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Posted: 25/01/2013 at 19:29

I have two "issues" with my current mower (a Hayter) and wish I'd tried it out for myself before buying it. 

1.  It's electric (key) start as well as having a pull-cord,  and I find it really difficult to connect the tiny 2-pin plug from the charger to the mini-"socket" on the machine itself, and it's just as difficult to separate them once the battery's charged. 

2.  The grass box is extremely awkward to detach from the mower.

I gather that these days the motors are designed to cut out for safety's sake when you take both hands off the controls.  However, it's impossible to detach and empty the grass box with one hand!  I've had to resort to being dangerous (!) and wind a stretchy cord between the handles/controls to keep the motor going, otherwise I'd have to re-start the wretched thing every five minutes.

Best type of bird feeder for a city garden?

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 17:57

Do you have any sort of outside space/yard/garden or do you have a "balcony flat" or similar? If so, you'd probably be able to use the feeders you already have.  Some birds  (blackbirds for instance) are ground feeders, so prefer to take stuff from that level but will venture on to a bird table if it's big enough.The chances are you'll get pigeons too! 

I think it's a mistake to site feeders right in the open, away from places where birds can perch whilst waiting their turn, as it were, and they need to feel safe from predators as well - so if you have any large shrubs it would be a good idea to site any feeders fairly close to that sort of shelter for them.  I think you can still get a feeder which can be fixed  to a window pane, via a suction pad or two, and these are fine for the smaller agile perching/climbing birds such as blue tits etc.

Perhaps  you could take a look at another thread on this board about feeding suet etc to birds, as you'd probably find the info and suggestions useful.


Fork Handles

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:16

Hi Jo!

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:14

Just to reinforce my argument ref readily available food for willdlife - the foxes round here seem to leave the rabbits alone, if the increase in numbers these past few years  is anything to go by.  Easier targets are the chickens & other poultry which are now housed on the land adjoining mine.  I often find part-carcases in the hedgerows & lanes, so it's clearly far less effort for the fox to get into the poultry runs, or catch the birds which escape, than it is for them to catch rabbits.


p.s. forgot to put in previous thread that I don't think you need a licence for an air rifle, which is what I think was used in the case in question. 

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:06

Just to clarify - people "have a right" to shoot things in this country, provided they have the appropriate gun licence, and the landowner's permission. In the case initially discussed on this board, I think the person wasn't in what you'd call a "public place" - it was his garden, I believe.    In fact, not many areas are actually "public places" - though you might be forgiven for thinking that, given that people feel free to roam through the countryside at will.


For example, although there is a public footpath which crosses the field at the back of my house, I do get a bit cross when/if people come along to take rabbits etc without asking my permission first.  Wildlife knows no boundaries and wild creatures are what you might call "opportunists" and will frequent places where food is easily and readily accessible, hence the huge increase in the numbers or "urban" foxes.  The same applies to squirrels - and rats, come to that - so don't be surprised if you see them in your garden!  All welcome to come after the rabbits here - but please ask me first!

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 18:31

You've just forgotten to "un-tick" the box!  Now....I might have an excuse for having a forgettery these days,

is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:02

ref rats - try your local council first & see if they'll do it FOC.

is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 12:21

If you can't be bothered to catch can make food for the birds from all sorts of stuff you probably already have in kitchen cupboards.   Stale bread, crackers, biscuits etc can all be whizzed in a blender for few seconds and mixed with left-over fat from, say, a roast - or you can mix in some vegetable oil.  It won't stick together (but it would if you use suet or beef dripping/lamb fat) and will probably provide as many calories.   You can add all sorts of other things too, if you have them:  unsalted peanuts (whizz them a bit first) cooked rice, grated cheese rind, porridge oats and so on work well too, and you can even use peanut butter if there's any left in the jar!  I put the resulting mix on a bird-table type thing, and also made a hanging "table" from an old/unused plastic tray.  I made three holes in the rim of the tray and hung it from an apple tree branch using one of those chain-type thingys which you get with hanging baskets.  Have also used wire coathangers in the past  to make a hanging-hook type thing. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 19:01

Snow with an easterly wind on Friday - created lots of drifts but not so much actual depth on the ground - however, last night changed things quite a bit & now there's approx 5" + drifts. 


Of course, as is the way of things, it was snowing again this morning when the logs were delivered.  I'd cleared the snow so they could dump the load on the ground (Pa's old muck shovel - remember those, Frank?- came in handy) but I had to cover most of the load  because I couldn't stack the logs under cover quickly enough..........  guess what I'll have to do tomorrow..........



Snow on my new shrubs

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:53

I'd suggest that if you're worried, you should shake the snow off before we get a thaw/freeze which will make the snow stick to the branches.    Best way is probably to use a long-handled garden tool/ broom or similar & tap each branch on the underside so that the snow falls off but you don't get covered in it! 

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