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Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:47


It's entirely possible that you saw a Hen Harrier in Essex. Apart from home-grown birds we do get a fair few winter visiting birds from Europe.


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:42

I'm very impressed with the Garden Warbler record, Pansyface. You must be in a very warm part of the country.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:59

Garden Warbler??

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 18:04

They're what Noddy has on his car.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:50


Collared Doves have been on Orkney and Shetland since for 40+ years. They even bred in the Faeroes and Iceland in the early 70s.

Tootles, what are yellow tits?

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:22

Any type of tool has its limitations, at which point you have to move up to the next level, eg. pruning saw or small bow-saw instead of loppers or secateurs.

aerating shoes

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 15:41

Are they any good for aerating lawns?

How do I get a Tree Preservation Removed?

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 18:03

One person's 'scruffy woodland' is another's interesting wildlife site. Your idea of a 'dream garden' could be someone else's nightmare. Should that gnarly, broken-down, mis-shapen tree in Sherwood Forest called the Major Oak be cut down and replaced with a nice symmetrical cedar or flowering cherry? After all it's hundreds of years old and looks half dead. Oh, wait a minute, it was voted Britain's tree of the year!

Grapevine pruning advice please

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:55

I'd cut all the spindly shoots growing from your horizontals back to the first bud.

Pruning an apple tree

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:30

In fact, further to what Bob says, I would cut the branch back in four or five increments from the top to make sure of not peeling the bark; it's quite a heavy branch to deal with in one go. Leave yourself about a foot of branch to take off with the final cut. Perhaps get someone else to support the branch while you concentrate on making the perfect cut! Also don't be tempted to do anything else to the tree until next winter - you're taking off half the tree as it is.

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