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how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:21

It may be that the elder would be dying anyway - they're not long-lived trees.

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:12
goldfinches wrote (see)
.........  I want to remove the ivy but it seems to contain at lest one nest (wren) and is visited by lots of other birds so maybe there are other nests there, too. ,,,,,,

The reason it's visited by lots of other birds is because of the shelter the ivy provides and the insects that live amongst it.  If you get rid of all the ivy the birds will not be there.

Pictures missing

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:08

Daniel's flagged the problem up to the tech team - don't know how soon they'll be back - depends on whether there's a quick fix or not. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:05

Verdun that is absolutely awful - I'm horrified - such a different experience from the home where my parents are cared for.  The care they are given is better than I could give them and the staff really care about their welfare.  It is only a small home and not anything like as expensive as some - good care isn't about money it's about attitude.  And the standards have to be set from the top down!

Good luck with getting the right care for your mum - whether it's where she is or in another place.


Growing watercress and wasabi

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 07:49



Posted: 06/11/2014 at 07:47

Good morning all   Hazy blue skies and white fluffies here - looks like it's going to be a lovely day.  I won't be gardening 'cos I'm travelling down to Suffolk to attend an old friend's memorial service

Then I'll be back as the farm shop are holding their Turkey Tasting at Notcutts Sage evening - thought I'd go along to  lend a hand and see what else I might be tempted by

Talkback: How to store, freeze and dry your harvests

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:11

You can freeze lemons, oranges and other citrus whole and then use them later to make marmalade.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:05



Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:14

Isn't nature fascinating

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:01

Hi goldfinches

We moved into a similar house and garden 3 years ago - more ivy than garden!  Now is the best time to remove the ivy - nests aren't used at this time of year -  they may be used as roosts by wrens in very cold weather so you could get some roosting pockets to replace them.

Birds start nesting from early February onwards and it is illegal to disturb nesting birds, so that would be the worst time to do any work on the ivy. 

And when removing the ivy please remember that it is a very valuable wildlife resource, providing shelter for many birds, animals and insects.  The flowers provide invaluable nectar for bees and other pollinating insects at a time of year when nectar is scarce, and the berries are needed by blackbirds, fieldfares, redwings, waxwings and other birds in the winter when there's nothing else about. So if you can leave some ivy somewhere to grow where it can't do any damage that'll be really great

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