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Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:11

Every fruit has its time when its ripe and ready to eat. Yesterday, there was a small flock of mistle thrushes having a grand feast on our local yew berries.


Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:07

I'm sure Dove's link gives you the answer, ghog. They're very common. As far as poisoning is concerned, the answer is to leave them where they are. It's funny how we are tempted to think of fungi as food, when we wouldn't even consider the possibility of eating Red Campion or Hostas.


Fairy Ring

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:54

I'm not sure there's much you can do to kill it off, but you could re-sow the grass as the fairies move on.



Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:50


Do you get standing water on this area, or is it very soggy over the autumn and winter months?


New house, new lawn, mushroom hell!!!!

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 13:58

Can you be a bit more specific, Cat?

Very poorly Rowan

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 16:41

I'm not convinced that there's anything you can do, Silverbelle. How old is the tree; has anything about the ground conditions changed in the last two years?


wild life in the park

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 10:08

There's always an excitement at seeing kingfishers, perhaps because of their very exotic appearance and their particular lifestyle. Because of this we tend to assume that they're rare and shy. I think their apparent shyness is because of the way they operate, either moving at high speed or spending quite a lot of time sitting still, and of course they live where fish are plentiful, which is isn't always where we live.

Their numbers are governed by the fact that their habitat is mainly linear, either rivers or pond and lake margins so, as they are not flocking or social birds, their territories dictate that they will be fairly thinly spread. However, where there is food and suitable nest sites, there is no reason to assume that they will not live amongst us. Urban waters such as yours, Rose, provided they are unpolluted and have plenty of food (which is quite likely these days) are likely to attract all sorts of birds and give us the fantastic opportunity to watch how they live.

Enjoy them!


Help needed to identify fungi

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 16:03

They are no problem, Pollie.

Brand New Garden - 1 Year on

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 15:54

Hi John,

You've certainly made good progress. Someone above said about borrowing the landscape: just to be a bit revolutionary, why not consider taking off alternate fence palings to make more of the countryside beyond? Who knows, you may eventually decide to go completely for a less formal boundary.


Tools to tackle an overgrown laurel hedge

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 15:00

If the hedge has only got one year's growth to get rid of, then a petrol or good electric hedgecutter will make short work of it, but as Daintiness implies, if the branches are thick (over 3/4 inch) then you may need to get the loppers out.

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