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Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:19

Patience Barry  

Most birds have already got their nest sites organised so just keep an eye out for them taking a look at potential new homes, but it might be next year so don't be disheartened. There's lots of food around for birds at this time of year so they may not be interested in feeders just now, but once it gets to autumn you'll find they start coming in. It also depends what birds are in your area so do a little research and take a look at what visits so that you can tailor the type of feed you use. It can take a while for birds to find your hospitality as they may have regular sites elsewhere which they go to first. I've been in this house just over a year and they're getting to know the garden better now -  it just takes a little time 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:10

A word of caution - some farmers can make your life very unpleasant if you get shirty with them.  Always better to ask nicely and just explain the issue politely. The last thing you need is a load of 'something' dumped on your driveway  or over your fence onto your plants. Believe me - it does happen. 

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:20

I think you need to have a word with the farmer Ian if they're pushing the wall down. I assume the wall is the field boundary, in which case it's his responsibility to maintain it. Alternatively - could you put another boundary just to the inside of the wall - even if it's just posts and barbed wire?

Can You Identify This Plant?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:51

I'd agree - Philadelphus 


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:40

They don't bother me but most animals don't. Don't leave bird food or feeders out overnight - only put out what will be eaten  during the day. All rodents will scrounge around for food lying on the ground so just be vigilant with cleaning any areas close to the house and don't leave anything out to encourage them in any way. If you're rural at all you can't really avoid getting mice now and again. If you're not, it may be that a neighbour somewhere is less than hygienic - worth checking out.

 I had one ( a mouse - not a neighbour )  which made a nest in my garage at a previous house. He'd found a bit of polystyrene which he scraped out and put some leaves in it for his little bed. He came out now and again for a scout round the bird table but I made sure there was never anything left on the ground to encourage them.  We lived beside fields and woodland so we were always going to get one indoors occasionally but  it was rare, and only in the coldest winters.

What is eating my Sweet Peas?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:23

Looks like leaf miner to me. Quite common on sweet peas. It's the larvae of beetles o r flies which burrow inside the leaf. I think you can use a chemical deterrent- I just leave them as it doesn't usually affect more than a few leaves and I pick those off. Most sturdy, strong plants won't really come to any harm, in my experience anyway.

Sparrows on a Hot Tin (Conservatory ) Roof

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:19

Forester - they really are thick aren't they? They nest every year in a large conifer near the door of the building I work in and I had to rescue a young one which had fallen out the nest recently. Wasn't likely to last long-  I could only tuck it up against the fence at the foot of the tree. Magpies or crows got it I think.

I had a sparrow family visiting recently. Dad on the ground  strutting about, Mum on the shed roof , and the two youngsters hopping along the fence chattering away. I'd just sat down for a break and I would have gone to get the camera but I'd probably have disturbed them if I had.


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:07

We tried those too rebecca....they laughed in our faces and brought their friends and families....

We used to have big metal feed bins where I worked (stables) and even with heavy lids on them, when you opened them up on a winter's morning there could be 3 or 4 big hairy rats scoffing. The owners of the neighbouring house - they also had horses - were very sloppy regarding hygiene so it took a while to get rid of them and keep them away. Terriers helped. 

Pixie and Dixie - I loved them. Mr Jinks was the cat.

Not as good as Top Cat though. 


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:42

Evening all. I think some of you need a cold shower....

Scorchio again here today. Been very busy outside after a very busy day at work, but having something to eat and will then put my feet up although there's i***ing to do. 

rosemummy- traps for mice - and plenty of 'em. Don't make the  mistake most people do - thinking there will only be one....there won't  We had loads of them at last house, but it's only to be expected with an old house in a rural  location. They had a run between the old exterior wall and the extension, which came out in the electric meter cupboard... 

Hi chrissie. Hope you enjoy the forum 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:57

Have a good time fidge 

Same here KEF. Too hot for me to do anything in the sun trap back garden apart from a little watering. Was going to cut the grass but will leave it till tomorrow after work.

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