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Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:47

I know just what you mean Nutcutlet!  I had a flock of starlings came down onto

the bird table this morning, but it was impossible to count them as they were

constantly changing position and as others flew in, some flew off!  Have been able

to count one robin, two blue tits, two great tits, one thrush, five blackbirds, eight

sparrows and seventeen starlings (but there were probably about twenty five - they

just wouldn't stay still).


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:36

Aah Panda what a lovely story - thanks for sharing it! 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:42

Hi All - Me too - on Saturday also!  I just love doing it and have now done it

for many years.  Speaking of birds, has anyone else ever been to see the

millions of starlings on the reed beds in the Somerset Levels?  I went with my OH

a couple of years ago and it was absolutely amazing!   I feel so sorry for all the

people on the Levels this year with the flooding - we were meant to be taking

friends there between Christmas & New Year but cancelled because of the

weather. Just wondering where all the starlings are going to roost there now

it's all under water - does anyone know?


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:26

Verdun - I made the mistake of planting a tiny little pampas grass twenty  oddyears

ago and now it's a monster, but I haven't the heart to uproot it as it's where my

hedgehogs hibernate!  I definitely wouldn't recommend it though - as soon as

the lovely cream fronds appear, the wind gets going and blows them all to

smithereens, so there's not much point in it really. It's O.K. on large estates

along with the ornamental rhubarb I suppose?! 


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:12

Thanks so much everyone for all your help and suggestions, it has really given

me lots of food for thought.  I liked your message 4thPanda!!  Think I'll do a bit

more research before I decide.  In answer to your question Nutcutlet, I wouldn't

want anything much more than 10ft. high but nothing less than 8ft high as it's

to screen off an ugly wall.  Will let you know what I decide........eventually!


Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:49

Thanks Verdun I will look into miscanthus.  I was a bit worried about the

bamboo being invasive, it was just a neighbour suggested it might be useful.

I don't want an actual hedge, but just a screen. 


Posted: 23/01/2014 at 21:55

Hi - I need to know if bamboo is nature friendly in the UK - having no pandas

around here I'm not sure if it's really ethical to plant bamboo?!!


I need your help!

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 21:45

Hi Hannah - Just to wish you success with your project.  Last year I began a small

wildflower garden on a private patch of lawn near to my home, which I'm hoping to

expand this year.  I loved seeing all the bees and butterflies on the wild flowers 

I'd grown.  In my back garden I have two hedgehogs, one little woodmouse which I

feed on peanuts, lots of different birds which have grown very tame during these

winter months and one toad!  

Would like a artificial grass course recommendation please

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 21:34

Ditto punkdoc  and ditto Nutcutlet! 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 18:57

Thanks a lot for that Dove.  I don't often get to a farm shop as I don't drive but I'll get 

my OH to take me there this weekend, to see if they have Baby Gems.   It just it shows it can be done, but perhaps it doesn't pay the growers if they try to

grow too much lettuce here in the winter months  - I love salad all the year round

but I expect lots of people don't like it in the cold weather. 

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