate over the next few weeks. Spread compost on top of the bare patches before sowing then water in well and keep moist. You should see new growth about 10 days later. Compost the thatch or it can go in the garden waste if your council collects it. 

Hydrangera cuttings

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 13:02

Personally I wouldn't. I'd let them develop into larger plants. I always leave shrub cuttings for at least a year before even planting out. Left in a sheltered spot I find the extra time gets better results and they establish more quickly if larger. I take off flowering heads in the first year as doing so seems to help the root system grow bigger and stronger. Most plants bought in GC's and shops are at least 2 yrs old, some older. As for the Aluminum, I'd get that in the planting hole when planting. You can add some to the pot when they are established to speed the process, but they need a really good root system first to maximise the benefit.


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:27

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