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feeding the otter!

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 16:56

The heron could not have got into the pond the second  time and as for a cat it would have had to go right in the water swim around and fish then have got out again and as the depth is about 2-3 ft. that would have been a bit difficult, then it would have had to turn around and put the netting back into place. I don't know if cats volunteer to go fishing do they? I did not know but otters have been seen in the area and it would have been quiet as it happened sometime in the night. there is another , the mink I think but I have read that they leave a lot of mess around. The only thing we found after the first lot that went was a tail end of a fish dropped behind the garage.

feeding the otter!

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:48

The edges are hard-stone- and only just been done so no chance of a change but I'm sure I can put plants up along the edge and even have a log or some kind of wooden means of escape or access.We have had newts in the past and lots of frogs.

feeding the otter!

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:34

Hi Nutcutlet

I am begining to think so, I don't mind feeding the birds but that was just taking the..biscuit. Although I must admit I did enjoy the fish.What to put in the pond?


feeding the otter!

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:27

Behind the aforementioned pergola we have a pond 8ft.sq., for the last 15years we have kept gold fish which seem to have thrived. Last year, over night, all the fish vanished and we thought we had been visited by a heron. after investing in a new mesh cover we placed it over the pond weighed down round the edges by stones and new fish we bought! Two or three days later they were gone,the mesh was still in place slightly raised in one place, and we discovered that there are otters in area. Now the dilemma, do we invest in a stainless steel grill or put our hands up and turn the so calling fishpond into a wild life pond. I don't want to keep providing breakfast for the otters. Any opinions out there.  Finty 


Posted: 31/01/2013 at 21:58

Wow! I could put Phyllis Bide on one leg a clematis on the other  then on the back leg put a rose and/or clematis that thrive in shade, it is sounding quite exciting. I have just bought some sweetpea seeds,as Monty reckons it is the best time.Oh no! he said it was early winter didn't he? I await the time when I will be able to take photo's and if the results are as good as yours, I'll be very happy  


Posted: 31/01/2013 at 16:15

Hi Lilylouisegrow better

I thought a rose or two would be nice but then I wondered about the roots and if they would grow alright in a container but I do like clematis and it would probably grow better.

Thanks for the suggestion



Posted: 31/01/2013 at 14:42


 Can anyone tell me what climbing/rambling  rose, if any, I could plant in a container to grow up the pergola we had erected last year or ideas for any other climbing we could put in . Unfortunately it is on a hard standing so I cannot put the plants into the ground. It would be nice to have something growing up it especially something that does not need too much looking after,it looks a bit bare as it is also, I've just thought ,what size container will I need.

Waiting in antisipation



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