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So pleased

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 22:03

We haven't had any for years. Now we see between one and five a night. They're loving Spike, raisins sunflower hearts and mealworms (which I find are a lot cheaper in Home Bargains). They do spend a lot of time at the water dish. We have a length of clay pipe into which I put some Spike. Hogs can get in and out easily but the food is well out of reach of any cats.

Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 19:59

Very interesting. Thankyou. At least I'm not going to be overrun with snails. I  quite like the blobs now .

Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 21:37

Having a bit of trouble posting the pics. The first one is one of the jellylike lumps on the dog's tablet lid and the second is a few of the blobs in a mug.

Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 21:34


Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 21:33


Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 06:43

Those gelatinous lumps that are attached to the underside of leaves  are the little packages of eggs laid by the snails aren't they? When on the leaves though they are virtually transparent. 

Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 20:55

We have some blanket weed but I know from trying to clear it out before that it's full of little critters that have no chance of crawling back to the water. So I tend to leave it ad push it to the shadiest spots. I thought we had a new type of algae which looks a pale muddy colour and consists of hundreds of near spherical/oval blobs about 1cm at longest point. I took some out and had a closer look yesterday and they are very similar to the jelly blobs of snail eggs I've found on plants before. They feel like it too. Surely I can't have a pond full of potential snail babies??!!! Or is there a type of algae that looks like this? Thanks


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 20:43

I've read that the ones hovering around outside don't have a sting. I don't think that should make a difference anyway because of all the four bumble nests we have had over the last few years, we have never been stung. The bees just sound aggressive to some folk but are just concentrating on their short life cycle. I don't think they will reuse the nest again either. We have some in our blue tit box this year. Bumble Bee Conservation have a lot of advice.

Covering expose liner in a pond

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:20

The far edge of our small pond is higher than the front edge sadly. there was no other way to dig it.  I brought the liner over the edge of the pond, made a 'slot' with a spade about 3" away and tucked the liner edge down into it. I then laid double strips of hessian over the edge and into the water. Then I put the turf up to the lawn edge and hessian edging.As long as the hessian was wet and acting as a wick the grass was green and grew down nearly to the water. It's now dangling into the pond and the only exposed bit is where the blackbirds bathe and then pull out the grass!!! Love the blackbirds.

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:09

Seen a single Tree Sparrow today and a pair of Yellowhammers. We used to  have a dozen or so Tree Sparrows.

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What dragonfly larva is this?

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Fungi id please

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Beetle ID please

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Plant ID

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