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What is this little bird please?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:55

I read this thread twice before I noticed you are in France, Robot. Black Restarts are quite common there, and nesting in barns is typical. They are quite rare in England and, oddly, mostly urban.

Help needed to identify fungi

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:28

Looks like an Earthball, possibly Scleroderma citrinum. Does it exude a cloud of very fine spores when you tap it?

Causing offence on this forum

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:52

Everyone on this board is funny and correct, never abrupt or boring, and thick skins are absolutely surplus to requirements. As chris2 says, read twice before you react.

why don't people bother to read post before answering them.

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 16:17

I think that British Rail should have pressed ahead with a more ambitious programme of electrification of the network in the 1960s.

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 06:11

It seems that glow-worms are in serious decline, probably due to habitat loss and pesticides, but maybe for other reasons. They prefer rough grass, and road verges were always a good place to see them. When some friends bought a house in France 20 years ago, our night walks would find thousands of them. Now it's down to just a few. Is it because the roadsides and ditches are now mercilessly mowed or are there other reasons? 

We need many more people to survey them in Britain to try to establish some baseline data, so if you've nothing better to do on warm nights in July, resolve to get out and look for them next year, and report your results to your local Wildlife Trust.

Discouraging Starlings

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 06:44

Cherish your starlings, Lunarz. They are declining nationally.


Free offers postage only

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 06:35

Three of my customers have fairly recently ordered plants on special offers in newspapers or magazines without looking carefully at the small print and were disappointed by the plants they received. In one case the three blackberry plants were pathetic 5-inch stems with wispy roots wrapped together in a tube. He thought it was a three-stemmed plant and that the other two were delayed in the post.

It would certainly have been preferable for him to find a better supplier, either garden centre or online, and get established plants which would have encouraged him by producing some fruit in year 1.

Creating A New Bed

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 16:09


Work out how much topsoil you need - you may be surprised - and see if it would be worth buying it in bulk rather than in bags. You should be able to get a tonne of ordinary soil for £30 or a high quality sieved product for £60. Look at the product before you agree to buy it and don't accept the delivery if it doesn't match what you've seen.


Stains On New Patio

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 16:01
sotongeoff wrote (see)
Moemye wrote (see)

- they are not going to put on the packet "this may stain concrete" are they?

Other weed and feed manufacturers have done for years.

Flagpole Cherry

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 15:50


You will know from your soil type whether it's likely to be waterlogged or dry. Personally, I wouldn't worry about it - cherries often look a bit scratty at this time of year.


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