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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 18:15

Evening all. Had a nice little jaunt up to Glenshee today so will sort out some photos after dinner. Daughter is treating us to a Chinese so that saves me doing anything  

I haven't really caught up  here - but Clari, a**e kicking is definitely required....

I've not even got cards yet, let alone written any, although I've bought some from the John Muir Trust which I support. They should be here in a few days.  I'm not posting any, other than my sister and nephews, and all the rest can be hand delivered. It seems daft to spend so much on postage sending cards to people I never see from one year to the next. I'd rather give the money to charity instead. I know several people who do the same now.

Could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've had a woodie at a feeder, although I've heard them often in this garden and the one I had round the corner . Probably too much food for them elsewhere. Not seen my little nuthatch again yet 

How to bring frogs into my garden

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 09:31

Frogs/toads alone won't clear a garden of every slug - it's not that simple. Like Clari, I had a huge pond in my last garden, so it was frog/toad city. We had loads of other mollusc predators as well, but that didn't mean there weren't any slugs! Climate/location, time of year and the type of plants that are grown are all factors.

Looking to achieve a balance is the aim, and it isn't an instant fix - it requires patience 

How to bring frogs into my garden

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 16:50

Hi l.gardener - it's a combination of things. If you can control the slugs and snails a bit, especially in spring, by physically removing them or using the nematode approach, that's probably the best way forward initially. Encouraging birds in to help eat them will also help, and a little tray of water like KT53 suggests, will attract other wildlife. Before I made the little pond I have here, I left a seed tray of water out - mainly for the birds to drink and bathe in. All these things will make a difference over time. 

You could also have a little boggy area somewhere with a few pond and bog plants. That will give frogs somewhere to go even if you don't have a pond as such. Some logs and wild corners in a quiet spot too. The wider habitat is just as important for them as the water. 

New lawn going brown

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 12:42

Or been left too long and then scalped perhaps.....

New builds often have poor, compacted ground which builders just chuck turf down on top of,  so that can cause ongoing issues. What is the underlying soil like and what are the general conditions in the garden?

Any extra info you can give will help with further advice 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 12:35

I was talking to a friend yesterday about the lightboxes for her husband. Hopefully they might try one.

And now Greg Lakes' gone as well. Only 69......

I loved ELP when I was younger.

doc - no point being on here if you need saving from idiots.....

Sun's come out here- how did that happen? 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat - hope you're keeping well and it's not too hot. I haven't caught up with the jigsaws yet since I did the pipit ones, but I'll have a go later if possible 

Dark here but still mild. Most peculiar. Hope the weather is half decent for the weekend so that I can get out and test my new walking poles. They came yesterday but I was so excited about the nuthatch I almost forgot about them. I'm easily pleased...

Lovely to hear that so many others have nuthatches visiting. 

I'll try and catch up with the PMs too, now that I'm getting a bit quicker at this no mouse malarkey.

Better go and get my coat on and get to work. Hope everyone has a good day  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 19:57

Hello too LG.   I was just lucky that he didn't b*gger off while I got the camera! 

According to the RSPB site they're not regularly seen up here, but perhaps they're gradually becoming more common. We have a small National Trust garden close by and there's lots of woodland between it and the houses here. It also says they don't often travel far from where they breed, so there might be a little colony there. Not a lot of oak trees here, but plenty of beech which is a good food source for them. Now that it's come in, I hope it'll keep coming. There's been a big increase in bird numbers and visitors since we moved in here, now that they have a garden with some good cover and habitat, instead of gravel and slabs. It's very satisfying to feel it's making a difference  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 18:42

How lovely Joyce. Perhaps just being a little further south than me it makes the difference? Hopefully he'll appear regularly.  I never saw one in the garden round the corner and we watched birds constantly there when oldest fairylet was little. We had a tree creeper which came regularly and I briefly thought that's what it was as I couldn't see his colours initially. They're quite a similar shape and size, but even as I was thinking it, I knew it wouldn't be sitting on the feeder. Isn't it daft to get so excited about it!  I'd have felt awful if he hadn't found his way into the feeder 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:47

Never seen one before Dove so it's great. We have a fair bit of woodland around and plenty of conifers and pines etc. There's one of each next to the feeder! I hope he'll visit regularly now that he's found the restaurant  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:43

Thank you BL. Glad you enjoy the pix. 

I love the frozen lochans on hills. I like to get a few of those whenever possible

I enjoyed this year's Landscape Artist although I didn't care for the eventual winner. Enjoyed his final commission though. I like that they get to do a commission which counts in the final too - it's an impossible task to expect someone to create their best work in a few hours.

My favourite was in the final, but I won't say in case you get to see it! I expect you'd get it online. It's a very enjoyable watch. 

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